UW Graduate School

Megan Ming Francis

megan-ming-francisEquity & Difference: Rights

  • Associate professor of political science, University of Washington

October 4, 2017   |   7:30 p.m.

Janunary 17, 2018   |   7:30 p.m.

April 4, 2018   |   7:30 p.m.
Kane Hall, room 120

This is a pivotal moment in United States history. From the Women’s March to #MuslimBan demonstrations to protests in Charlottesville—a record number of Americans have taken to the streets and thrust a new set of rights issues onto the national agenda. But do these protests matter? What is the role of political and legal institutions in safeguarding rights in a democratic society? And how can ordinary citizens become engaged in the contemporary rights movements?

Please join UW’s Professor Megan Ming Francis for her three-part lecture series that will explore and explain how we got here, what challenges we face today, and how we can build a robust rights movement to meet the challenges of today.

Civil Rights Challenges We All Face

The period after the 9/11 terrorist attacks saw a dramatic rollback in civil rights and civil liberties and laid the groundwork for where we are today. Francis will address the role of public silence in the erosion of democracy and the vital need to reclaim our voice.

About Megan Ming Francis

Megan Ming Francis is an Associate 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 (WISIR). Francis specializes in the study of American politics, race, social movements, 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, WA, 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 (NAACP) shaped the modern civil rights movement.

Her research and commentary have been featured on MSNBC, BBC, Al-Jazeera, NPR, Democracy Now, PBS, Newsweek, the Washington Post, the Seattle Times, and TEDx Talks.

Sponsoring Departments:

  • UW Graduate School
  • UW Alumni Association