Paru Shah

Associate Professor
 Bolton Hall 676



PhD, Political Science, Rice University
MPH, Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago
BA, Philosophy, University of Michigan

Research and Teaching Interests

Race, ethnicity and politics, urban governance and politics, public policy analysis and outcomes in the educational arena

Courses Taught

  • PolSci 213 – Urban Government and Politics
  • PolSci 215 – Ethnicity, Religion and Race in American Politics
  • PolSci 388 – Latino Politics

Selected Publications

Keele, Luke, Shah, Paru R., and White, Ismail. “Black Candidates and Black Turnout: A Study of Mayoral Elections in the New South.” Journal of Politics 79.3 (2017): 780-791.
Shah, Paru R. “Stepping Up: Black Political Ambition and Success.” Politics, Groups and Identities. (2015).
Gonzalez Juenke, Eric, and Shah, Paru R. “Not the Usual Story: The Effect of Candidate Supply on Models of Latino Descriptive Representation.” Politics, Groups and Identities 3.3 (2015): 438-453.
Shah, Paru R. “It Takes a Black Candidate: A Supply-side Theory of Minority Representation.” Political Research Quarterly 67.2 (2014): 266-279.
Shah, Paru R., Marschall, Melissa, and Ruhil, Anirudh. “Are We There Yet? The Voting Rights Act and Black Representation on City Councils, 1981-2006.” Journal of Politics 75.4 (2013): 933-1008.
Shah, Paru R., and Marschall, Melissa J. “The Centrality of Racial and Ethnic Politics in American Cities and Towns.” Oxford Handbook on Local Politics. Ed. Clarke, Susan, John, Peter, and Mossberger, Karen. Oxford University Press, (2012).
Marschall, Melissa, Ruhil, Anirudh, and Shah, Paru R. “The New Racial Calculus: Electoral Institutions and Black Representation in Local Legislature.” American Journal of Political Science 54.1 (2010): 107-124.