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Megan Ming Francis

University of Washington
101 Gowen Hall
Box 353530
Seattle, WA 98195
meganmf@uw.edu

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

Visiting Associate Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, 2019-2020

Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Washington, 2017—

  • Faculty Affiliate, Center for Communication, Difference, and Equity (CCDE)
  • History and Political Development Field Director, Washington Institute for the Study of Inequality and Race (WISIR)

Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Washington, 2014-2017
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Pepperdine University, 2010-2014
Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Law, Society, and Culture, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, 2009-2010
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Political Science, University of Chicago, 2008-2009

EDUCATION

Princeton University, Ph.D. in Politics, December 2008
Committee: Melissa Harris-Perry (chair), Paul Frymer, Tali Mendelberg, and Cornel West

Princeton University, M.A. in Politics, June 2005
Examination fields: American Politics; Public Law; Policy and Inequality

Rice University, B.A. in Political Science and Economics, 2003

PRIMARY RESEARCH INTERESTS

American Political and Constitutional Development, Race, Crime, Philanthropy, and Civil Rights

BOOK

  • Civil Rights and the Making of the Modern American State, Cambridge University Press, April 2014.
    • Winner of the 2015 Ralph J. Bunche Book Award for the best scholarly work in political science that explores the phenomenon of ethnic and cultural pluralism, American Political Science Association
    • Winner of the 2015 W.E.B. Du Bois Distinguished Book of the Year Award, National Conference of Black Political Scientists
    • A Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2015
    • Featured on CSPAN BookTV
    • Reviewed by American Historical Review, CHOICE, Harvard Law Review, Journal of American History,  Law and Politics Book Review, Law and Society Review, and Perspectives on Politics.

PUBLICATIONS

  • ‘The Price of Civil Rights: Black Politics, White Money, and Movement Capture.’ Law and Society Review, Vol. 53, Issue 1, March 2019.
  • ‘The Strange Fruit of American Political Development.’ Politics, Groups, and Identities, Vol. 6: Issue
    1, 2018.
  • ‘Black Politics and the Neoliberal Racial Order’ (with Michael C. Dawson). Public Culture,
    Volume 28: Issue 1, December 2015: pp. 23 – 62.
  • ‘The Battle for the Hearts and Minds of America.’ Souls, Volume 13: Issue 1, (2011): pp. 46 –71.

REVIEW PUBLICATIONS

  • Review of Bruce Ackerman’s ‘We The People, Vol. 3: The Civil Rights Revolution’ Law and Society Review, December 2016.
  • “Critical Dialogue with Julie Novkov,” Perspectives on Politics Vol. 13 (2015): 482-83; 483-85.
  • Review of John Hagan’s ‘Who Are The Criminals? The Politics of Crime Policy from the Age of Roosevelt to the Age of Reagan’, Perspectives on Politics, Vol 10, Issue 4, December 2012, pp 1075-1076.

ARTICLES IN PROGRESS

  • The Crimes of Capitalism
  • Latino Support for Black Lives Matter (with Sophia Jorda?n Wallace and Chris Zepeda-Milla?n)
  • Securing the State and Terrorizing Citizens
  • The Legitimacy Wars: Trump, Race, and the Decline of Democracy (with Leah Wright Rigueur)

GRANTS FUNDED

  • SCo-Principal Investigator, Sawyer Seminar Grant for “Capitalism and Comparative Racialization.” Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 2016-2018. Amount: $175,000.
  • Principal Investigator, “Crimes of Capitalism: Race, Criminal Justice, and the Rise of the New South.” University of Washington, Royalty Research Fund. September 2017 – September 2018. Amount: $39,900.

