Michael C. Dawson, John D. MacArthur Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago, will deliver the WISIR Distinguished Lecture for Spring Quarter on Monday, April 18 from 12:00-1:30 p.m. in the Petersen Room in Allen Library (Room 485). The title of his lecture is “Support for Reparations in the Early 21st Century.”

The founding director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago, Dawson is the author of four major books on African American politics and political thought: Behind the Mule: Race and Class in African-American Politics (Princeton University Press, 1994), Black Visions: The Roots of Contemporary African-American Political Ideologies (University of Chicago Press, 2001), Not In Our Lifetimes: The Future of Black Politics (University of Chicago Press, 2011), and Blacks In and Out of the Left (Harvard University Press, 2013). He is currently completing a fifth book, Black Politics in the Early Twenty-First Century (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).