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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.
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Celebrating Charles W. Mills, 1951-2021 | Retheorizing (Racial) Justice
We are deeply saddened by the passing of Professor Charles W. Mills. To celebrate his life, New Dawn is re-releasing the episode Michael recorded with Charles almost two years ago called, "Retheorizing (Racial) Justice." Please enjoy the conversation and help us say goodbye to a tremendous teacher, scholar, and racial justice advocate.  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
September 28, 2021
Decolonizing Discourse about Africa: An Anti-Imperialist Framework
In this episode of New Dawn, Michael C. Dawson along with special guest host, Charisse Burden Stelly, invite Dr. Takiyah Harper-Shipman, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at Davidson College. Professor Harper-Shipman is particularly interested in the ways in which discourse structures political economies of development, human rights, and-more recently-gender. Her first book, Rethinking Ownership of Development in Africa (Routledge), examined how development stakeholders in Burkina Faso and Kenya negotiate "owning development" in their local contexts. Professor Harper-Shipman is currently at work on another project that explores legacies of population control in human rights approaches to family planning.
May 04, 2021
A Conversation w/ Charisse Burden-Stelly & Boots Riley - Part II
In this special two-part series, the Race & Capitalism's Post-Graduate Fellow, Charisse Burden-Stelly, is in conversation with writer, rapper, director, and filmmaker, Boots Riley. Part II focuses on the new Biden administration, Riley's new show, "I'm a Virgo," being released by Amazon, and the future of labor organizing in the U.S. and around the world. 
January 27, 2021
A Conversation w/ Charisse Burden-Stelly & Boots Riley - Part I
In this special two-part series, the Race & Capitalism's Post-Graduate Fellow, Charisse Burden-Stelly, is in conversation with writer, rapper, director, and filmmaker, Boots Riley. Part I was produced and sponsored by the Claudia Jones School for Political Education. 
January 27, 2021
Neoliberalism and Gentrification in a Chocolate City
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.
January 22, 2021
Normalizing Foreclosure: Land, Credit, and Early Colonial Experiments
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.)
December 16, 2020
Anti-Black Violence and the Ongoing Fight for Freedom
“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)
July 15, 2020
Why Du Bois Still Matters
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)
July 09, 2020
COVID-19 and Racial Inequities: Unpacking the Anti-Black Response
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.
June 30, 2020
Creating a Caring World
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
February 05, 2020
Capitalism in Legal Studies
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: or McLeod, Allegra M., "Prison Abolition and Grounded Justice" (2015). Georgetown Law Faculty Publications and Other Works. 1490. Links to: Law and Political Economy Project Youth Justice Coalition in Los Angeles Sunrise Movement Movement for Black Lives The Red Nation
January 22, 2020
King and His Fight for the Poor People's Campaign
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.
December 18, 2019
The Poor Pay More
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
November 13, 2019
Housing and the Construction of the Black Urban Identity
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
October 21, 2019
Neoliberal Economics and Race
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
September 26, 2019
On the Resurgence of Nationalism
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
September 18, 2019
Settler Colonialism in the Nuclear Age
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.
May 14, 2019
The “Irreconcilables”: Reforming Tax Policy to Maintain Racial Inequality
 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. 
April 19, 2019
Neoliberalism in Kenya's Schools
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. 
March 28, 2019
Global Markets, "the national economy," and the Licit Life of Capitalism
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. 
January 22, 2019
Dark Ghettos and the Articulation of Racial Capitalism
 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. 
January 09, 2019
Expropriation, Exploitation, and the Neoliberal Racial Order
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.
November 21, 2018
Colonialism and Wealth Extraction: Puerto Rico after Maria
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.
August 29, 2018
Affordable Housing in the age of Financialization
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.
August 07, 2018
Mestizaje, Skin Color, and Capitalist Development in Mexico
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.
March 27, 2018
Black Liberation and the Crisis of Capital
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.
February 16, 2018
Histories of Racial Capitalism: Urban Renewal, Racial Segregation, and Redevelopment
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.
January 05, 2018
The Public University: Abel Valenzuela on Public Responsibility, Labor, and Organizing
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.
December 19, 2017
Transnational Histories: Global Aspects to Racial Capitalism
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.
November 10, 2017
Neoliberalism and Black Politics - Part II
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.)
August 21, 2017
Neoliberalism and/or Neocolonialism in Black Politics?
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.
August 09, 2017
Flip'n the Script: Michael Dawson, Beyond Linked Fated, and the Roots to Racial Capitalism
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.
June 19, 2017
Reframing Salvadoran Modernity: Race, Power, and Neoliberalism
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.
June 08, 2017
Bankers and Empire: The Caribbean, Capital, and Race
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.
May 28, 2017
Trump's Mafia Capitalism and the Crisis in American Politics
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.
May 22, 2017
The Rise of the Carceral State: Prisoner Organizing, Politicization, and Surplus Labor
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.
March 28, 2017
Racial Capitalism: Globalism, Empire, and War
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.
March 21, 2017
Displacement, Capital, and the International Bourgeoisie
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.
February 21, 2017
Black History: Fighting Selective Amnesia About Race and Capitalism
Michael Dawson discusses the historical struggles between advancing social movements and funding activism with Assistant Professor Megan Ming Francis.
January 18, 2017
Dark Times & Black Workers
Michael Dawson discusses the state of black workers and unions with Dr. Steven Pitts, Associate Chair of the U.C. Berkeley Labor Center.
January 02, 2017
The Gentlemen from MIT
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.
December 03, 2016