Dianne Pinderhughes

Speaker: Dianne Pinderhughes, Notre Dame Presidential Faculty Fellow Professor, Department of Political Science
Professor, Department of Africana Studies
University of Notre Dame

Date: Monday, March 7, 2016
Time: 4 PM 
Place: Procrastinator Theater, Strand Union Building

Title: The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Civil Rights Revolution:
What's Next after the Obama Presidency?

Sponsoring departments
Political Science
Sociology & Anthropology
Native American Studies

Summary: Dianne Pinderhughes will discuss the changing scope of Black interests and politics in recent decades. In the fifty years since the Civil Rights Revolution of the 1960s and 1970s, Blacks politics has shifted its focus from building the rights revolution toward a complex process of entering national political institutions. Simultaneously, the political base on which Civil Rights reform was built began to shift as changes in immigration law introduced new populations of color from around the globe, and along with them, issues of language, nationality and competition for resources and political standing. The boundaries that had created an America in which African Americans were the dominant 'other' fell, and opened the nation allowing the entry of large numbers of African, Asian and South American immigrants, as well as the increased role of African Americans in international politics. Finally the upcoming conclusion of Barack Obama's Presidency in 2016 suggests a provocative occasion for reflecting on the meaning of his years in office and accomplishments in light of these earlier developments.

About the speaker: Dianne Pinderhughes is Notre Dame Presidential Faculty Fellow, and a professor in the Department of Africana Studies and the Department of Political Science. She holds a concurrent faculty appointment in American Studies, is a Faculty Fellow at the Kellogg Institute, and is a Research Faculty member in Gender Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Her research addresses inequality with a focus on racial, ethnic and gender politics and public policy in the Americas, explores the creation of American civil society institutions in the twentieth century, and analyzes their influence on the formation of voting rights policy.

Pinderhughes' publications include Uneven Roads: An Introduction to US Racial and Ethnic Politics (co-author; 2014); Race and Ethnicity in Chicago Politics: A Reexamination of Pluralist Theory (1987); Black Politics After the Civil Rights Revolution: Collected Essays (forthcoming); Race, Gender, and the Changing Face of Political Leadership in 21st Century America (co-author; forthcoming). She is a member of the National Advisory Committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research Program, and a member and Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. She was President of the American Political Science Association from 2007 to 2008, and the APSA Task Force she appointed completed its report, Political Science in the 21st Century, in 2009. Pinderhughes is 1st Vice President of the International Political Science Association and Co-Chair of its 2016 Istanbul World Congress. Pinderhughes has also been a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars from 2003 to 2004.