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Dr. Courtney Nava

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Dr. Nava joined the political science faculty at SUNY Plattsburgh in 2023. Dr. Nava received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Colorado Boulder, with concentrations in American Politics and Quantitative Research Methods. Her dissertation focused on the ways that support for civil liberties (including protest, gun ownership, and religious expression) are racialized, and on factors that underlie the relationship. She is a former fellow of the American Politics Research Lab and the LeRoy Keller Center for the Study of First Amendment Rights, and was the survey co-lead for the Colorado Political Climate Survey in 2020, 2021 and 2022. She won the Graduate Teaching Recognition Award from CU Boulder, a competitive university-wide award for excellence in teaching. 

Dr. Nava’s research focuses on the ways in which race intersects with various attitudes in the United States, including support for refugees, support for civil liberties, and taking Covid precautions, and how gender affects racial identity ascription. She teaches classes in American politics, political psychology, political institutions and quantitative research methods. 

  • Education
    • Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Colorado Boulder
    • M.A. in Political Science, University of Colorado Boulder
    • B.S. in Organizational Leadership, University of Iowa 
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