Following the defeat of Hillary Clinton in 2016, many prominent scholars and political pundits argued that the Democratic Party must abandon identity politics. While calls for Democrats to distance themselves from racial/ethnic politics receive a lot of attention, there is little academic work empirically testing whether non-racial campaigns provide an advantage to Democrats in the current political climate. Christopher T. Stout’s new book, “The Case for Identity Politics,” explores how the current racial and political context, political polarization, and demographic change make racial appeals an effective form of political outreach for the Democratic Party.
CHRISTOPHER T. STOUT is Associate Professor at Oregon State University. His research interests include Racial and Ethnic Politics, Gender and Politics, Political Behavior, Representation, and Congress. He is also the author of "Bringing Race Back In: Black Politicians, Deracialization, and Voting Behavior in the Age of Obama."
Panelists FREDRICK C. HARRIS is Dean of Social Science and Professor of Political Science at Columbia University. He also serves as Director of the Center on African American Politics and Society.
Welcome IRA KATZNELSON is Columbia University’s Interim Provost, Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History, and Deputy Director, Columbia World Projects.
Moderator ESTER R. FUCHS is Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science and Director of the Urban and Social Policy Program at Columbia University SIPA.
THE DONA AND CAROL HAMILTION DISTINGUISHED LECTURE SERIES was established by Charles Hamilton, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, as an annual event hosted at the School of International and Public Affairs by the Department of Political Science to honor the life and work of his late wife, Dona, and daughter, Carol.
Event Partners: SIPA-Urban and Social Programs and Department of African-American and African Diaspora Studies, Columbia University; and Academy of Political Science.