Racism and Resistance in the Post Civil Rights Era
Too often, popular notions of the Black struggle ends with the civil rights and Black Power movements. Join leading scholars Carol Anderson, Elizabeth Hinton, Emily Hobson, and Daniel Lucks to discuss the history of racism and resistance in the United States after the civil rights movement. The discussion will center contemporary racial politics from Reaganism to the 2nd Amendment as well as modern grassroots organizing and rebellions since the 1970s. Together our authors will address the ways the 2020 uprisings sparked by the murder of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others link to earlier struggles and continue to resonate today.
Carol AndersonEmory University
Carol Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies at Emory University and author of White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Nation's Divide, a New York Times Bestseller, Washington Post Notable Book of 2016, and a National Book Critics Circle Award winner. She is also the author of Eyes Off the Prize: The United Nations and the African American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955; Bourgeois Radicals: The NAACP and the Struggle for Colonial Liberation, 1941-1960, and One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy, which was long-listed for the National Book Award and a finalist for the PEN/Galbraith Award in non-fiction.
At the core of her research agenda is how policy is made and unmade, how racial inequality and racism affect that process and outcome, and how those who have taken the brunt of those laws, executive orders, and directives have worked to shape, counter, undermine, reframe, and, when necessary, dismantle the legal and political edifice used to limit their rights and their humanity.
As an educator and historian, Professor Anderson has been lauded both by colleagues and students alike for her exciting, nuanced, and accessible approach to research and academia. She has received numerous teaching awards, including Emory’s Williams Award and the university’s Teacher-Scholar Award.
Professor Anderson’s role as a public scholar has found her serving on working groups dealing with race, minority rights, and criminal justice. She has appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show, PBS NewsHour, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, and Democracy Now!, as well as providing commentary for the Huffington Post, The Guardian, New York Times, and Washington Post. Her op-ed in the Washington Post on Ferguson was the most shared for the newspaper in 2014.
She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Miami University, where she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Political Science and a bachelor’s in history. She earned her PhD in history from The Ohio State University.
Elizabeth HintonYale University
Elizabeth Hinton is Associate Professor in the Department of History and the Department of African American Studies, with a secondary appointment as Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Hinton’s research focuses on the persistence of poverty, racial inequality, and urban violence in the 20th century United States. She is considered one of the nation’s leading experts on criminalization and policing.
In her first book From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America, Hinton examines the implementation of federal law enforcement programs beginning in the mid-1960s that transformed domestic social policies and laid the groundwork for the expansion of the US prison system. Hinton’s new book, America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s was published in 2021.
Before joining the Yale faculty, Hinton was a Professor in the Department History and the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. She spent two years as a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Michigan Society of Fellows and Assistant Professor in the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan. A Ford Foundation and Carnegie Corporation Fellow, Hinton completed her PhD in United States History from Columbia University in 2013.
Hinton’s articles and op-eds can be found in the pages of the Journal of American History, the Journal of Urban History, The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Boston Review, The Nation, and Time. She also coedited The New Black History: Revisiting the Second Reconstruction with the late historian Manning Marable.
Emily HobsonUniversity of Nevada, Reno
Emily Hobson is an historian of radicalism, sexuality, and race in the United States, and an interdisciplinary scholar of queer studies, American Studies, and critical ethnic studies. Her research centers on radical movements in the latter half of the 20th century, especially LGBTQ, anti-racist, and anti-imperialist politics. Throughout her work, she investigates how seemingly disconnected social movements shape one another — for example, how anti-war activism informed gay liberation and lesbian feminism, and how HIV/AIDS and prison movements worked together. She is the author of two books, Lavender and Red: Liberation and Solidarity in the Gay and Lesbian Left, and (with Dan Berger) Remaking Radicalism: A Grassroots Documentary Reader of the United States, 1973-2001. Her newest book project examines the history of HIV/AIDS activism by, for, and with imprisoned people 1980s and 1990s United States.
She is Chair of the Department of Gender, Race, and Identity (GRI), and as Associate Professor in GRI and in the Department of History. Recent honors include research fellowships from Smith College (2019) and the ONE Archives Foundation (2019); the University’s Mousel-Feltner Award for Excellence in Research (2017); and the Joan Heller-Diane Bernard Fellowship from the Center for LGBTQ Studies at the City University of New York (2014).
Daniel LucksIndependent Scholar
Daniel S. Lucks holds a PhD in American history from the University of California, Berkeley and is the author of Selma to Saigon: The Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War. He is a graduate of the University of California Hastings College of the Law and lives in Los Angeles. His most recent book is Reconsidering Reagan: Racism, Republicans, and the Road to Trump, which was a finalist for the AAP's 2021 Prose Award for best scholarly work published in a trade press.