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Harvard’s Jennifer Hochschild Speaks Oct. 6

Dr. Jennifer Hochschild, Chair of the Harvard University Department of Government, will speak on the campus of Furman University Thursday, Oct. 6 at 5 p.m. in Burgiss Theater in the Trone Student Center.

Her talk, “‘Here they treat us like a different race’: Political Implications of Class-in-Race Inequality” is free and open to the public, and is part of the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholars program hosted by the Furman Department of Political Science.

Dr. Hochschild will discuss the changing dynamics of citizen participation in the American electoral process. She will show how changing class dynamics within non-white and white communities could change party loyalties.

For decades, blacks have been loyal voters for the Democratic Party, and Latinos and Asians have trended that way for the past two presidential elections. On the other hand, young people of non-white status are not showing the same level of loyalty as their parents. Hochschild will explain how societal, economic, and political factors have led to this dynamic.

Hochschild is the Henry LaBarre Jayne Professor of Government at Harvard University, Professor of African and African American Studies, and Harvard College Professor. She holds lectureships in the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Hochschild studies and teaches about the intersection of American politics and political philosophy—particularly in the areas of race, ethnicity, and immigration—as well as educational and social welfare policies. She also works on issues in public opinion, political culture, and American political thought, and is currently conducting research on the politics and ideology of genomic science, immigrant political incorporation, and citizens’ use of factual information in political decision-making.

Hochschild is the author or co-author of numerous books including most recently, Do Facts Matter?: Information and Misinformation in American Politics, co-authored with Katherine Levine Einstein (Oklahoma University Press, 2015), Creating a New Racial Order:How Immigration, Multiracialism, Genomics, and the Young Can Remake Race in America, co-authored with Vesla Weaver and Traci Burch (Princeton University Press, 2012), and Bringing Outsiders In: Transatlantic Perspectives on Immigrant Political Incorporation, co-edited with John Mollenkopf (Cornell University Press, 2009). She is also the author of The American Dream and the Public Schools, co-authored with Nathan Scovronick (Oxford University Press, 2003), and other books.

Hochschild was founding editor of Perspectives on Politics, published by the American Political Science Association, and was a former co-editor of the American Political Science Review (2010-2012).

In 2011, Hochschild held the John W. Kluge Chair in American Law and Governance at the Library of Congress. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has served as president and vice president of the American Political Science Association.

She has received fellowships or awards from numerous organizations including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation, Mellon Foundation, Princeton University Research Board, Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute, and Harvard’s Center for American Political Studies. She has served as a consultant or expert witness in several school desegregation cases, most importantly, Yonkers Board of Education v. New York State.

Before coming to Harvard in 2001, Hochschild taught at Duke and Columbia Universities and was William Steward Tod Professor of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University for almost two decades.

For more information, contact the Furman News and Media Relations office at 864-294-3107.


Last updated September 22, 2016
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