Omar Wasow



Curriculum Vitae



  • Unrest, 2017. Executive Producer of Sundance award-winning and Oscar-shortlisted documentary directed by Jennifer Brea. Film certified for continuing medical education credits and used in both research and clinical settings.


  • Stanley Kelley, Jr. Teaching Award, Department of Politics, Princeton University. 2019.
  • Bobst Faculty Research Grant, Bobst Center, Princeton University. 2015-16.
  • Dissertation Fellowship, Project on Justice, Welfare and Economics, Harvard University. 2011-12.
  • Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellowship, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute, Harvard University. 2010-11.
  • Henry Crown Fellowship, Aspen Institute. 2008-10.
  • Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation. 2007-10.


  • FRS165: Projecting Power
    • Description: First-year seminar on ethnic politics that combined traditional political science texts and film
    • Syllabus
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  • POL346: Applied Quantitative Analysis
    • Description: Second semester undergrad stats
    • Syllabus, slides and handouts
    • Evaluations in 2020:
      • 100% would recommend course to other students (77% “strongly recommend” and 23% “recommend”)
      • Overall rating: 4.8 out of 5
      • Full course evaluation for 2020
    • Evaluations in 2019:
      • 95% would recommend course to other students (81% “strongly recommend” and 14% “recommend”)
      • Overall rating: 4.7 out of 5
      • Full course evaluation for 2019
  • GOV30: American Government (while grad student at Harvard)
    • Description: Intro to American Government
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Book Project:

  • The Protester’s Dilemma: How 1960s Black Protests Influenced Media and Politics.

Working Papers:

  • “Conditional ethnocentrism: Experimental evidence from protests in the United States.”
  • “How Anti-Immigrant Policies and Rhetoric Angers and Mobilizes Latinos,” with Nicholas Valentino, Ali Valenzuela and Matt Barreto. (Presented at APSA 2019)
  • “Affluent politics and the rise of Trump,” with Tali Mendelberg and Sean Kates.
  • “The Boundaries of Black Voting,” with Brandon McGhee.
  • “Election Effects, Perceptions of Immigration Context and Self-Reported General and Mental Health among Latinos and Whites in the United States,” with Ali Valenzuela and Krista Perriera.

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About Me

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at UC Berkeley. I received a PhD in African American Studies, an MA in Government and an MA in Statistics from Harvard University. Previously, I co-founded and the Brooklyn Excelsior Charter School. I can be reached at owasow -at- gmail -dot- com.

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