Thompson 524

Office Hours:
Fall 2023: by appointment

Degree: Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Area of Study: American politics

Graduation Year: 2007

Program: Political Science


My research interests lie at the intersection of the politics of race and ethnicity, public opinion, and political behavior. More specifically, my work examines the impact of changing demographics and shifts in the sociopolitical incorporation of racial minorities on the contours of American race relations, campaigns, policy preferences, and participation.


UMASS Amherst Research Support Grant, Fall 2010 ($4,000)

UMASS Faculty Research Grant, Fall 2010 with Brian Schaffner & Ray LaRaja ($14,374)

UMASS Amherst Matching Funds Grant, Fall 2010 with Brian Schaffner & Ray LaRaja ($10,000)

UMASS Amherst Proposal Preparation Grant, Spring 2010

Massachusetts Society of Professors Research Support Award, Spring 2010 ($800)

UMASS Flexible Grant for Teaching & Faculty Development, Spring 2010 ($500)

Commonwealth College Research Assistant Fellowship Award, Spring 2010 ($1,000)


Peer Reviewed Articles

Tatishe Nteta and Melinda Tarsi. “Military Service, Racial Resentment, and Generational Membership.” Armed Forces and Society.  Forthcoming

Tatishe Nteta, Rebecca Lisi, and Melinda Tarsi. “Rendering the Implicit Explicit: Political Advertisements, Partisan Cues, Race, and White Public Opinion in the 2012 Presidential Election.”  Politics, Groups, and Identities.  Forthcoming.

Tatishe Nteta. 2014. “The Past is Prologue: African American Opinion Toward Undocumented Immigration.” Social Science History 38(3-4): 389-410

Tatishe M. Nteta and Jill Greenlee. 2013. “A Change is Gonna Come: Generational Membership and White Racial Attitudes in the 21st Century.” Political Psychology 34(6): 877-897.

Tatishe Nteta and Kevin Wallsten. 2013. “Are Separate Struggles Really One? African American Clergy, Elite Messages, and African American Perceptions of Commonality with Latinos.” National Political Science Review 15: 19-38.

Tatishe Nteta and Brian Schaffner. 2013. “Substance and Symbolism: Campaign Appeals to Minority Voters in U.S. Senate Elections.” Political Communication 30(2): 232-253. 

Tatishe Nteta. 2013. “United We Stand?  African Americans, Self Interest, and Immigration Reform.”  American Politics Research. 41(1): 147-172.

Kevin Wallsten and Tatishe Nteta. 2012. “Something in Common? Elite Messages, Partisanship, and Latino Perceptions of Commonality with African Americans.” The DuBois Review: Social Science Research on Race9(2): 355-374.

Tatishe Nteta and Kevin Wallsten. 2012.  “Preaching to the Choir? Religious Leaders and American Opinion on Immigration Reform.”  Social Science Quarterly. 93(4): 891-910.

Chapters in Edited Volumes

“Follow the Leader? Elite Messages and Latino Perceptions of Commonality with African Americans.” In Just Neighbors? Research on African American and Latino Relations in the U.S.  Edited by Edward Telles, Gaspar Rivera-Salgado, and Mark Sawyer.  New York: Russell Sage Press.  2011. (with Kevin Wallsten)

 “Plus ca Change, Plus C’est La Meme Chose? An Examination of the Racial Attitudes of New Immigrants in the U.S.” in Transforming Politics, Transforming America: The Political and Civic Incorporation of Immigrants in the United States.  Edited by Taeku Lee, Kathrick Ramakrishnan and Ricardo Ramirez.  University of Virginia Press. 2006


Manuscripts Under Review

Kevin Wallsten and Tatishe Nteta. “Race, Partisanship, and Perceptions of Inter-Minority Commonality.” Revise and Resubmit at Politics, Groups, and Identities

Tatishe Nteta, Jesse Rhodes, and Melinda Tarsi. “Conditional Representation: Presidential Rhetoric, Public Opinion, and the Representation of African American Interests.”  Revise and Resubmit at the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics

Tatishe Nteta and Kevin Wallsten. “For You Were Strangers in the Land of Egypt: Religious Elites, Public Opinion, and Immigration Reform in the United States.”  Revise and Resubmit at International Migration Review

Tatishe Nteta, Ivelisee Cuevas-Molina, & Wouter van Erve.  “Awakening the Giant? Latino Candidates, Minority Empowerment, and Latino Turnout in 2012 Congressional Election.”  Under Review at American Politics Research

Manuscripts in Progress

Tatishe Nteta. “Message or Messenger? Conservative Elites, Partisanship, and African American Opinion Toward Immigration Reform.”

Tatishe Nteta and Rebecca Lisi. “Political Advertisements and Public Opinion Toward Immigration Reform.”

Tatishe Nteta, Elizabeth Sharrow, and Melinda Tarsi. “Burying the Hatchet? Elite Influence and Public Opinion on the Washington Redskins Controversy.” 

Tatishe Nteta, Kevin Wallsten, Lauren McCarthy.  “Pictures Inside Our Heads: Racial Resentment, White Public Opinion, and the Politics of Paying College Athletes."

Jill Greenlee and Tatishe Nteta. “The Obama Generation: Race, the Impressionable Years Hypothesis, and White Public Opinion in the Twenty-First Century America.”  Book Manuscript

Tatishe Nteta and Kevin Wallsten.  Call and Response? Religious Elites and Immigration Reform in the United States.  Book Manuscript

Tatishe Nteta, Jesse Rhodes, Libby Sharrow, and Jill Greenlee.  “Public Opinion, Political Behavior, and the Transformative Impact of Fatherhood.”  Book Manuscript


  • Political Science 101 - Introduction to American Politics
  • Political Science 310 - Race and Politics
  • Political Science 307 - African American Politics
  • Political Science 391 - Political Psychology
  • Political Science 791 - Political Behavior
  • Political Science 797 - Race, Culture, and American Politics
  • Political Science 797 - Political Psychology