UW Graduate School

Megan Ming Francis

Megan Francis

Privilege and Politics

  • Assistant professor of political science, University of Washington

October 12, 2016   |   7:30 p.m.
Kane Hall, room 120

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Race and Violence in American Politics

Today, no issue in American politics has received more attention than racial violence. From the killing of unarmed blacks by police to hate crimes against those perceived as Muslim or Arab, there has been a lot of discussion about the role of race, the meaning of citizenship, and eruptions of violence in Election 2016. But what can be done to heal the division and move our nation forward in the coming months and years? In this lecture, Professor Megan Ming Francis argues that in order to look ahead, we first must look back. She traces the root causes of our current political climate to earlier struggles over the meaning of civil rights, debunking common misconceptions, and calling out “fix-all” cures to complex social problems. Contemplating the long history of racial violence and protest politics may allow us to see how mass protest movements can light a way out of the present darkness.

About Megan Ming Francis

Megan Ming Francis is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington and is also the field director for history and political development at the Washington Institute for the Study of Inequality and Race. Francis specializes in the study of American politics, race, and the development of constitutional law. She is particularly interested in the construction of rights and citizenship, black political activism, and the post-civil war South.

Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, she was educated at Garfield High School, Rice University in Houston, and Princeton University, where she received her M.A. and her Ph.D. in Politics.

She is the author of the multiple-award winning book, “Civil Rights and the Making of the Modern American State” (2014). This book tells the story of how the early campaign against state sanctioned racial violence of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People shaped the modern civil rights movement.

Her research and commentary have been featured on MSNBC, Al-Jazeera, NPR, PBS, Newsweek, The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, and TEDx talks.

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