Introduction to American Politics offers students a fundamental overview of American politics by analyzing the origin, development, structure, and operation of all levels of the American political system.

Introduction to Race, Ethnicity and Politics  introduces race as a contested social and cultural category that shapes American life and politics. How does race shape social interactions, public opinion and policy? Can we stop talking about race in the 21st Century? Aren’t we in a post-racial era? The course addresses these questions through an analysis of race in American society up until the present day.

Race, Citizenship and Political Behavior analyzes the ability of race and ethnicity to restrict access to citizenship rights and produce dynamic forms of political behavior that range from micro to macro-politics. The course considers the traditional forms of political behavior (e.g., voting) as well as those that function outside of the traditional institutions of governmental influence. Specific forms of political behavior discussed include “foot-dragging” (failure to act with the necessary promptness), sports, music, protests and voting.

Black Politics traces and examines the political efforts of Black Americans to gain full and equitable inclusion into the American polity. Key topics include identity, movement politics, electoral participation, institutions and public policy.

Previous Courses Taught

Introduction to Political Theory (with Victor Wolfenstein)

Introduction to Comparative Politics (with Michael Lofchie)

Interracial Dynamics in American Society and Culture (with Jeff Decker, Brenda Stevenson, Vilma Ortiz, and Min Zhou)

African American Political Thought (with Mark Sawyer)

Continental Political Thought (with Joshua Dienstag)

Race, Religion and American Politics