You might be surprised to discover that many political scientists just don’t have the stomach for politics. Many of us are far more comfortable with theories and hypotheses than with delving into actual realities in communities, neighborhoods, cities, and politics in action.
I confess that although I absolutely love the world of politics, campaigning, and elections, I had become a bit jaded after the 2016 presidential election. And then came Stacey Abrams, the woman vying to become Georgia’s next governor, and the first black female governor in the history of the United States.
You might laugh—an African American woman governor of a red Southern state. But a look at how she’s made it this far shows that neither she nor her candidacy should be underestimated. Abrams has consistently beaten the odds and exceeded expectations in various stages throughout her life, the Georgia governor’s race is no different.