Jennifer St Sume is a PhD student in Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park focusing on race and American politics. Specifically, her research approaches American "citizenship" as a summative construct of United States policy and questions how black Americans deliberate and define this citizenship within their own community. Her other work includes research on the political attitudes of non-religious people of color in a "secularizing" world and an emerging project on psychological predictors of violence. Jennifer received her B.A. in Communication from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL where she graduated a Presidential Scholar. She also received an M.A. in Communication from Wake Forest University where she focused on race and presidential rhetoric. A daughter of Haitian immigrants and native of south Florida, she enjoys karaoke by the beach, Publix chicken tender subs, and cool craft beers.

Areas of Interest

  • Race and Ethnicity Politics
  • Political Behavior


  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Communication (Political Communication), Wake Forest University, 2017
  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Communication, Florida Atlantic University, 2015

Research Topics

  • American Politics
  • Methodology
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Tydings 1115E
Government and Politics Department
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