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Maya Sen

Appointment
Associate Professor of Public Policy

Acharya, Avidit, Matthew Blackwell, and Maya Sen. Deep Roots: How Slavery Still Shapes Southern Politic. Princeton University Press, 2018.

Abstract

Despite dramatic social transformations in the United States during the last 150 years, the South has remained staunchly conservative. Southerners are more likely to support Republican candidates, gun rights, and the death penalty, and southern whites harbor higher levels of racial resentment than whites in other parts of the country. Why haven't these sentiments evolved or changed? Deep Roots shows that the entrenched political and racial views of contemporary white southerners are a direct consequence of the region's slaveholding history, which continues to shape economic, political, and social spheres.