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Recent Work on Race and Ethnicity in Contemporary Politics - The political science department is pleased and excited to announce a lecture series on "Recent Work on Race and Ethnicity in Contemporary Politics." The series will feature scholars pursuing research at the very cutting edge in political science.  Three lectures have been scheduled for this Fall, all of which will be on Zoom. We hope to have additional speakers in the Spring, with a format to be determined.  We warmly encourage you to attend any or all of the lectures in this series.

Jordie Davies - "Alienated Activism: Activation, Education, and Mobilization" 

Davies theorizes the concept of “alienated activism,” which describes both the political orientation and political engagement of a range of leftist, progressive, and racial justice activists in Chicago. This talk demonstrates how political alienation can serve as grounds for political activism when coupled with processes of political education. Individuals can become alienated from the political system through their experiences as marginalized people, through disappointing and isolating political institutions and conditions, and/or through solidarity with marginalized groups. Through mechanisms of political education, alienated activists engage in politics via relational political activities, such as political organizing; through familial and collective movement space; and with transformative political strategies. This essay attends closely to anti-carceral and racial justice activism in Chicago. 

Dr. Jordie Davies is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the P3 Lab at the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University and a Visiting Scholar at UC Irvine's Center for the Study of Democracy. She received her PhD in political science from the University of Chicago. Jordie’s research and writing interests include Black politics and political thought, US social movements, and Black feminism. Her research agenda focuses on the influence of social movements on political attitudes, activism, and political participation. Jordie’s book project Alienated Activism: The Political Possibilities of Black Lives Matter proposes the framework “Alienated Activism” to describe social movements and political participation in response to crises in legitimation and neoliberalism, especially the Black Lives Matter movement. She is in the process of converting her dissertation into a book manuscript.

Her research has been supported by Berkeley’s Center on Democracy and Organizing, and she was awarded the Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, the Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, the Diversifying Faculty in Illinois Fellowship, and the APSA Minority Fellows Grant. Jordie has published research and review essays in Social Science Quarterly, Ideology, Theory, Practice, and the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics.

Jordie holds a Master of Arts in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. She received a BA in Political Science from Emory University, in Atlanta, GA, with a minor in Educational Studies.

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