Gwen Prowse

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I am a joint doctoral student in political science and African American studies, with a focus on race and inequality in the American city. I am also a co-PI (with Vesla Weaver and Tracey Meares) for the Portals Policing Project, which examines how police-citizen interactions shape political knowledge and political discourse in majority-Black communities in the United States.

I am a research fellow with the Institute for Social Policy Studies (ISPS) and affiliated with the Justice Collaboratory at Yale Law School. Prior to attending Yale, I worked as a community organizer and educator in urban and rural communities in the US. I graduated from Rutgers University—New Brunswick in 2011, with a BA in urban planning and public policy.

Fields of Interest:

American politics, urban politics, political economy, race and ethnicity politics


Prowse, Gwen, Vesla M. Weaver, and Tracey L. Meares. 2019. “The State from Below: Distorted Responsiveness in Policed Communities.” Urban Affairs Review.

Weaver, Vesla M., Gwen Prowse, and Spencer Piston. 2019. “Too Much Knowledge, Too Little Power: An Assessment of Political Knowledge in Highly Policed Communities.” The Journal of Politics. Symposium on Race and Law Enforcement.
Weaver, Vesla M., Gwen Prowse, and Spencer Piston. “Withdrawing or Drawing In? Political Discourse in Policed Communities.” Forthcoming in Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics.