Summary: Michael C. Dawson, founder and former Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture and is the John D. MacArthur Professor of Political Science and the College at the University of Chicago, is the host of this Race and Capitalism Project-initiated podcast series, New Dawn. He invites guests to discuss their research related to race and capitalism. Many episodes have generously been supported by Scholarly Borderlands and Social Science Research Council.
“Anti-Black Violence and the Ongoing Fight for Freedom” was a live conversation held on July 7, 2020. Megan Ming Francis moderated the discussion between Barbara Ransby, Juliet Hooker, and Vesla Weaver. They discuss what the current moment reveals, the power of radical imagination in black struggle, and how to keep the momentum. Selected Publications by these scholars: Francis, Megan Ming. Civil Rights and the Making of the American Modern State (2014). Hooker, Juliet. Theorizing Race in the Americas: Douglass, Sarmiento, Du Bois, and Vasconcelos (2017) — Race and the Politics of Solidarity (2009) Ransby, Barbara. Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision (2013) — Making All Black Lives Matter: Re-imagining Freedom in the 21st Century (2018) Weaver, Vesla. Arresting Citizenship: The Democratic Consequences of American Crime Control (with Amy Lerman) (2014) Suggested Readings: Hanchard, Michael G. The Spectre of Race: How Discrimination Haunts Western Democracy (2018) Hannah-Jones, Nikkole. “It Is Time for Reparations” (June 2020) Kelley, Robin D.G. Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination (2003)
In this episode, Michael Dawson chats with Charisse Burden-Stelly (Asst. Professor of Africana Studies and Political Science at Carleton College) about her research on W.E.B Du Bois, as well as lessons his scholarship has to offer as we think through building social movements today. Charisse Burden-Stelly and Gerald Horne, W.E.B. Du Bois: A Life in American History Suggested Readings: Hannah Appel, The Licit Life of Capitalism: US Oil in Equatorial Guinea (2019) Anna Julia Cooper, A Voice from the South (1892) Megan Ming Francis, “The Price of Civil Rights: Black Lives, White Funding, and Movement Capture” (2019) Saidiya Hartman, Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Riotous Black Girls, Troublesome Women, and Queer Radicals (2019) Gerald Horne, Paul Robeson: The Artist as Revolutionary (2016) Claudia Jones, Beyond Containment (edited by Carole Boyce Davies) (2011) Kelly Miller, “The Risk of Women’s Suffrage” (1915) Michael Joseph Roberto, The Coming of the American Behemoth: The Origins of Fascism in the United States, 1920-1940 (2018)
This episode is a recording of a conversation between Michael Dawson, Rhea Boyd, Aresha Martinez-Cardoso, and Brandi Summers during an event titled "COVID-19 and Racial Inequities: Unpacking the Anti-Black Response," on June 25, 2020. Rhea Boyd, MD, MPH, FAAP works clinically at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and teaches nationally on the relationship between structural racism, inequity and health, and has a decade of experience advancing community-based advocacy. She leads efforts to characterize and address the child and public health impacts of harmful policing practices and policies. She serves as the Chief Medical Officer of San Diego 211, working with navigators to address social needs of San Diegans impacted by chronic illness and poverty. And she is the Director of Equity and Justice for The California Children's Trust, an initiative to advance mental health access to children and youth across California. Aresha Martinez-Cardoso, PhD is a public health researcher and Provost's Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago. Her research integrates theoretical perspectives from the social sciences with epidemiological methods in public health to examine how social inequality in the US shapes population health, with a particular focus on the health of racial/ethnic groups and immigrants. The majority of her work focuses on how race, migration, and class intersect to shape the the health of US-born and immigrant Latinxs across the life-course. Brandi Summers, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Geography and Global Metropolitan Studies (GMS) at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research examines urban cultural landscapes and the political and economic dynamics by which race and space are reimagined and reordered. She is also the author of Black in Place: The Spatial Aesthetics of Race in a Post-Chocolate City, which explores how aesthetics and race converge to locate or map blackness in Washington, D.C. Suggested Links & Readings: Learn more about Moms 4 Housing Berwick, Don. “The Moral Determinants of Health.” JAMA. Published online June 12, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.11129 Laster Pirtle, Whitney N. “Racial Capitalism: A Fundamental Cause of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Inequities in the United States.” Health Education & Behavior, (April 2020). doi:10.1177/1090198120922942. Sewell, Abigail A., Kevin A. Jefferson, Hedwig Lee. “Living under surveillance: Gender, psychological distress, and stop-question-and-frisk policing in New York City.” Social Science & Medicine, Volume 159, 2016. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.04.024.
