BLM and Protest Movements: A Panel Discussion

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 7:00 p.m. EST

Zoom — https://tennessee.zoom.us/j/97652409785 / Password – UTCPSPS

Come meet a group of political scientists with expertise in Black Politics and who approach the question of social justice through a variety of lenses: culture, political behavior, and political theory. The discussion should be robust, they know each other so the dialogue should be exciting, and there will be lots of opportunities to ask questions.

Dr. Michelle Deardorff of Political Science and Public Service will moderate. 


Dr. Najja K. Baptist, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville 

Dr. Baptist is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Arkansas Fayetteville. He earned his doctorate in political science from Howard University and his work has appeared in numerous journals, such as National Political Science ReviewJournal of Race and EthnicityPolitics, Groups, and Identities, and other outlets. Dr. Baptist’s work is primarily focused on Black politics, social movements, culture, political behavior, public opinion, and mass media in the United States. 


Dr. Emmitt Y. Riley, III, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies, DePauw University 

Professor Riley is Assistant Professor and Director of the Africana Studies program at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. He earned his PhD in political science from the University of Mississippi. The National Conference of Black Political Scientists has named him the 2018 Anna Julia Cooper Teacher of the Year and in 2020, bestowed on him the Fannie Lou Hamer Award for Service. Dr. Riley has teaching and research interests in race politics, Black politics, legislative-process, political representation, racial resentment, and Africana studies. His research has appeared in journals such as the Journal of Black StudiesJournal of Race & Policy, and the National Review of Black Politics 


Dr. Leniece Titani-Smith, Associate Professor of Political Science, Jackson State University 

Dr. Titani-Smith is Associate Professor of Political Science & Faculty Fellow, Office of the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Jackson State University, an historic black university in Mississippi. Dr. Smith recently served as the Interim Chair of the Department of Political Science. She earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago. Dr. Titani-Smith’s research areas include Black political attitudes, political thought, and media and politics. Her research has appeared in such journals as the National Political Science ReviewIllinois Political Science Review, and the Journal of Race and Policy



Sponsored by: The Adolph S. Ochs Professor of Government, the Department of Political Science and Public Service, the Africana Studies minor, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. 


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