Published On: Mon, Nov 16th, 2020

FAU John O’Sullivan Lecture Series Presents “Race and Politics: The Crossroads of Modern American Political Culture”

Andra Gillespie

Boca Raton, FL – The Department of History in Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters presents “Race and Politics: The Crossroads of Modern American Political Culture,” a virtual zoom meeting on Friday, Nov. 20 at 4 p.m. Registration is free at

The lecture will be presented by Andra Gillespie, Associate Professor Political Science and Director of the James Waldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference at Emory University. Gillespie earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University. She teaches courses on American politics, race and politics and qualitative methodology. Her research focuses on the political leadership of the post-civil rights generation. In particular, she studies African American politicians who attempt to transcend race and how Black voters respond to them. She is the author of “The New Black Politician: Cory Booker, Newark and Post-Racial America” (2012) and “Race and Obama Administration: Symbols, Substance and Hope” (2019). She is also the editor of “Whose Black Politics? Cases in Post-Racial Black Leadership” (2010). In addition, she is an active public scholar whose interviews and op-eds have appeared in numerous local, national and/or international media outlets. 

About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit 

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