Race, Ethnicity, and American Politics

A solemn-faced brown-skinned woman, seated beneath the American flag, holds a sign with the text: Black Lives Matter.

The Black Lives Matter movement and its effect on American politics is one of the topics explored in this course. (Image courtesy of UNARMED CIVILIAN on flickr. License CC BY-NC-SA.)


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Spring 2017



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This course explores the role of race and ethnicity in modern American politics. It focuses on social science approaches to measuring the effects of race, both at the individual level and more broadly. Topics include race and representation, measurement of racial and ethnic identities, voting rights and electoral districting, protest and other forms of political participation, and the meaning and measurement of racial attitudes.

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Ariel White. 17.269 Race, Ethnicity, and American Politics. Spring 2017. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, https://ocw.mit.edu. License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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