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.

Papers, Articles & Book Reviews

(Selected papers from this section will be available for downloading in the future.)

Papers Published

2006. After the Deluge: Publics and Publicity in Katrina’s Wake. The Du Bois Review: 3:239-249.

2004. Dawson, Michael C., and Rovana Popoff. “Reparations: Justice and Greed in Black and White.” The Du Bois Review. 1:47-92.

1994. Dawson, Michael C. “A Black Counterpublic? Economic Earthquakes, Racial Agenda(s), and Black Politics.” Public Culture. 7:195-223.

1993. Cohen, Cathy and Michael C. Dawson. “Neighborhood Poverty and African American Politics” The American Political Science Review 87:286-302.

1990. Dawson, Michael, Brown, Ronald, and Allen, R. “Racial Belief Systems, Religious Guidance, And African American Political Participation.” The National Review of Political Science, Volume 2. pp. 22-44.

1989. Allen, Richard, Dawson, Michael, and Brown, Ronald. “A Schema Based Approach to Modeling an African American Racial Belief System.” American Political Science Review, June, 1989. 83:421-441.

Book Chapters

Forthcoming. “We Need Help: Publics and Publicity in Katrina’s Wake.” ms. being prepared for Fractured Rainbow: Race and Civil Society in the United States. Michael C. Dawson (ed.).

Forthcoming. “Introduction.” ms. being prepared for Fractured Rainbow: Race and Civil Society in the United States. Michael C. Dawson (ed.).

Forthcoming. “Black and Blue: Black Identity in an Era of Conservative Triumph.” in Abdelal, Rawi, Yoshiko Herrera, Iain Johnston, and Rose McDermott (eds.). Identity as a Variable: Conceptualization and Measurement of Identity. New York: Cambridge University Press.

2002. With Cathy Cohen. “Problems in the Study of Race.” in Katznelson, Ira and Helen Milner (eds.). Political Science: The State of the Discipline III.

2000. Dawson, Michael C. “Slowly Coming to Grips with the Effects of the American Racial Order on American Policy Preferences.” in Racialized Politics: Values, Ideology, And Prejudice in American Public Opinion. Sears, David O., Jim Sidanius, and Larry Bobo (eds.). Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. pp. 344-357.

1999. Dawson, Michael C. “Dis Beat Disrupts: Rap, Ideology and Black Political Opinion.” in The Cultural Territories of Race: White and Black Boundaries. Lamont, Michelle (ed.). Chicago: The University of Chicago Press pp. 318-342.

1997. Globalization, the Racial Divide, and a New Citizenship. in The New Majority. Skocpol, Theda, and Stan Greenberg (eds.). New Haven: Yale University Press. pp. 264-278.

1997. Dawson, Michael C. “African American Political Opinion: Volatility in the Reagan-Bush Era.” African-American Power and Politics. ed. Walton Jr., Hanes. New York: Columbia University Press. pp. 135-153.

1991. Dawson, Michael C., and Wilson, III., Ernest. “Paradigms and Paradoxes: Political Science and the Study of African American Politics.” in Political Science: Looking to the Future, Volume 1. ed. Crotty, William. Evanston: Northwestern University Press. pp. 189-234.

Book Reviews

1998. “Twisting History.” A Review of America in Black and White. Thernstrom, Stephan, and Abigail Thernstrom. Common Quest. Winter 1998. pp. 54-57.

1995. “Black Politics and Black Political Behavior: A Linkage Analysis.” Walton, Jr., Hanes (ed.). essay in The American Political Science Review. 89:1042-1043.

1993. “Missing Voices: Progressive Politics and the White Man’s Burden” Book review essay in The American Political Science Review. 87:1020-22.