Carlos Figueroa

Carlos Figueroa

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

Specialty:American political development; politics of U.S. Quakerism; race, class and religion; historical & interpretive policy analysis; black American politics and political thought; public leadership
Phone:(607) 274-7381
Office:319 Muller Center
Ithaca, NY 14850

Since August 2013, I've had the privilege to serve as an assistant professor in the IC politics department.  I teach courses at the 100, 300 and 400 levels that include:  Introduction to US Politics;  the Politics of U.S. CitizenshipQuakerism, Racialism and American politicsBlack American Politics and Political Thought;  and Faith & Race in U.S. Political Life

I am a First-Generation college graduate.  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 and constitutional theory at the Trans-regional Center for Democratic Studies (New School).  I have been active in working class politics, and labor organizing/collective bargaining since the early 1990s, which also 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 (IPA);  black American politics and political thought; Latino politics in the U.S. & border studies; interpretive & qualitative methodology/methods, and public leadership/leadership studies (

Some of my academic/intellectual work has appeared in various venues:  Journal of Public Affairs Education, Journal of Race and Policy, Political Science Quarterly and with the University of Virginia Press, among others.

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).  I show that border peoples (within fluid borderlands) often construct, and reconstruct 'spatial citizenship' within and through the negotiation of bridge technological/urban spaces in order to maintain a semblance of civic community despite -- and often in light of -- the real and/or perceived violence at the southern US border.

My first book project Quakers, Race and Empire:  Political Ecumenism and U.S. Insular Policy in the Early Twentieth Century provides an historical political analysis of Quaker interventions into U.S. insular policy discourses -- through the work of the Lake Mohonk Conference of Friends of the Indian and Other Dependent Peoples (LMC) -- over the governance of acquired territories, and struggles for self-determination, and citizenship by inherited nonwhite peoples in Puerto Rico and the Philippines from 1898 to 1917.  Related to this book project is a 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.  Also, see related lecture in Quaker Times --

I am also working on several research studies on black gay Quaker labor and civil rights thinker & activist Bayard Rustin.  Listen to my recent NPR (Normal, Illinois) conversation about Rustin here: 

Last, please read my contemporary political commentary here:


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