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Debut of The 2013-14 ABF Seminar Series

  • When: September 11, 2013, 12 pm
  • Where: ABF Woods Conference Room, 750 N. Lake Shore Drive, 4th Floor, Lakeside, Chicago IL 60611

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Maureen Craig:  Law and Social Science Doctoral Fellow and Doctoral candidate studying Social Psychology at Northwestern University.  

On the precipice of a "majority-minority" America: Perceived status threat from the racial demographic shift influences Whites’ racial attitudes and political ideology

Recent Census Bureau projections indicate that racial/ethnic minorities will comprise over 50% of the US population by 2042, effectively creating a so-called “majority-minority” nation.  In this research, I examine how presenting information about the increasingly-diverse US racial demographic landscape influences White Americans’ racial attitudes and political ideology.  Specifically, a series of experiments find consistent evidence that exposure to the shifting US racial demographics (compared with exposure to various control primes) evokes the expression of more implicit and explicit racial bias, greater endorsement of political conservatism, and, among political independents, a greater tendency to lean towards the Republican rather than Democratic Party.

Kasey Hendricks: Law and Social Science Doctoral Fellow and Sociology Ph.D. student at Loyola University Chicago.

“No Taxation without Discrimination: The Racial Politics of American Property Taxes”

“No Taxation without Discrimination” will retell some familiar moments of property tax rebellion throughout American history, as well as other moments that many may have long forgotten or never known. Utilizing ethnographic content analysis of a cross-comparative case study, this project seeks to uncover the discursive continuities and discontinuities of how racial ideology has shaped, and become shaped by, what has been labeled “the worst tax in the civilized world.” More specifically, these historical retellings will always be about the implicit and explicit racial politics of property taxes, conflicts regarding whom this money is expended upon, and struggles over who carries their fair share of the tax burden.

Alisha Holland: ABF Doctoral Fellow and Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at Harvard University.

            "Forbearance as Redistribution: Enforcement Politics in Urban Latin America"

Violations of property laws by the poor, such as squatting, street vending, and electricity theft, are widespread in many developing countries.  The conventional wisdom is that limited enforcement of property laws reflects weak states unable to implement their laws due to budget constraints, corruption, or bureaucratic inefficiency.  My dissertation shows that the non-enforcement of law is often a deliberate choice, a behavior that I call forbearance, and motivated by distributive and electoral incentives. Through case studies of street vending and squatting in three Latin American cities, I document how the constitutional recognition of social rights shapes enforcement politics and how electoral rules result in divergent enforcement patterns. 

 Please read more about their research interests below:        

Maureen Craig is a doctoral candidate studying social psychology at Northwestern University.  Her research explores how social category differences affect individuals’ relations with others, their beliefs in the political domain, and even more basic social cognitive processes.  Her primary line of research explores how the experiences that often distinguish low- from high-status group members (e.g., discrimination) may influence intergroup relations between members of different minority groups (i.e., intra-minority intergroup relations).  This research examines how individuals from one disadvantaged group respond to members of other such groups when the discrimination that their group has faced is made salient.  Her dissertation, “Cross Category Coalitions: Reducing Bias across Category Dimensions in Intra-minority Intergroup Relations,” examines potential routes to promote common categorization across category dimensions (e.g., between White women and racial minority group members) upon exposure to discrimination. 

Kasey Henricks is a Ph.D. Student of Sociology at Loyola University Chicago. His research interests lie in understanding how race and class inequalities are reproduced over time though institutional arrangements sponsored by state fiscal policy. On multiple occasions, Kasey’s work has been regionally and nationally recognized for research excellence. It has been featured (or accepted to be published) in a variety of peer-reviewed journals such as Symbolic Interaction, Critical Sociology, Race Ethnicity and Education, and Race, Gender & Class, among others, in addition to a number of edited volumes. His first book, co-authored with David G. Embrick, is tentatively entitled State Looteries: Gambling that Taxes Racial Inequality, will be published by Routledge, and is expected to hit bookstores in 2014. 

Alisha Holland is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at Harvard University.  She specializes in comparative politics with broad interests in law and development, urban politics, and comparative political economy.  Her dissertation, entitled “Forbearance as Redistribution,” examines the politics of non-enforcement of laws (“forbearance”) in Latin American cities.  She focuses on forbearance toward squatting and unlicensed street vending in Latin American cities, and examines how politicians, bureaucrats, and constitutional courts resolve the tension between distributive and procedural justice.  Her dissertation combines an original survey of local governments, a public opinion poll, newspaper and court records, and qualitative interviews with politicians.  She also has published on crime control and party politics in El Salvador.  Ms. Holland graduated from Princeton in 2007, where she received the Pyne Prize, the highest distinction awarded to an undergraduate.  She then worked for the Americas Division of Human Rights Watch in Chile, Venezuela, and Colombia.


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