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

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;  Politics of US CitizenshipQuakerism, Racialism and American politicsAfrican American Politics and Political Thought;  and Faith & Race in American Political Life

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 also partake (starting in the early 1990s) in working class politics, labor organizing/collective bargaining and urban activism, 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 (IPA);  African American politics and political thought; Latino politics in the U.S.; 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 Discourse, 1898–1917 provides the first in-depth historical interpretive analysis of Quaker political interventions -- through the Lake Mohonk Conference of Friends of the Indian and Other Dependent Peoples (LMC) -- into U.S. insular policy discourses over territorial governance, self-determination, and liberal citizenship in Puerto Rico and the Philippines in early 20th century American political thought and development.  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 --

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