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Black Americans’ Views of and Engagement With Science


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This report is made possible by The Pew Charitable Trusts, which received support from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. It is a collaborative effort based on the input and analysis of the following individuals. Find related reports online at:

Primary research team       

Cary Funk, Director, Science and Society Research  
Alec Tyson, Associate Director, Science and Society Research
Brian Kennedy, Senior Researcher
Alison Spencer, Research Assistant   
Emily Saks, Research Assistant

Editorial and graphic design          

Rebecca Leppert, Editorial Assistant
Margaret Porteus, Information Graphics Designer

Communications and web publishing      

Haley Nolan, Communications Associate
Reem Nadeem, Associate Digital Producer


The Pew Research Center is extremely grateful to a group of advisers who helped inform the development of the research study and provided guidance throughout each phase of the research. These include several Pew Research Center staff with primary responsibility for Center research related to race and ethnicity, as well as others around the nation who shared their time and expertise with the Center. Pew Research Center remains solely responsible for all aspects of the research, including any errors associated with its products and findings.

The advisory group includes:

  • Ms. Monica Anderson, Associate Director, Internet and Technology Research, Pew Research Center
  • Dr. Shetay Ashford-Hanserd, Associate Professor, Department of Organization, Workforce, and Leadership Studies, Texas State University
  • Dr. Lawrence D. Bobo, Dean of Social Science and W. E. B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences, Social Science Division, Harvard University
  • Dr. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Duke University
  • Dr. Kiana Cox, Research Associate, Race and Ethnicity Research, Pew Research Center
  • Mr. Samuel E. Dyson, Civic Science Fellow 2020-2021, Science in Society Funder Collaborative
  • Dr. Marla A. Franco, Assistant Vice Provost, Hispanic Serving Institution Initiatives, Office of the Provost, University of Arizona
  • Dr. Evelynn M. Hammonds, Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and Professor of African and African American Studies, Harvard University
  • Dr. Mark Hugo Lopez, Director, Race and Ethnicity Research, Pew Research Center
  • Dr. Daniel E. Martínez, Associate Professor, School of Sociology, University of Arizona
  • Dr. Besheer Mohamed, Senior Researcher, Religion Research, Pew Research Center
  • Dr. Neil Ruiz, Associate Director, Race and Ethnicity Research, Pew Research Center
  • Dr. Ruth Enid Zambrana, Professor, Department of Women’s Studies and Director of the Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity, University of Maryland

The Center also offers special thanks to Lisa Gaines McDonald of Research Explorers, Inc. and Martha Garma Zipper of MGZ Research. Lisa McDonald oversaw the focus group study and served as a moderator for group discussions with Black Americans; Martha Zipper was the moderator for focus groups with Hispanic participants, including those whose primary language was Spanish. They provided an invaluable overview of insights from these discussions for the advisory group and staff of the Center.

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