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Kaylee T. Johnson

Professional Title: 

Doctoral Candidate, Teaching Associate, Research Assistant


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B.A., Stonehill College


I'm Kaylee Johnson, a doctoral candidate, teaching assistant, and research assistant in the Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Welcome!

My dissertation project problematizes the middle class identity, focusing on the extent to which it is racialized. I contend that the middle class identity is exclusive on the basis of race. There are stark racial differences in middle class identification and furthermore, citizens implicitly associate the middle class with Whiteness, thereby demonstrating a racialized understanding of the identity. Media depictions of the middle class as White help to shape and reinforce this racialization, rendering what appears to be an inclusive, catch-all identity racially restrictive and the middle class trope problematic. 

I have been published in Political Behavior, PS: Political Science and Politics, and Presidential Studies Quarterly as well as served as a fellow on UMass Poll. My other research interests include public policy, political communication, political behavior, and political psychology.

Please feel free to look at my work on my website:

Additionally,  I am the graduate student administrator for UMass Women Into Leadership (UWiL), a professional development workshop, networking opportunity, and departmental course. More information about the program may be found at the UWiL website.



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