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.
In this episode of New Dawn, Michael Dawson invites Brandi Thompson Summers to the show. Summers is an Assistant Professor of Geography and Global Metropolitan Studies at the UC Berkeley. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Santa Cruz. Her research engages theoretical themes that cut across multiple domains of social life. Summers builds epistemological and methodological insights from cultural and urban geography, urban sociology, African American studies, and media studies by examining the cultural, political, and economic dynamics by which race and space are reimagined and reordered. Her first book, Black in Place: The Spatial Aesthetics of Race in a Post-Chocolate City (UNC Press), explores how aesthetics and race converge to locate or map Blackness in Washington, D.C. Summers has published several articles and essays in both academic and popular publications, including the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, New York Times, Boston Globe, and The Funambulist.
K-Sue Park joins Michael Dawson to launch Season 5 of New Dawn. Park is an Associate Professor of Law at Georgetown University. She has written extensively on foreclosure, land, dispossession, and displacement. Her publications have appeared in the Harvard Law Review, The History of the Present, Law & Social Inquiry, Law & Society Review, and the New York Times. (Due to some unavoidable technical issues, the beginning of the episode is a bit distorted. Thank you for your patience and for tuning in.)
“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)
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
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
Mary Hooks – Southerners on New Ground
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.
Law and Political Economy Project
Youth Justice Coalition in Los Angeles
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).
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.
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
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.
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.
The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
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.
Tommie Shelby, Caldwell Titcomb Professor of African and African American Studies and of Philosophy at Harvard University, joins host Michael Dawson to discuss Shelby’s book “Dark Ghettos: Injustice, Dissent, and Reform,” in a conversation moderated by Adom Getachew, Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Political Science and the College at the University of Chicago. This conversation was part of a live discussion at the New School.
In the first episode of Season 3, Nancy Fraser, Henry A. & Louise Loeb Professor of Political and Social Science at The New School, joins Michael Dawson in a moderated discussion on race, expropriation, and exploitation led by lawyer and doctoral student Mayra Cotta.
Due to the aftermath of Hurricane Maria that devasted Puerto Rico in 2017, Puerto Rican scholars were invited to continue their research agendas at the University of Chicago. Joining the New Dawn Podcast is Professor Evaluz Cotto Quijano, Associate Professor of Finance at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez. Professor Quijano explains how U.S. financial institutions and creditors continue to identify and extract resources from Puerto Rico.
In the latest episode of New Dawn, Michael Dawson welcomes John Robinson, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Washington University in St. Louis. Robinson's work examines how macro-economic changes have redefined politics of race, poverty and neighborhood inequality within and around American cities.
On location in Mexico City, Mexico, Michael Dawson engages Federico Navarrete, Professor at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) on understanding the intersection of race and capitalism in Mexico.
Abdul Alkalimat, Professor Emeritus of African-American Studies and Information Sciences, joins the New Dawn Podcast and discusses the role of black intellectuals and their relationships with liberation movements.
Destin Jenkins, Provost's Postdoctoral Fellow and Instructor and incoming Assistant Professor of U.S. History at the University of Chicago, joins the New Dawn Podcast to discuss the emergence of histories of racial capitalism. Jenkins insightfully examines the role of the state in the displacement of people of color and the accumulation and distribution of wealth in San Francisco.
On location at UCLA, Professor Abel Valenzuela joins the New Dawn Podcast to talk about the role of labor, organizing, and the public university more broadly during the current presidential administration.
Kicking off Season 2, Michael Dawson welcomes Ananya Roy, Professor of Urban Planning, Social Welfare and Geography and inaugural Director of The Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA Luskin. Prof. Roy discusses her approaches to the study of Racial Capitalism by engaging Post-Colonial Feminism and building community at UCLA. She spearheaded the effort to organize a conference on Race and Capitalism with all of the centers focused on advancing the study of race, ethnicity, and social justice at UCLA.
Lester Spence, Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University, joins the New Dawn Podcast and extends the conversation around using a neoliberal lens and the history of financialization to study black communities. (Note: Original image was from the Ferguson protests and mistakenly posted.)
Prof. Michael Dawson welcomes Nathan Connolly, Herbert Baxter Adams Associate Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University, to the New Dawn Podcast. In this episode, they discuss the value and utility of theoretically and pragmatically engaging concepts like neoliberalism, on one hand, and neocolonialism, on the other.
In this special episode, Prof. Megan Ming Francis, political scientist from the University of Washington, flips the script and engages Prof. Michael Dawson about his journey through activism and academia. Ranging from challenging institutions, returning to higher education, and where Dawson sees the state of the discipline since offering the Linked Fate measure and framework.
Professor Michael Dawson welcomes to the New Dawn podcast Dr. Raul Moreno Campos, Lecturer in Political Science at California State University - Channel Islands. Moreno Campos discusses the development of an authoritarian regime and the Civil War in El Salvador and its implications for global capitalism.
Peter Hudson, Assistant Professor of African American Studies at UCLA, discusses his new book, Bankers and Empire: How Wall Street Colonized the Caribbean, and uncovering a lost history of wealth in the Caribbean.
In this episode, Michael Dawson welcomes Prof. Kaushik S. Rajan, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Co-Director of 3CT at the University of Chicago. For Rajan, the current Trump administration resembles a form of mafia capitalism and he urges both parties to stop being complicit in the decline of American democracy.
In this episode, Michael Dawson talks with Toussaint Losier, Assistant Professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, about the role of prisoner organizing and its influence on local mobilizations and protests.
Michael Dawson meets with Nikhil Singh, Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU and Adom Getachew, Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Political Science and the College at the University of Chicago to discuss the role of colonization and empire in developing the connection between race and capitalism.
Professor Michael Dawson engages UC Berkeley Assistant Professor of African American studies, Tianna Paschel, about the parallels between rising populism in Colombia and Brazil and its relationship to domestic politics in the US.
Michael Dawson, Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago, in conversation with J. Phillip Thompson, Professor of Urban Planning, and Jason Jackson, Lecturer in the Department of Urban Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, covering the aftermath of the 2016 Presidential election and its relationship to race and capitalism.