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Megan Ming Francis

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

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

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

  • ‘Black Politics and the Neoliberal Racial Order’ (with Michael C. Dawson). Public Culture, forthcoming winter 2015.
  • ‘The Battle for the Hearts and Minds of America’, Souls, Volume 13: Issue 1, (2011): 46 — 71
  • Review of John Hagan’s ‘Who Are The Criminals? The Politics of Crime Policy from the Age of Roosevelt to the Age of Reagan’, Perspective on Politics, Vol 10, Issue 4, December 2012, pp 1075-1076.

ARTICLES IN PROGRESS

  • Securing the State and Terrorizing Citizens
  • The Unintended Consequences of Philanthropy on Legal Mobilization
  • Political Protest and Hip Hop from the U.S. to the Arab Spring
  • Killing Lynching (with Alvin Tillery)
  • The Conservative Revolution and the Unraveling of the VRA of 1965

GRANTS FUNDED

  • Sawyer Seminar Grant. 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

  • “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.
  • “The Price of Civil Rights: Black Politics, White Money, and the Erasure of Racial Violence” Presented at Nuffield College, University of Oxford, December 2015.
  • “Why We Need to Transform How We Understand Racial Violence” Presented at TEDxRainier, November 2015.
  • “The Price of Civil Rights” Presented at the Department of Political Science Seminar, Johns Hopkins University, October 2015.
  • Law and Demons: A Response to the DOJ’s Ferguson Report” Presented at the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture Workshop, University of Chicago, April 2015.
  • “Ferguson and Black Lives Matter” Presented at Facebook Headquarters, Menlo Park, CA, March 2015.
  • “Why We Can’t Wait: Women, Civil Rights, and Strategies for Today” Women’s History Month keynote presented at St. Louis Community College, March 2015.
  • “Civil Rights, Freedom Fighters, and Strategies for Today” Black History Month keynote presented at Allegheny College, February 2015.
  • “Civil Rights and the Making of the Modern American State” Presented at the Ralph Bunche Center for African American Studies, UCLA, October 29, 2014.
  • “Black Politics and the Neoliberal Racial Order” Presented at the Reproduction of Race and Racial Ideologies Workshop, University of Chicago, November 2013.
  • “Radical Philanthropy and Civil Rights Before Brown v. Board” Presented at the Political Science Department, Loyola Marymount University, November 2013.
  • “Civil Rights and the Making of the Modern American State” Presented at the Colloquium on Race, Ethnicity and Immigration, University of California, Berkeley, October 2013.
  • “The NAACP, Mob Violence, and the Unexpected Breakthrough in Constitutional Law” Presented at the “We Must First Take Account: A Conference on Race, Law, and History in the Americas,” University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, MI, April 2011.
  • “The Civil Rights Connection: The Formation of National Judicial Power and the NAACP” Presented at The Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Politics and The Center for the Study of Urban Poverty, University of California, Los Angeles, March 2011.
  • “Crimes of Justice: Mob Violence and the Origins of Civil Rights” Presented at the Social Science Diversity Colloquium, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, April 2010.
  • “The NAACP, Mob Violence, and the Unexpected Breakthrough in Constitutional Law” Presented at the Center for Law, Society, and Culture Workshop, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Bloomington, IN, October 2009.
  • “Woodrow Wilson’s Civil Rights” Presented at the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture Workshop, University of Chicago, May 2009.

CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION

  • 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.
  • “Radical Philanthropy & Civil Rights Before Brown” Presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Legal History, Denver, CO, November 2014.
  • “Black Politics 50 Years After the Civil Rights Act” Presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Washington DC, August 2014.
  • “The Revolution Will Be Televised: Political Protest and Hip Hop from the U.S. to the Arab Spring” Presented at the 2014 Annual Conference of the Law and Society Association, Minneapolis, MN, May 2014.
  • “Roundtable: The 1964 Civil Rights Act: Assessing the Legacy” Presented remarks at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association, Seattle, WA, April 2014.
  • “Author Meets Critics Roundtable: Civil Rights and the Making of the Modern American State” Responded to comments from Michael C. Dawson, Jane Junn, and Leah Wright at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association, Seattle, WA, April 2014.
  • “Crimes of the New South” Presented at the 2014 Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, April 2014.
  • “Black Politics and the Neoliberal Racial Order” Presented at the 2014 Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, April 2014.
  • “Railroads, Criminal Justice, and the Rise of the New South” Presentation to take place at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association, Chicago, IL, November 2013.
  • “Roundtable: Unsettling the Nation State: Critical Ethnic Studies Approaches to Law and Violence” Presentation to take place at the 2013 Critical Ethnic Studies Conference, Chicago, IL, September 2013.
  • “The Strange Fruit of the Solid South” Presentation to take place at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, August 2013.
  • “Radical Philanthropy and Civil Rights Before Brown v. Board” Presented at the 2013 Annual Conference of the Law and Society Association, Boston, MA, May 2013.
  • “Roundtable: Black Leadership Strikes Back: A Panel Discussion on Alvin Tillery’s Between Homeland and Motherland: Africa, US Foreign Policy, and Black Leadership in America” Panel Discussion at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association, Los Angeles, CA, March 2013.
  • “The NAACP and the Formation of National Judicial Power” Presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Political Science Association, New Orleans, LA, March 2013.
  • “The NAACP and the Formation of National Judicial Power” Presented at the 2012 Annual Conference of the Law and Society Association, Honolulu, HI, June 2012.
  • “The Supreme Court and Women’s Rights in the Obama Era” Presented at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Seattle, WA.
  • “The Unsteady March Into the Oval Office” Presented at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Seattle, WA.
  • “The Impact of the Obama Administration on Women Through the Courts” Roundtable, Presented at the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, March 2011.
  • “The Battle for the Hearts and Minds of America” Presented at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Washington, DC.
  • “The Battle for the Hearts and Minds of America” Presented at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association, Chicago, Illinois.
  • “The Unsteady March Into the Oval Office” Presented at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • “The Improbable Journey: The NAACP Launches the Modern Criminal Procedure Revolution” Presented at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Society For Legal History, Dallas, TX.
  • “The Strange Fruit of American Political Development: Convict Leasing, Chain Gangs, and Mob Lynching” Presented at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Toronto, ON.
  • “The Birth of The Modern Criminal Procedure Revolution: Moore v. Dempsey” Presented at the 2008 National Conference of Black Political Scientists, Chicago, IL.
  • “The Birth of the Modern Criminal Procedure Revolution: Race, Legalized Lynchings, and [militant] NAACP Activism” Presented at the 2007 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Chicago, IL.
  • “The Supreme Court, Race, and the Troubling Transformation in Criminal Procedure Jurisprudence” Presented at the 2006 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA.

AWARDS AND HONORS RECEIVED

  • Seaver Faculty Fellowship, Pepperdine University, 2011-2012
  • 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.
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention, 2005.
  • Barbara Jordan Fellowship, Rice University, 1999-2003.

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

ACADEMIC AFFILIATIONS

  • American Political Science Association, Member
  • Midwest Political Science Association, Member
  • Law and Society Association, Member
  • American Society for Legal History, Member
  • Southwestern Social Science Association, Member
  • Social Science History Association, Member

Last Updated: July 2017