Shakari Byerly is one of two Rev. James Lawson Teaching Fellows in the Department of Labor and Workplace Studies. She is a Ph.D candidate in the Department of Political Science and is pursuing her M.S. degree in the Department of Statistics. Shakari’s research covers a range of issues, including California politics and public policy, Black political behavior, and public opinion. Her dissertation addresses how the media represents the political attitudes of people of color in the context of campaigns and elections. Shakari earned a Masters degree in Public Policy from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and a B.A. from Dartmouth College. Before returning to graduate school for her Ph.D, she enjoyed a 20 year career in California politics and public affairs as a political strategist and pollster for dozens of cities, counties, local school districts, and candidates for public office across California and nationally. Her most recent work includes polling for U.S. Senator Kamala Harris in her Presidential Primary bid and serving as the lead researcher for the Los Angeles Unified School District, the County of Los Angeles, LA Metro, and the United Way of Greater LA on issues such as reforming school policing, ending homelessness, increasing youth civic engagement, and increasing health equity for undocumented Californians and BIPOC communities. Shakari will be teaching a course on Black Workers, Black Wealth, and Black Power during the Winter and Spring Quarter.