INVITED PRESENTATIONS

  • “The Predatory Legacy of Convict Leasing,” Rice University, April 2019.
  • “The NAACP, Racial Violence, and Constitutional Development,” The NAACP- Legal Defense
    Fund, New York City, April 2019.
  • “The History and Future of Political Economy Workshop,” Center for Advanced Study in the
    Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, February 2019.
  • “The Crimes of Capitalism” Presented at the Political Science Department, University of
    Oregon, May 2018.
  • “The History and Future of Political Economy Workshop,” Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, February 2019.
  • “From Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter: Reimagining Justice” Keynote delivered at the ‘Decolonizing Justice: Bringing Political Theory and Postcolonial Theory Into Conversation’ Conference, University of Giessen, Germany, April 2018.
  • “The Price of Civil Rights: White Funding and #BlackLivesMatter” Presented at the Department of African American Studies, Princeton University, April 2018.
  • “The Price of Civil Rights” Presented at the ‘Politics Under Stress’ Conference at the University of Oregon School of Law, April 2018.
  • “Building the Surveillance State” Presented at the 2018 Maryland Discussion Group on Constitutionalism at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, March 2018.
  • “The Strange Fruit of American Politics” Presented at ‘The Other America: Still Separate. Still Unequal. Conference’ at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, January 2018.
  • “Building the Surveillance State” Presented at the Democratic Anxieties Conference, Mainz, Germany, June 2017.
  • “MLK: A Call to Conscience” Presented at Central Washington University, April 2017.
  • “From Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter” Keynote delivered at Sacramento State, April 2017.
  • “Black Politics in Trump’s America” Presented at the New America Think Tank, Washington DC, February 2017.
  • “Crimes of Capitalism” Presented at the American Politics Seminar at Columbia University, February 2017.
  • “Race, Gender, Violence: The New American Politics?” Presented in the History Department at Georgia Tech, February 2017.
  • “Civil Rights and the Making of the Modern American State” Presented at the James Weldon Johnson Institute, Emory University, November 2016.
  • “The Crimes of the New South” Presented at the Georgetown Prisons and Justice Initiative, Georgetown University, November 2016.
  • “The Crimes of the New South” Presented at the Capitalism and Inequality Conference at the University of Chicago, October 2016
  • “The Future of Minority Protests” Presented at the Anxieties of Democracy Conference at Princeton University, October 2016.
  • “Race and Justice in the Age of Obama” Presented on Panel at the John F. Kennedy School of Public Policy, Harvard University, October 2016.
  • “The Crimes of the New South” Presented at the American Politics Seminar, Department of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania, April 2016.
  • “The Assault on Black Lives” Presented at John F. Kennedy School of Public Policy, Harvard University, April 2016.
  • “The Price of Civil Rights: Black Politics, White Money, and the Erasure of Racial Violence” Presented at the Indiana Journal of Law and Social Equality, Maurer School of Law, April 2016.
  • “The Crimes of Capitalism” Presented at Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford, February 2016.

CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION

  • “Race, Speculation, and the Rise of the New South” Presented at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Washington DC, August 2019.
  • “The Wars of Legitimacy: Social Movements and the 2016 Presidential Election” Presented at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Washington DC, August 2019.
  • Book Roundtable: A Panel Discussion on Sidney Milkis and Daniel Tichenor’s Rivalry and Reform: Presidents, Social Movements, and the Transformation of American Politics, Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Washington DC, August 2019.
  • Roundtable: Review of the 2018 Midterm Elections, 2019 Midwest Political Science Association Meeting, Chicago, IL, April 2019.
  • Book Roundtable: Author Meets Critics on Domingo Morel’s Takeover: Race, Education, and American Democracy, Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Boston, MA, August 2018.
  • “The Crimes of the New South” Presented at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Boston, MA, August 2018.
  • “The Price of Civil Rights” Presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Legal History, Las Vegas, NV, November 2017.
  • “Building the Surveillance State and Terrorizing Citizens” Presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, San Francisco, CA, August 2017.
  • “American Political Development in the Era of Black Lives Matter” Presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, San Francisco, CA, August 2017.
  • “Race Trumps Politics” Presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science
    Association, San Francisco, CA, August 2017.
  • Book Roundtable: A Panel Discussion on Lisa Miller’s The Myth of Mob Rule: Violent Crime and Democratic Politics, Annual Meeting of the Law & Society Association, Mexico City, June 2017.
  • “Building the Surveillance State and Terrorizing Citizens” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Law & Society Association, Mexico City, June 2017.
  • Book Roundtable: A Panel Discussion on Juliet Hooker’s Theorizing Race in the Americas, Annual Meeting of the Latin American Studies Association, April 2017.
  • “Building the Surveillance State and Terrorizing Citizens” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association, Vancouver, BC, April 2017.
  • Plenary Panel: Black Political Activism in the Trump Era: Action Steps and Moving Forward, Annual Meeting of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists, March 2017.
  • Book Roundtable: A Panel Discussion on Melanye Price’s The Race Whisperer: Barack Obama and the Political Uses of Race, Annual Meeting of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists, March 2017.
  • “Building the Surveillance State and Terrorizing Citizens” Presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA, August 2016.
  • Roundtable: Why Reconstruction Matters to Political Science. Presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA, August 2016.
  • Book Roundtable: A Panel Discussion on Marie Gottschalk’s Caught: The Prison State and the Lockdown of American Politics, 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA, August 2016.
  • “The Crimes of the New South” Presented at the 2016 Annual Conference of the Law and Society Association, New Orleans, LA, June 2016.
  • “The Price of Civil Rights: Black Politics, White Money, and the Erasure of Racial Violence” Presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, San Juan, PR, January 2016.
  • “Is Arab the New Black? Revisiting Domestic Surveillance and Terrorism” Presentation to take place at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, San Francisco, CA, August 2015.
  • “The Crimes of Capitalism” Presentation to take place at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, San Francisco, CA, August 2015.
  • “The Politics of Race and Class Inequalities in the Americas” Theme Panel. Presentation to take place at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, San Francisco, CA, August 2015.
  • “The Price of Brown v. Board” Presentation to take place at the 2015 Annual Conference of the Law and Society Association, Seattle, WA, May 2015.
  • Book Roundtable: A Panel Discussion on Daniel Gillion’s The Political Power of Protest, 2015 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 2015.
  • Book Roundtable: A Panel Discussion on Cristina Mora’s Making Hispanics: How Activists, Bureaucrats, and Media Constructed a New American, 2015 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 2015.
  • “The Crimes of Capitalism” Presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association, Las Vegas, NV, April 2015.

AWARDS AND HONORS RECEIVED

  • Distinguished Professor Award, UW Black Student Union, 2019.
  • Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Washington, 2018.
  • Anxieties of Democracy Fellowship, Social Science Research Council, Spring 2018.
  • Thurgood Marshall Institute Fellowship, NAACP-Legal Defense Fund, 2018.
  • Outstanding Service Award, National Conference of Black Political Scientists, 2017.
  • Linda Faye Williams Prize in Social Justice, Rice University, 2008-2009.
  • Erskine A. Peters Dissertation Year Fellowship, Notre Dame, 2008-2009 [declined].
  • Center for African American Studies Dissertation Award, Princeton University, 2007-2008.
  • Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, 2005-2008.
  • Presidential Fellowship, Princeton University, 2003-2008.
  • Graduate School Summer Fellowship, Princeton University, 2003-2007.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

  • APSA’s Presidential Task Force on Racial and Class Inequalities in the Americas, 2014-2015
  • Award Committee, Walter Dean Burnham Prize for Best Dissertation, Politics & History Section of APSA, 2015
  • Section Chair, Politics and History, Western Political Science Association, 2015
  • Section Chair, Politics and History, Western Political Science Association, 2015
  • Section Chair, Politics and History, Midwest Political Science Association, 2014
  • Award Committee, W.E.B. Du Bois Distinguished Book Prize, National Conference of Black Political Scientists, 2014
  • American Political Science Review, Reviewer
  • Public Culture, Reviewer

Last Updated: September 2019