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Tatishe M. Nteta - University of Massachusetts Amherst. Amherst, MA, US

Tatishe M. Nteta Tatishe M. Nteta

Associate Professor of Political Science / Director of UMass Poll | University of Massachusetts Amherst


Tatishe Nteta focuses on public opinion and political behavior, with particular expertise in the politics of race and ethnicity.

Areas of Expertise (3)

American Politics

Politics and Political Analysis

Race Culture and Ethnicity


Tatishe Nteta directs the UMass Amherst Poll, combining the latest Internet polling technology, conducted through YouGov, with leading political science expertise in both Massachusetts and national affairs. Nteta’s research interests lie at the intersection of the politics of race and ethnicity, public opinion and political behavior. His work examines the impact of changing demographics and shifts in the sociopolitical incorporation of racial minorities on the contours of American race relations, policy preferences and participation.


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UMass Political Poll Results Breakdown | Connecting Point | Nov. 30, 2018 connecting point


Education (2)

University of California, Berkeley: Ph.D., Political Science

University of Maryland: B.A., African American Studies and Government and Politics

Press Coverage (5)

WCVB/UMass poll: Pollster breaks down NH numbers

WCVB Boston  tv


How solid are these NH poll numbers? UMass Amherst Poll Director Tatishe Nteta breaks it down. Tatishe Nteta discusses polling a week before the 2020 New Hampshire presidential primary.

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Trump Is Changing the Shape of the Democratic Party, Too

The New York Times  print


A column about the aftermath of the election of President Donald Trump quotes from a paper by Matthew C. McWilliams and Tatishe Nteta, political science, and former colleague Brian Schaffner.

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Diversity in Politics & 2045 “Minority White” Projection

WGBY - Public Television for Western New England  tv


Political panelists State Rep. Jose Tosado (D), Political Consultant Ryan McCollum, UMass Political Science Professor Tatishe Nteta, and Springfield Housing Authority Executive Director Denise Jordan comment on United States census projections that whites will be the minority race in the US starting in 2045 and the impact this may have on politics.

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The Madness of March

NPR Code Switch Podcast  online


Tatishe Nteta joins a discussion about whether college athletes should be played and how views of paying college athletes tend to vary among people of different races.

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0:16 / 9:15 UMass Political Poll Results Breakdown

WGBY - Public Television for Western New England  tv


Tatishe Nteta, director of the UMass Poll, breaks down the latest state-wide poll covering national and state topics.

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Publications (4)

Understanding White Polarization in the 2016 Vote for President: The Sobering Role of Racism and Sexism

Political Science Quarterly

Brian Schaffner, Matthew MacWiliam, Tatishe Nteta


THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN FEATURED major-party candidates who both explicitly put issues of race and gender at the forefront of the discourse.

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Here’s how female candidates can sway fathers’ votes — if their first child is a daughter

The Washington Post

Elizabeth A. Sharrow, Jill Greenlee, Jesse H. Rhodes and Tatishe M. Nteta


In the 2018 midterm election campaign, many female gubernatorial candidates have argued that their campaigns would be good for young women and girls in their states. ... Our research, newly published at Political Behavior, suggests that some voters — in particular, fathers whose first child is a girl — are indeed influenced by such claims.

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Whites oppose — and blacks support — paying NCAA athletes, especially when they’re thinking about race

The Washington Post

Tatishe M. Nteta, Kevin Wallsten and Lauren A. McCarthy


Most Americans are skeptical about paying college athletes. But public opinion on this divides sharply by race. Most whites oppose “pay for play”; most African Americans support it.

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Family Ties? The Limits of Fathering Daughters on Congressional Behavior

American Politics Research

Mia Costa1, Jill S. Greenlee, Tatishe Nteta, Jesse H. Rhodes, Elizabeth A. Sharrow


Scholars have long suggested that familial life can affect political behavior and, more recently, have found that fathering daughters leads men to adopt more liberal positions on gender equality policies. However, few have focused on the impact of fathering a daughter on congressional behavior, particularly in an era of heightened partisan polarization.

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