Carlos Figueroa is an assistant professor of politics who holds a Ph.D. in both Politics 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 engaged in working class politics, labor organizing/collective bargaining and urban activism since the late 1980s, which inform his intellectual, research and teaching work. He is working on a book project titled Quakers, Race and Empire: The Politics of Civic Membership in U.S. Insular Policy Rhetoric, 1898-1917 that provides an historical and discursive analysis of the Lake Mohonk Conference of Friends of the Indian and other Dependent Peoples (LMC) and its interventions into national political debates and policy controversies concerning the civic status of nonwhite peoples in acquired U.S. insular territories during the early decades of the 20th century. The book analyzes the connections between collective citizenship, civic membership, and ascriptive status politics within the context of an emerging modern U.S. imperialism that helps us understand questions about the confluence of race, religion and policy discourses/political development in American life.
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