Clarissa Hayward

Professor, Political Science

Much of my work centers on structural power, especially structural racial power. I’m a political theorist, but my work is grounded in empirical analysis. For example, my second book (How Americans Make Race) draws on in-depth historical analyses of the development of racialized identities and spaces in the twentieth-century United States, and also on life-narratives collected from people who live in racialized urban and suburban spaces, to make the case that what I call the institutionalization and objectification of racial identity-stories lends them resilience in the face of challenge and critique. More recently my focus has been structural racial change. For example, my 2020 Journal of Politics article (“Disruption: What is it Good for?” explores the role of political disruption in putting structural racial inequalities on the political agenda.

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