Rana B. McReynolds

Rana McReynolds

Position Title
Ph.D. Candidate

Kerr Hall 568
1 Shields Avenue, Davis CA 95616


Rana B. McReynolds is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of California, Davis.

Research Focus

I study American politics with a focus on intersectionality. Specifically, I'm interested in how voters’ perceptions of Black women candidates shape vote choice, candidate incentives, and policy outcomes. I also study gender stereotypes, sexism, and misogynoir.

My dissertation project examines how ambivalent sexism and racial resentment influences voters’ evaluations of Black women candidates.

Education and Degree(s)
  • M.A. in Government, California State University, Sacramento (2018)
  • B.A. in Government, California State University, Sacramento (2015)
Honors and Awards
  • 2023-24 Dissertation Year Fellowship
  • 2023 Ruth B. Mandel Dissertation Award
  • 2023 Graduate Student of Color Summer Research Award
  • 2023 Marvin Zetterbaum Award for Excellence in Graduate Education
  • 2022 Carrie Chapman Catt Prize
  • 2022 Summer Diversity Fellowship
  • 2020 Faculty-Student Summer Collaborative Research Fellowship, Collaboration with Walter Stone and Benjamin Highton
  • 2018-19 UC Davis Provost’s Fellowships in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Women in Politics, Fall 2022
  • Introduction to American Politics, Summer 2021