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;  the 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 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 (IPA);  Black politics and political thought;  Latino politics; 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.

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: The Pragmatic Quaker - From Radical Protest to Gradual Coalition Politics, 1938 - 1987.  For more on this early Rustin project, please listen to my NPR conversation with Willis Kern:  In February 2016, I 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 (  Please see brief TV news coverage of event at the 7:30 minute mark:

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 Discourse, 1898–1917 provides an historical analysis of U.S. Quaker interventions into national political discourses shaping 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 -- that sheds light on the connections between republican citizenship/civic membership, liberal democratic governance and ascriptive status politics at the confluence of race, religion and U.S. policy 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.  See related talk: Quaker Times --

Please read my contemporary political commentary here:

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