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Antiracism in Thought and Action Speaker Series: Racial Politics after the 2020 Elections

When: Thursday, December 10, 2020
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM CT

Where: Online
Webcast Link

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Erica Canavan   (847) 491-7451

Group: Department of Political Science

Category: Academic, Multicultural & Diversity, Global & Civic Engagement


Professors Masuoka, Watts Smith, and Wallace are leading experts on racial and ethnic politics in the United States. They will discuss what they see as the future trajectory of antiracist politics under the Biden-Harris administration. They will also discuss how the nation can begin to heal from our deep political polarization around race.

On The Anti-Racism in Thought and Action Lecture and Discussion Series: 

Two members of the Change Makers Review Committee, Steven Adams and Stefanie Hicks, have partnered with Professor Alvin Tillery, Director of the Center for the Study of Diversity and Democracy to curate the Anti-Racism in Thought and Action Lecture and Discussion Series during the 2020-21 academic year. Scholars from a variety of disciplines will share research that provides transformative insights about the multiple crises of race we navigate in the United States. Each lecture will be followed by an interactive discussion or activity to catalyze meaningful reflection and action directed toward creating an anti-racist campus. The Office of Human Resources is sponsoring this series and invite all Northwestern Faculty and Staff to participate. 

About the speakers:

Dr. Candis Smith

Laurence and Lynne Brown-McCourtney Early Career Professor and Associate Professor of Political Science and African Studies @The Pennsylvania State University

Candis Watts Smith is Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies. She received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D in Political Science at Duke University. Prior to coming to PennState, Smith had posts at Texas A&M University, Williams College, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research explores the political and policy ramifications of shifting demographics in U.S. Smith is the author of Black Mosaic: The Politics of Black Pan-Ethnic Identity (NYU Press, 2014), the co-author of Stay Woke: A People’s Guide to Making All Black Lives Matter (NYU Press, 2019 with Tehama Lopez Bunyasi) and Racial Stasis: The Millennial Generation and the Stagnation of Racial Attitudes in American Politics (University of Chicago Press, 2020 with Christopher D. DeSante), and the co-editor of Black Politics in Transition: Immigration, Suburbanization, and Gentrification (Routledge, 2018 with Christina M. Greer).

Dr. Sophia Jordán Wallace
Associate Professor of Political Science @University of Washington

Sophia Jordán Wallace is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington. She received her B.A. from UC San Diego and her Ph.D. from Cornell University. She specializes in Latino Politics, representation, and immigration politics and policy. Her research has been funded by the Ford Foundation, Social Sciences Research Council (SSRC), and Dirksen Congressional Center. Her co-authored book, Walls, Cages, and Family Separation: Race and Immigration in the Trump Era, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2020. She is a co-founder and co-organizer of SPIRE, Symposium on the Politics of Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity, which is an annual conference of race, ethnicity, and politics scholars. She is the Director of the Washington Institute for the Study of Inequality and Race (WISIR). She is also currently one of the editors of Political Research Quarterly. Dr.

Natalie Masuoka
Associate Professor of Political Science and Asian American Studies @University of California, Los Angeles

Natalie Masuoka is Associate Professor of Political Science and Asian American Studies. Her research interests include racial and ethnic politics, immigration, political behavior and public opinion. Her first book, The Politics of Belonging: Race, Public Opinion and Immigration (co-authored with Jane Junn) examines how and why whites, blacks, Asian Americans and Latinos view immigration and immigrants in systematically different ways. This book was the winner of the 2014 Ralph Bunche Award by the American Political Science Association. Her second book, Multiracial Identity and Racial Politics in the United States, explores the rise of Americans who self-identify as mixed race or multiracial and the impact on politics. This book was recognized as the best book in political behavior by the Race, Ethnicity and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. Professor Masuoka received her Ph.D. and M.A. from University of California, Irvine and a B.A from CSU Long Beach.

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