Race & U.S. Empire


Andrew Clarno, Sociology
Nicole Nguyen, Educational Policy Studies

This group focuses on the ways that racism and capitalism inform the logics and practices of the contemporary U.S. empire both within the U.S. and across the globe. Much of our scholarship revolves around two themes: the expansion of the security state and struggles against imperial racism.

September 24 from 2 - 3:30 pm

Book: From Deportation to Prison: The Politics of Immigration Enforcement in Post Civil-Rights America by Patrisia Macías-Rojas.  The author will be present.

Chapter 2
Chapter 5

October 30, 2019 from 1 - 2:30 PM

“The Persistence of ‘the Police that Kills:’  Authoritarian Coercion in São Paulo State” by Yanilda María González, University of Chicago.  The author will be present.

Please contact the Institute for the Humanities (huminst@uic.edu) to receive a copy of this reading.

Tuesday, 11/19 from 2:00-3:30

Location: BSB 4102

Book Discussion:
Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian’s Incarcerated Childhood and the Politics of Unchilding (Cambridge University Press 2019)

The UIC library has an electronic copy with unlimited access.

Thursday, Feb 13, 2020 from 3 - 5 PM

Simon Balto, Assistant Professor of African American History, University of Iowa

Lecture title:  Occupied Territory: Understanding the Roots of the Crisis of Racist Policing

In this talk, historian Simon Balto discusses the origins of the modern policing crisis in black communities, using Chicago in the early and mid-twentieth century as a lens. Contrary to most scholarly and popular assumptions alike, his research locates those origins not in the era of the wars on crime and drugs, but rather in earlier periods of black urban in-migration, spatial and political conflict, and the developing urban crisis. Bookended by Chicago’s race riot of 1919 and the Chicago Police Department’s assassination of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton in 1969, the talk also offers ruminations on the recent 100 and 50-year anniversaries, respectively, of these tragic events.

Simon Balto teaches, researches, and writes about African American history in the United States. His first book, Occupied Territory: Policing Black Chicago from Red Summer to Black Power (University of North Carolina Press, 2019), explores the development of a police system in Chicago’s Black neighborhoods that over the course of the mid-twentieth century became simultaneously brutally repressive and neglectful. His writing has also appeared in TIME magazine, The Washington PostThe Progressive, the Journal of African American History, Labor, and numerous other popular and scholarly outlets.

March 11, 2020 from 3 - 4:30 PM

Jenna M. Loyd, University of Wisconsin- Madison

“Transnational Migration Deterrence and the Possibilities for #AbolishICE”

The specter of further border fortification together with horrifying images of overcrowded detention facilities and stranded asylum seekers have brought renewed attention to UW migration and asylum policy. This talk traces how rounds of racialized crisis going back to the 1970s have resulted in the construction of the world’s largest system of deterrence, detention, and deportation. It argues that any campaign to end the horrors of family separation and detention must address the transnational deterrence policies in which they are rooted.

Jenna M. Loyd is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the author of Health Rights Are Civil Rights: Peace and Justice Activism in Los Angeles, 1963-1978 (2014, University of Minnesota Press), the co-editor of Beyond Walls and Cages: Prisons, Borders, and Global Crisis (2012, University of Georgia Press), and the co-author of Boats, Borders, and Bases: Race, the Cold War, and the Rise of Migration Detention the United States (2018, University of California Press).