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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.
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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
Retheorizing (Racial) Justice
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
October 9, 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 9, 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 7, 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 5, 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 9, 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 8, 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 2, 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 3, 2016
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