|April 6, 2005||
Press Contact: William Harms|
Michael Dawson, leading figure in African-American political science, will return to the University of Chicago
Michael Dawson, one of the nation’s leading experts on race and politics, will be returning to the University of Chicago July 1 as a Professor in the Department of Political Science and the College.
He has been a faculty member at Harvard since 2002, where he has taught in the government and African-American studies departments.
“I look forward to working with my colleagues in Political Science, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, and elsewhere in the University. Chicago is a great place to do research, and in the last decade, the University has made enormous progress in building African-American studies specifically and racial studies more generally,” Dawson said.
Dawson added that family concerns also played a role in his decision to return. His wife, Alice Furumoto-Dawson, is joining the University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Health Disparities Research as a researcher. The center is an interdisciplinary program to study early-onset breast cancer among African-American women.
Dawson expects to resume teaching in the Winter quarter and will teach both graduate and undergraduate courses. He anticipates eventually initiating some year-long sequences in the study of race and politics and black politics with colleagues in the Political Science department and the Center for Race, Politics and Culture.
“Michael Dawson has been the key scholar in deepening our understanding of race in relation to politics in the United States,” said Mark Hansen, the Charles L. Hutchinson Distinguished Service Professor in Political Science and Dean of the Division of Social Sciences and the College. “At the University of Chicago, he was also a tremendously effective leader, whose vision carries forth at the University’s vibrant and innovative Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture. It is both a professional and a personal pleasure to welcome one of my closest colleagues back home again. The whole campus is buoyed by his return.”
“The University will celebrate Michael’s return to an environment where he can foster the best research and teaching on race politics,” said Provost Richard Saller.
In 2001, Dawson was named the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor in the Department of Political Science and the College.
Dawson, who is the founding director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, was co-principal investigator of the 1988 National Black Election Study and is principal investigator with Ronald Brown of the 1993-1994 National Black Politics Study. He also is principal investigator for the Black Civil Society Study. Between 2000 and 2004 Dawson and Lawrence Bobo conducted six public opinion studies on the racial divide in the United States, creating the richest data on this issue that exists. They are a currently working on a book that analyzes this data.
His research interests have included the development of quantitative models of African-American political behavior and public opinion, the political effects of urban poverty, and African-American political ideology.
He is the author of Black Visions: The Roots of Contemporary African-American Political Ideologies, published in 2001. His book Behind the Mule: Race and Class in African-American Politics was published in 1994. Dawson also is the author of numerous articles on African-American political behavior and race and American politics.
He is co-editor, with Lawrence Bob, of the Du Bois Review, a journal dedicated to social science research on race.
Dawson received a B.A. in 1982 from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in 1986 from Harvard University.
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