May 10

Convocation: Andra Gillespie

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Emory University political scientist Andra Gillespie examines the impact of black political leadership in the post-civil rights generation.

Friday, May 10th, 2019
10:50 – 11:50 am / Skinner Chapel
  • Convocation: Andra Gilespie
Andra Gillespie Convocation

Andra Gillespie, associate professor of political science at Emory University, researches the political leadership of the post-civil rights generation.  She edited and contributed to Whose Black Politics? Cases in Post-Racial Black Leadership, which features case studies of prominent black elected officials born after 1960 to shed light on the advent of a new generation of black political leadership. She is also the author of The New Black Politician: Cory Booker, Newark and Post-Racial America, which examines the evolution of black politics in Newark, New Jersey to gain a deeper understanding of the connection between racial solidarity, vote choice and policy preferences. More recently, she published Race and the Obama Administration: Substance, Symbols and Hope, which examines the representation of African American interests in the Obama Administration.  Gillespie addresses the question of whether the advent of a new generation of black political leadership will actually lead to substantive political changes in the black community in her presentation titled "Why Symbolic Politics Matters."

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