Carlos Figueroa

Carlos Figueroa

Assistant Professor, Department of Politics
Faculty, School of Humanities and Sciences

Specialty:U.S Politics/American political development; U.S. Quakerism; Race and Citizenship; interpretive policy analysis; Black politics and political thought; Latinos & Borders; public leadership
Phone:(607) 274-7381
Office:319 Muller Center
Ithaca, NY 14850

I have been at Ithaca College since August 2013 as an assistant professor in the department of Politics.  I hold a dual Ph.D. degree 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.   I have studied British politics, history and literature abroad at Wroxton College in Oxfordshire, England (FDU), and democratic theory & human diversity at the Trans-regional Center for Democratic Studies (New School).  I have also engaged in working class politics, labor organizing/collective bargaining and urban activism since the early 1990s, which inform my intellectual, research and teaching work. 

My scholarship and teaching interests include studies in American political development;  U.S. Quakers, race and citizenship;  interpretive policy analysis;  Black politics and political thought;  Latino & Border politics; interpretive & qualitative methodology/methods, and public leadership.   Some of my academic/intellectual work has appeared in various venues: Journal of Public Affairs Education, Journal of Race and Policy, and with the University of Virginia Press, among others.  

I am currently working on several projects;  two short-term projects in the area of citizenship, Latinos and border politics, and one long-term (2nd book) project on Bayard Rustin: Black Gay Quaker Organizer and Labor & Civil Rights Activist, 1938-1987.  For more on this early Rustin project, please listen to my NPR conversation with Willis Kern:  I recently gave a keynote address on Quaker Bayard Rustin at Illinois State University as part of the President's Speaker Series for Black History Month in conjunction with the LGBT Legacy Wall ( in February 2016:

More on the broader ISU President's Speaker Series:

One of my shorter-term projects titled "Bridge Narratives and Spatial Citizenship at the US-Mexico Border" focuses on the everyday ‘lived experiences’ of border peoples who study and/or work around the 'international bridges' connecting Brownsville, Texas (USA) and Matamoros, Tamaulipas (Mexico), and how such peoples, I argue, have actively engaged in constructing/reconstructing 'local spatial citizenship' despite attempts by political, social & elected elites at 'normalizing' the border through rhetorical liberal democratic and republican notions of political community.

My first 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 (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 this book project is my most recent publication "Quaker Political Interventions, and US Puerto Rico Policy Development, 1900 - 1917" The Journal of Race and Policy, Vol. 11, No. 1 (Spring/Summer 2015), pp. 36 - 54.

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