Nicole Thornton is a Provost Postdoctoral Fellow in the Political Science department at Johns Hopkins University. Her research broadly concerns the politics of democratic inclusion across the African Diaspora, where she examines the barriers for inclusion of Afro-descended populations. She is currently working on a book project that critically investigates the tension between race and ethnicity in the construction of multiculturalism in postcolonial and settler societies. Using an approach that highlights the role of diasporic politics in the negotiation of multicultural policies, her research demonstrates that in the current "post-racial" era, immigrant political actors have negotiated the terms of their recognition, national belonging and democratic inclusion at the exclusion of Afro-descended populations popularly constructed as problematically "native" to the territory and defined as having a lack of diasporic cultural value. Dr. Thornton previously worked as a Social Policy Researcher for the American Civil Liberties Union and as Electoral Data Assistant for the Center for Community Change during the 2008 presidential election. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University and her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.