African & African American Studies 147: Racial Identity, Politics, and Public Policy




This course examines how race and perceived racial difference affect political discourse, mobilization, representation, and political outcomes. We will examine the fate of policies such as affirmative action and welfare reform, and the prospects for multiracial coalition politics. We will also consider the role of elected representatives, the media, and the traditional racial divide in affecting political outcomes of importance to African Americans and to other communities of color.