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Building Walls and Securing Borders

Wed. Jan. 17, 2018      7:30 p.m.

Kane Hall 120

Megan Ming Francis

Megan Ming Francis, Associate Professor of Political Science, UW

With the election of Donald Trump, there is increased attention on border security and questions about citizenship. Francis discusses the Muslim ban and how the public made their response heard with protests in our country’s streets and airports.

Admission is free. Advance registration is required.

This lecture has reached capacity. As a courtesy, the Graduate School will offer standby seating on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 6:45 pm in Kane Hall. Any reserved seats not taken by 7:15 pm will be offered to our guests in the standby line.

Part of the Equity & Difference: Rights lecture series. Produced in partnership with the University of Washington Graduate School.


Megan Ming Francis is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington and is also the field director for history and political development at the Washington Institute for the Study of Inequality and Race. Francis specializes in the study of American politics, race, and the development of constitutional law. She is particularly interested in the construction of rights and citizenship, black political activism, and the post-civil war South. Born and raised in Seattle, she was educated at Garfield High School, Rice University in Houston and Princeton University, where she received her M.A. and her Ph.D. in politics. She is the author of the multiple-award winning book, “Civil Rights and the Making of the Modern American State” (2014). This book tells the story of how the early campaign against state sanctioned racial violence of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People shaped the modern civil rights movement. Her research and commentary have been featured on MSNBC, Al-Jazeera, NPR, PBS, Newsweek, The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, and TEDx talks.

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