Deva Woodly, an Associate Professor of Politics at the New School, discusses the movement for black lives and how to create a kinder world with Michael Dawson. “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence. It is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare," Audre Lorde (A Burst of Light" and Other Essays) Suggested Readings and Links: Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinksy Read more about these individuals: Anna Julia Cooper Patrisse Cullors Asha Bandele Mary Hooks – Southerners on New Ground Septima Clark Ella Baker
In this episode, Amna Akbar (Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University) discusses the imbrication of capitalism and social movements in legal studies today. Akbar, Amna, Toward a Radical Imagination of Law (July 25, 2018). New York Law Review, Vol. 93, No. 3. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3061917 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3061917 McLeod, Allegra M., "Prison Abolition and Grounded Justice" (2015). Georgetown Law Faculty Publications and Other Works. 1490. https://scholarship.law.georgetown.edu/facpub/1490 Links to: Law and Political Economy Project Youth Justice Coalition in Los Angeles Sunrise Movement Movement for Black Lives The Red Nation
Sylvie Laurent joins Michael Dawson in conversation about her recent publication, King and the Other America: The Poor People's Campaign and the Quest for Economic Equality (University of California Press, 2019). Suggested Readings: Bobby Cervantes, "Revisiting the Poor People's Campaign and Its Legacy" (AAIHS) Robert Greene II, "The Language of the Unheard" (The Nation) Kirkus Reviews, "King and the Other America" Sylvie Laurent, "Martin Luther King fifty years on" (Le Monde diplomatique) Sylvie Laurent, La Couleur du marché, Racisme et néolibéralisme aux États-Unis, Le Seuil, Paris, 2017.
Patricia Posey is Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago and the Political Science Department’s junior faculty member for the Race and Capitalism Project. She specializes in race and American political economy. In this episode, Posey joins Michael Dawson to talk about payday loans and financial capitalism. Related Readings: Fringe Banking: Check-Cashing Outlets, Pawnshops, and the Poor Book by John P. Caskey Shortchanged: Life and Debt in the Fringe Economy Book by Howard Jacob Karger The Unbanking of America: How the New Middle Class Survives Book by Lisa Servon Broke, USA: From Pawn Shops to Poverty, Inc. - How the Working Poor Became Big Business Book by Gary Rivlin How the Other Half Banks: Exclusion, Exploitation, and the Threat to Democracy Book by Mehrsa Baradaran Predatory Inclusion and Education Debt: Rethinking the Racial Wealth Gap Written by Louise Seamster and Raphaël Charron-Chénier Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership Book by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University) speaks with Michael Dawson about her new book, Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership. She talks about how black urban identity is constructed, why she is against homeownership, and how the housing crisis isn't a crisis but a feature of society. Link to Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership Further Reading: David Theo Goldberg (2001), The Racial State
Michael Dawson and Charles Mills discuss the relationship between capitalism and white supremacy, how philosophers can follow the examples set by political theorists, the manifestations of white supremacy in the academy, and more in this invigorating episode of New Dawn. Suggested Links For a biography on Charles Mills and more about his published work, click here. John Rawls's Collected Papers
In this episode, Darrick Hamilton, the Executive Director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University, joins Michael Dawson to discuss neoliberal economics, inequality, an economic bill of rights, and reparations. Links: The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity Readings: Dawson, Michael and Megan Francis, “Black Politics and the Neoliberal Racial Order” Economic Policy Institute, “The Productivity-Pay Gap” Hamilton, Darrick in Democracy Journal, “Neoliberalism and Race” Johnson, Walter, River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom Katznelson, Ira, When Affirmation Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America
To commence Season 4, Michael Dawson invited Adom Getachew (University of Chicago) and Quinn Slobodian (Wellesley College) to speak about the discourse on nationalism. They discuss a recent issue of Dissent magazine, in which Getachew and Slobodian were both contributors, What is the Nation Good For? to start the conversation. They talk about the relationship between nationalism and populism; immigration politics; and more, including their recently published books Worldmaking After Empire (Getachew) and Globalists (Slobodian). Works by the guests: Adom Getachew, Worldmaking After Empire: The Rise and Fall of Self-Determination Quinn Slobodian, Globalists: The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism To continue the conversation, explore some of these suggested readings: Dissent Summer 2019 Issue: What Is The Nation Good For? Atossa Araxia Abrahamian, The Cosmopolites: The Coming of Global Citizen E. Tendayi Achiume, "The Postcolonial Case for Rethinking Borders" Sven-Eric Liedman, A World to Win: The Life and Works of Karl Marx Kennetta Hammond Perry, London is the Place for Me: Black Britons, Citizenship and the Politics of Race Camilla Schofield, Enoch Powell and the Making of Postcolonial Britain Stuart Schrader, Badges Without Borders: How Global Counterinsurgency Transformed American Policing Andrew Zimmerman, Alabama in Africa: Booker T. Washington, the German Empire, and the Globalization of the New South
Iyko Day, Associate Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College, joins Michael Dawson to discuss her research on the logics of settler colonialism and waste landing, in addition to her takeaway from the 2019 Racial Capitalism Conference held at UIC-Urbana Champagne. Note: The guest would like to clarify her comment on the Shepard/Byrd hate crime bill—it was accompanied by a $680 billion national defense budget, not an 8 billion dollar increase as she had stated in the recording.
Julia Ott, an associate professor of history at the New School, joins Michael Dawson to discuss the relationship between capital gains tax policy and Jim Crow, white wealth, the 1937 Conservative Movement Manifesto and financialization, and much more in a stimulating conversation in this episode.
Wandia Njoya, Senior Lecturer at Daystar University in Kenya, joins Michael Dawson for a conversation about neoliberalism and the education system in Kenya. She also discusses her interest in environmental imperialism and racial capitalism as a useful perspective in her analyses and politics.
Professor Michael Dawson speaks with Hannah Appel (Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles) about her research on US oil companies. They begin discussing Appel's recent essay "Race Makes Markets: Subcontracting in the Transnational Oil Industry," which recently appeared in SSRC's Items series, and converse about Pan-African banking.