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Patricia Posey is a Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as a Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Digital Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania, where she specializes in American Politics.  She has been recognized as a Fontaine Fellow, Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow,  American Political Science Association Ralph Bunche Scholar, and American Political Science Association Minority Fellow.

Patricia's dissertation examines how financial services such as check-cashings, auto title loans, pawn loans, and payday loans (collectively known as the fringe economy) influence the political participation and attitudes of fringe economy users who are low-income, disproportionately racial and ethnic minorities. Her dissertation is supported by the Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, the Urban Politics Section’s Byran Jackson Dissertation Research on Minority Politics Award, the University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences’ Teece Fellowship, and the Department of Political Science. 

Her research interests include American political economy, inequality, race and ethnic politics, and research methods. Her work has broader implications in the areas of urban political economy, political behavior, institutions, and the social implications of technology.  She has a book chapter with Daniel Gillion on the effects of minority protest on government responsiveness that is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press.  Additionally, she has published with The Washington Post Monkey Cage and the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Politics of Color. Her recent academic papers are available here and a dissertation description is available here.

Prior to joining the Political Science program at the University of Pennsylvania, she obtained Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Political Science and Sociology with a minor in Latin American Studies from the University of Florida in 2013.