Carlos Figueroa is an assistant professor of politics who holds a dual Ph.D. in political science and Historical studies from The New School for Social Research, an M.S. in General Administration from Central Michigan University, and B.A. in Political Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Florham Park/Madison, N.J. He has been engaged in working class politics, labor organizing/collective bargaining and urban activism since the early 1990s, which inform his broader social justice oriented intellectual, research and teaching work. His scholarly interests include studies in American political development; U.S. Quakers, race and citizenship; interpretive policy analysis; Black politics and political thought; Latino & Border politics; and public leadership. He has published in various venues: Journal of Public Affairs Education, Journal of Race and Policy, and the University of Virginia Press, among others.
He is working on several article length pieces in the area of citizenship, Latinos and border politics. One such project titled "Bridge Narratives and Spatial Citizenship at the US-Mexico Border" focuses on the everyday ‘lived experiences’ of border peoples who make their living around the 'international bridges' connecting Brownsville, Texas (USA) and Matamoros, Tamaulipas (Mexico), and how such peoples actively engage in constructing/reconstructing what he calls "active spatial citizenship" within an often “normalized” liberal democratic and republican political community.
His current book project Quakers, Race and Empire: Political Ecumenism and U.S. Insular Policy Rhetoric, 1898–1917 provides an historical political analysis of U.S. Quaker interventions into national debates and policy controversies over the civic status of inherited 'nonwhite' peoples in acquired overseas territories (cases of Puerto Rico and the Philippines) -- within the context of an emerging modern U.S. imperialist state -- as a way to understand the connections between collective citizenship/civic membership, institutional and ascriptive status politics at the confluence of race, religion and policy development.
Related to the latter research is his most recent publication titled "Quaker Political Interventions, and US Puerto Rico Policy Development, 1900 - 1917" found in The Journal of Race and Policy, Vol. 11, No. 1 (Spring/Summer 2015), pp. 36 - 54.