North Central College - Naperville, IL

Political science professor awarded grant to research race issues

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Stephen Maynard Caliendo, associate professor of political science at North Central College, and Charlton McIlwain of New York University have been awarded a $21,000 grant by Time-Sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences (TESS) and funded by National Science Foundation for their project, “The Effects of Racial and Racist Appeals on White Voters.”

Their study is designed to ascertain how anti-black racial appeals and black candidate appeals to racial authenticity affect white potential voters’ perception of both black and white candidates. Results from the study are part of Caliendo’s and McIlwain’s forthcoming book, “Race Appeal: The Prevalence, Purposes, and Political Implications of Racial Discourse in U.S. Electoral Politics,” published by Temple University Press. They also are co-editors of the forthcoming “Routledge Companion to Race & Ethnicity.”

Caliendo, of Chicago, and McIlwain, of New York, are codirectors of The Project on Race in Political Communication, which is designed for students, scholars, educators, political professionals, members of the media and others who are interested in learning more about the interaction of race, politics and language. Visit for more information.

North Central College’s political science program prepares students for careers in such fields as law, government, business, education and journalism, as well as graduate study and research. North Central graduates have gone on to become DuPage County state’s attorney, lawyers in private and public practice, professionals in both public and non-governmental international organizations, staff members of state and congressional legislators, and teachers and college professors.

Students in North Central’s political science program have opportunities to participate in the American Mock Trail Association where they can argue a criminal or civil case and compete against major college and university teams; participate in the Model United Nations program to travel to and learn about the politics, government, economics and culture of another country; study politics, economics, law, foreign policy and journalism in Washington, D.C., as part of the Washington Semester Program; engage in independent research and apply to obtain a Richter Independent Study Fellowship to fund travel and project development; and secure internships for the White House, members of Congress, political campaigns, legal firms and others.

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Caliendo has authored or co-authored more than 20 papers presented at national and regional professional conferences and is often called upon to provide analysis for print media stories and to appear on radio and television programs to lend his expertise to national, state and local political issues. He is available for interviews by print and broadcast journalists, students (all levels) and community leaders.

About North Central College
Founded in 1861, North Central College is an independent, comprehensive college of the liberal arts and sciences that offers more than 55 undergraduate majors and graduate programming in six areas. Located in Naperville, Ill., North Central is recognized as one of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report, which cites it as one of the top six schools in the Midwest for “Strong Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching”; as “a college for high-achieving students” by Peterson’s Competitive Colleges; and as one of “America’s Best Colleges” by Forbes. For more information about North Central College visit

Caliendo may be reached at 630-637-5244 or