Question of the Month

Neoliberalism and black politics?

Has neoliberal ideology among black elites narrowed our conceptions of what’s possible in black politics as well as our focus on means to electoral politics & lobbying? If so, is this a good or bad development for blacks’ quest for social justice?

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Live webcast with Michael Dawson
November 2, 2011

Ask UChicago with Professor Michael Dawson at 11am on Wednesday, November 2!

He's Black.
September 8, 2011

Is Obama Black, Bi-racial, or Post-racial? Michael answers in a Zócalo Public Square chat.

Severe Hardship, Dashed Hopes
July 27, 2011

We are entering a period when for blacks there is a dangerous and growing confluence of severe economic hardship and dashed hopes.

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Michael C. Dawson is the John D. MacArthur Professor of Political Science and the College at the University of Chicago and the founding and current Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at the university.

Professor Dawson’s research interests include the development of quantitative models of African American political behavior, identity, and public opinion, the political effects of urban poverty, and African American political ideology. He also combines more recent quantitative work with work in political theory. Both his research on race and his strong interest in the impact of the information technology revolution on society and politics are fueled in part from his time spent as an activist while studying and working in Silicon Valley for several years.

Dawson is a founding co-editor of The Du Bois Review and the founding director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago. He was also co-principal investigator of the 1988 National Black Election Study and principal investigator with Ronald Brown of the 1993-1994 National Black Politics Study. (more)

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Dawson is working on two books tentatively scheduled to appear in 2012: Blacks In and Out of the Left: Past, Present and Future, and Reflections On Black Politics in the Early 21st Century.


Not in Our Lifetimes: The Future of Black Politics
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Black Visions: The Roots of Contemporary African-American Political Ideologies
2002 Ralph Bunche Award,
American Political Science Association
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Behind the Mule: Race and Class in African-American Politics
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Recent Work

“Black and Blue: Black Identity in an Era of Conservative Triumph” in Identity as a Variable: Conceptualization and Measurement of Identity

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From Out Chorus, 1979, by Romare Bearden. Silkscreen and watercolor. Owned by Michael Dawson and Alice Furumoto. You can view the full work, read more about Bearden and see more of his work.