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CANCELED: Domingo Morel ─ Takeover: Race, Education, and American Democracy

Monday, March 30, 2020

12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

McKinney Conference Room, 111 Thayer Street

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This seminar will be rescheduled in Fall 2020.

Domingo Morel’s talk will feature an overview of his recent book, Takeover: Race, Education, and American Democracy which won the W.E.B. Dubois Distinguished Book Award. Takeover offers the first systematic study of state takeovers of local school districts in the United States. Relying on historical analysis, case studies (with a primary focus on Newark, New Jersey) and an original dataset of nearly 1000 school districts, the book examines the political causes and consequences of state takeovers. The book shows that although the justification for state takeovers have been generally based on concerns with poor academic performance, questions of race and political power have played a critical role in the emergence of state takeovers of local school districts.

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Domingo Morel is an assistant professor of political science at Rutgers University, Newark. He is also an affiliate member of Global Urban Studies and the Center on Law, Inequality, and Metropolitan Equity at Rutgers Newark.

His research program and teaching portfolio focus on racial and ethnic politics, urban politics, education politics and public policy. Specifically, his research explores the ways state policies help expand or diminish political inequality among historically marginalized populations.

Dr. Morel’s current research examines how the increasing presence of state governments in urban affairs after the 1960s has affected Black and Latino political empowerment in U.S. cities. His book, Takeover: Race, Education, and American Democracy (Oxford University Press) examines the political implications of state takeovers of local school districts for communities of color. His other book, Latino Mayors: Power and Political Change in the Postindustrial City (co-edited with Marion Orr, Temple University Press), examines the rise of Latino mayors in the U.S.

In addition to his scholarship, Dr. Morel has years of applied experience in political affairs and public policy. He is co-founder of the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University and past president of the Rhode Island Latino Political Action Committee.

He received his PhD in political science from Brown University in 2014.