US Racial and Ethnic Politics: an Introduction D. Pinderhughes
About the Course
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This course explores US conceptions of race and ethnicity, how these have ordered institutional and philosophical developments in American politics, and examines how these conceptions matter today. We examine the major theories that discuss race and ethnicity in U.S. politics. Substantively, we consider the political experiences of specific groups: Native Americans, African Americans, Latinas/os, Asian Americans and European Americans. By examining these specific groups’ political experiences within broader theoretical, historical and institutional contexts, we will understand the bases for continuing conflicts and dilemmas, and to explore the possibilities for solidarity and coalition building. Finally, we consider how race and ethnicity interact with other identities such as gender and class in animating political action.
Prof. Dianne Pinderhughes
Pinderhughes is a member of the Department of Political Science and of the Department of Africana Studies. She is also a Faculty Fellow at the Kellogg Institute. She was previously a member of the Political Science faculty at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign (1984-2006), and also of Dartmouth College (1975-1984). Pinderhughes served as President of the American Political Science Association from 2007-2008. The APSA Presidential Task Force she appointed completed its report: Political Science in the 21stt Century. She is First Vice President of the International Political Science Association (2014-2016) and Program Co-Chair of the 2016 World Congress in Istanbul, Turkey.
Pinderhughes’ research addresses inequality with a focus on racial, ethnic and gender politics and public policy in the Americas, explores the creation of American civil society institutions in the twentieth century, and analyzes their influence on the formation of voting rights policy. Her publications include Race and Ethnicity in Chicago Politics: A Reexamination of Pluralist Theory(1987). New work includes Black Politics After the Civil Rights Revolution: Collected Essays, Routledge (forthcoming); she is co-author of Uneven Roads: An Introduction to US Racial and Ethnic Politics, Congressional Quarterly Press, forthcoming 2014. She is a member of the National Advisory Committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research Program; she was a member of the Board of Governors of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies from April 2005-May 2011, and Vice Chair of the Board from 2009 through May 2011. She has been a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2003-04).