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Alexandra Filindra, PhD

Associate Professor

Political Science and Psychology

Pronouns: She/her/hers


Building & Room:

1108D BSB


1007 W. Harrison Street

Office Phone:

(312) 996-1234



Alexandra Filindra is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Psychology at the University of Illinois Chicago. In AY 2021-2022, she served as Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Diversity and Democracy, at Northwestern University. She specializes in American gun politics, immigration policy, race and ethnic politics, public opinion, and political psychology. Dr. Filindra received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University and served as a post-doctoral researcher at Brown University’s Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions and the Center for the Study of Human Development. She is the author of more than 30 peer-review articles. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Politics, Political Behavior, Policy Studies Journal, Regional Studies, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, Harvard Education Review, Migration Studies, International Migration, and other scholarly journals.
Her research has been supported by grants from the University of Illinois Chicago, the Pew Center for the States, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Rhode Island Foundation. She is the recipient of three best paper awards from the American Political Science Association and the Lucius Barker Award from the Midwest Political Science Association.
Her book, Race, Rights, and Rifles will be published by the University of Chicago Press (2023). A second book on gun politics (with Noah Kaplan) is under contract with New York University Press.


Selected Grants

UIC, Creative Activity Grant, ($23,000), 2022-2023

Swiss National Science Foundation, “On the Move” Program (with A. Manatschal and E. Green), ($200,000), 2021-2023

Swiss National Science Foundation, “On the Move” Program (with A. Manatschal and E. Green), ($135,000), 2018-2020

Russell Sage Foundation, Immigration Laws in the States (with S. Pearson-Merkowitz), ($133,000), 2015-2017

UIC, Chancellor’s Discovery Fund, ($40,000), 2014-2015

Pew Center for the States, Immigration Legislation in the States 1990-2013, ($94,000), 2013-2016

UIC, Chicago Area Study (with N. Kaplan), ($65,000), 2013-2014

Selected Publications


Filindra A. (ed.) (2019) Special Issue on Conceptualization and Measurement in 50 State Models of Policy Outcomes in Racialized Domains. Policy Studies Journal, 47(3): 493-848


Filindra, A. N. Kaplan, B. Buyuker (2022) Not Just About Performance: The Racial Antecedents of Whites’ Mistrust of Government,” Political Behavior, Vol. 44(2):961-79

Filindra A., L. Harbridge-Yong (2022) “How Do Partisans Navigate Intra-group Conflict? A Theory of Partisan Leadership Cues,” Political Behavior (online view)

Bonilla, T., A. Filindra, and N. Lajevadi (2022) “The Context-Dependence of Social Norms in Evaluations of Racially Derogatory Political Messages among Blacks and Whites” Journal of Politics, (online view)

Filindra, A. and E.J. Fagan (2022) “Black, Immigrant, or Woman? The Implicit Influence of Kamala Harris’ Vice-Presidential Nomination on Support for Biden in 2020,” Social Science Quarterly, 103: 892– 906

Filindra A., N.J. Kaplan, and B. Buyuker (2021) “Racial Resentment or Modern Sexism? White Americans’ Outgroup Attitudes as Predictors of Gun Ownership & NRA Membership,” Sociological Inquiry, Vol 91(2):253-286

Filindra, A. and A. Manatschal (2020) “Coping with a changing integration policy context: American state policies and their effects on immigrant political engagement,” Regional Studies, Vol. 54(11): 1546-57

Filindra, A. (2019) “Is Threat in the Eye of the Researcher? Immigration Policy and Measurement,” Policy Studies Journal, Vol. 47(3): 517-543

Filindra, A. and N. Kaplan (2016) “Racial resentment and white gun policy preferences in contemporary America,” Political Behavior, Vol. 38 (2): 255-275.

Condon M., A. Filindra and A. Wichowsky (2016) “Immigrant Inclusion in the Safety Net: A Framework for Analysis and Effects on Educational Attainment,” Policy Studies Journal, Vol. 44 (4):424-448


PhD in Political Science, Rutgers University

Professional Memberships

Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics (Cambridge University Press), January 2019-present
Editorial Board member, Politics, Groups & Identities, 2016-present; Social Science Quarterly, 2018-present
Section Council Member, APSA Public Policy Section, 2022-2025
Council Member, American Political Science Association, 2019-2022

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