Claudine Gay is a professor of government and of African and African American studies at Harvard University. Her research interests are in the fields of American political behavior, representation, and race and ethnic politics. Her most recent work considered the impact of government-funded housing mobility programs on political participation among the poor.
Gay’s current project examines the politics of affordable housing development, with particular attention to the political process governing the administration of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program. Her study explores whether elected state officials channel development tax credits to geographic constituencies for political ends, and whether the receipt of tax credits affects a community’s support for those officials.
Gay received her AB in economics from Stanford University and her PhD in government from Harvard University. She is a coeditor of Outsiders No More? Models of Immigrant Political Incorporation (Oxford University Press, 2013), and her research has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, Political Behavior, and Urban Affairs Review.