The Dream Revisited: Race, Segregation, and Politics

Research & Policy | March 6th 2017

The twenty-third discussion on The Dream Revisited, Race, Segregation, and Politics, explores the impact of persistent racial segregation on political discourse and electoral outcomes in the United States.

Essays in the latest discussion include:

  • Politics in a Racially Segregated Nation by J. Phillip Thompson, Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Politics at MIT. Before entering academic life, Thompson worked as deputy general manager of the New York City Housing Authority and as Director of the Mayor’s Office of Housing Coordination. His most recent book is Double Trouble: Black Mayors, Black Communities, and the Call for a Deep Democracy.
  • The Enduring Legacy of Our Separate and Unequal Geography by Patrick Bayer, Professor of Economics at Duke University and Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research focuses on wide range of subjects including racial inequality and segregation, social interactions, housing markets, education, and crime.
  • Linking Multiracial Coalitions and Class-Based Appeals by Lawrence Bobo, W. E. B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University. He holds appointments in the Department of Sociology and the Department of African and African American Studies. His research focuses on the intersection of social inequality, politics, and race. 
  • A Nation Divided Still: How a Vote for Trump Says More about the Voter than the Candidate Himself by Christina Greer, Associate Professor of Political Science at Fordham University. Her research and teaching focus on American politics, black ethnic politics, urban politics, quantitative methods, and public opinion. She is the author of the book Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream.

The Dream Revisited is a series of thoughtful debates related to racial and economic segregation in neighborhoods and schools. It is a project of the NYU Furman Center and edited by Ingrid Gould Ellen and Justin Steil. Past discussions have explored such topics as the role of implicit bias in sustaining segregation, HUD’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, the pros and cons of Small Area Fair Market Rents (SAFMRs), and balancing investments in people and investments in place.

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The Dream Revisited is supported in part by a grant from the Open Society Foundations. If you have any comments or suggestions for future discussions, email us at [email protected].

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