Tehama Lopez Bunyasi

Asst. Prof., Political Science, Ohio Univ.

Tehama Lopez Bunyasi, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Ohio University. Her research and teaching interests include race and ethnic politics, public opinion, marginal groups, racial authenticity, racial normativity, American political behavior, and political psychology.

Professor Lopez Bunyasi is currently preparing publications based on her dissertation, Breaking the Contract: The Epistemological, Moral and Political Possibilities of Seeing White Privilege. This multi-methodological project examines how the racial attitudes and political preferences of White Americans are affected by their perceptions of racial privilege. She is also working on a book project that examines how Latino racial identity is “made” and “re-made” through conversations between everyday people. She argues that the way we categorize groups and make meaning of their group membership has both subtle and profound consequences for the recognition of rights, and the dissemination of resources and power.

Prior to joining the faculty at Ohio University, Professor Lopez Bunyasi held the Samuel DuBois Cook Postdoctoral Fellowship at Duke University’s Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Social Sciences. She is also a recipient of the Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship.