Fifty Shades of Deservingness: An Analysis of State-Level Variation and Effect of Social Constructions on Policy Outcomes

Thursday, November 4, 2021 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

A Distinguished Speaker Series Event

Speaker: Candis Watts Smith
Associate Professor of Political Science at Duke University


The criminal legal system, gun regulations and rights, immigration and welfare are just some of the policies that impact the everyday lives of U.S. citizens. Many of these policies are shaped and informed based on political ideologies, but they also develop based on their perceived benefits to specific groups. Dr. Smith shares how certain groups are considered more deserving than others, and how these perceptions influence public attitudes toward policies.

Speaker Bio:

Candis Watts Smith is Associate Professor of Political Science at Duke University. She is on a mission to understand why some citizens are able to carry larger bundles of rights and privilege than others.

This talk is sponsored by the UCF College of Sciences and is co-sponsored by UCF School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs.


The College of Sciences is pleased to announce a Distinguished Speaker Series, entitled COSTalks, to celebrate the diversity of contributors to outstanding scholarship in the natural and social sciences. The intention of the series is to promote diversity and inclusion among our faculty and students by bringing highly successful academicians from historically underrepresented backgrounds to UCF.

Additional important goals of the series are to encourage UCF undergraduates from historically underrepresented backgrounds to continue their pursuits in the natural and social sciences, and to enrich graduate student professional development by providing opportunities to interact with diverse faculty.

To learn more about this series, visit here.

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