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Racial Capitalism: Globalism, Empire, and War

Adom Getachew, Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Political Science and the College at the University of Chicago

Author of Worldmaking after Empire: The Rise and Fall of Self-Determination (In Progress)

Nikhil Pal Singh, Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and History and Faculty Director of NYU Prison Education Program

Author of Race and America’s Long War (University of California Press, 2017)

Recommended Reading: Cedric Robinson’s Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition, C.L.R. James, W.E.B. Du Bois’s Black Reconstruction in America and Souls of Black Folk, Marx’s Capital

For post-colonial theorists, see the works of Partha Chatterjee and Dipesh Chakrabarty

See also the works of Walter Rodney, George Beckford, Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Naomi Murakawa, and Elizabeth Hinton.

Rise of the Carceral State: Prisoner Organizing, Politicization, and Surplus Labor

Toussaint Losier, Assistant Professor in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Recommended reading: Rethinking the American Prison Movement, co-written by Dan Berger and Toussaint Losier (Routledge, 2017)

See more information about North America’s Building Trade Unions and Chicagoland Associated General Contractors

Trump’s Mafia Capitalism and the Crisis in American Politics

Kaushik Sunder Rajan, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago

Co-Director of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory (3CT)

See his Bio Capital: The Constitution of Post-Genomic Life (Duke University Press, 2006)

Rajan, “Plutocracy, Populism and the 2016 American Election” (EPW)

See also the works of Susan Gal, Thorstein Veblen, Lenin, and Gramsci

Recommended Reading: Marx, “The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte

Bankers and Empire: The Carribean, Capital, and Race

Peter James Hudson, Assistant Professor of African American Studies at UCLA

See Bankers and Empire: How Wall Street Colonized the Caribbean (University of Chicago Press, 2017)

See the works of Lenin, Rosa Luxembourg, John A. Hobson, David Harvey, WEB Du Bois, CLR James, Walter Rodney, Norman Girvan, J. Michael Dash, Augustin Acosta, George Padmore (see The Life and Struggles of Negro Toilers), Cedric Robinson (see Black Marxism), Cyril Briggs, Hubert Harrison, Harry Haywood (see Black Bolshevik), Claude McKay

For South African literature referenced: Ruth First, Harold Wolpe, Martin Legassick, Neville Alexander

Working on Race and Capitalism at UCLA: Jemima Pierre, Hannah Appel, Ananya Roy, Eric Avila, Robin Kelley

Rethinking Salvadoran Modernity: Race, Power, and Neoliberalism

Raul Ernesto Moreno Campos, Lecturer at California State University Channel Islands

Read his dissertation “Reframing Salvadoran Modernity: A Political and Cultural History of Power and the Dialects of the Hegemonic Bloc in El Salvador, ca. 1850-1944.”

See also: Melissa Nobles, Kenan Sahin Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, and Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Recommended Reading: Clara E. Rodriguez, Changing Race: Latinos, the Census and the History of Ethnicity (NYUPress)

See also: Peter James Hudson, Associate Professor of African American Studies in the Department of African American Studies at UCLA

Recommended Reading: Robert O. Paxton, The Anatomy of Fascism (2004)

See also: Kaushik Sunder Rajan, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago and Co-Director of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory; Robert Reich, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley; David Harvey, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY); and Robert Brenner, Professor Emeritus at UCLA.

Flip’n the Script: Michael Dawson, Beyond Linked Fate, and the Roots to Racial Capitalism

Megan Ming Francis, Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington, St. Louis 

Michael Dawson, John D. MacArthur Professor of Political Science and the College 

Selected Publications:  

Christopher Sebastian Parker, Stuart A. Scheingold Professor of Social Justice and Political Science in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington, St. Louis 

Thomas Piketty, Capital in the Twenty-First Century 

Ta-Nehisi Coates, “The Case for Reparations” 

Allison P. Harris: “Support for Black Reparations in the Early 21st Century,”  with Michael C. Dawson. Forthcoming, in Reflections on Black Politics in the Early 21st Century.Oxford University Press.   

Caine Jordan, Guy Emerson Mount, and Kai Parker, “A Case for Reparations at the University of Chicago”  

Nancy Fraser’s (2016) “Expropriation and Exploitation: A Reply to Michael Dawson 

Neoliberalism and/or Colonialism in Black Politics?

Nathan D. B. Connolly, Herbert Baxter Adams Associate Professor of History

Robert Allen: Black Awakening in Capitalist America

N. D. B. Connolly: “Black and Woke in Capitalist America: Revisiting Robert Allen’s Black Awakening…for New Times’ Sake”

Suggested reading on Risk and Financialization: Ivan Ascher, Portfolio Society: On the Capitalist Mode of Prediction

Suggested reading on Case Study Methodology: N. D. B. Connolly, A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida

W. E. B. Dubois Autobiography: Autobiography of W.E.B. Dubois: A Soliloquy on Viewing My Life from the Last Decade of Its First Century

Neoliberalism and Black Politics – Part II

Lester Spence, Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University

Lawrence Brown, Assistant Professor in the Morgan State School of Community Health and Policy

Kahrl, Andrew W.  2015.  “Capitalizing on the Urban Fiscal Crisis:  Predatory Tax Buyers in 1970s Chicago.”  Journal of Urban History.  pp.  1-20.

Kahrl, Andrewe W.  2016.  “The Power to Destroy:  Discriminatory Property Assessments and the Struggle for Tax Justice in Mississippi.”  The Journal of Southern History.  LXXXII: 579-616.

Dawson, Michael C. and Megan Ming Francis.  2016.  “Black Politics and the Neoliberal Racial” Order. Public Culture.

Dawson, Michael C.  2011.   Not In Our Lifetimes:  The Future of Black Politics.  Chicago:  The University of Chicago Press. 

Spence, Lester. 2016.  Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics.  New York:  Punctum Books.

U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Investigation of the Ferguson Police Department

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