"A scholar is a candle which the love and desire of men will light. Let me not lie in a dark box."
Ralph Waldo Emerson



Daniel Q. Gillion completed his Ph.D. at the University of Rochester. He was the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Scholar and the Ford Foundation Fellow at Harvard University for 2012-2014.  His research interest focuses on racial and ethnic politics, political behavior, public opinion, and the American presidency.  Professor Gillion’s recently completed book, The Political Power of Protest: Minority Activism and Shifts in Public Policy (Cambridge University Press) demonstrates the influential power of protest to garner a response from each branch of the federal government, highlighting protest actions as another form of constituent sentiment that should be considered alongside public opinion and voting behavior. This book is the winner of the 2014 Best Book Award from the Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA). Professor Gillion’s research has also been published in the academic journal Electoral Studies and Journal of Politics as well as in the edited volumes of Oxford Handbook of Political Behavior. Before joining the University of Pennsylvania’s faculty, he was the distinguished provost fellow in the political science department at the University of Rochester. During his time at Rochester, he also served as assistant editor for Perspectives on Politics. In addition to being a faculty member in the political science department at Penn, Professor Gillion is also an affiliate faculty member with the Center for Africana Studies and the Asian American Studies Program.

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