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Mark Q. Sawyer

Mark Q. Sawyer

Sawyer MarkMark Q. Sawyer
University of Chicago, 1999


Office: 3272 Bunche Hall
Phone: (310) 825-6629
Fax: (310) 825-0778

Mailing Address:
UCLA Department of Political Science
4289 Bunche Hall
Box 951472
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1472

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Race, Ethnicity and Politics, Political Theory, Comparative Politcs and American Politics

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Mark Sawyer is currently a Professor of African American Studies and Political Science at UCLA and the Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Politics. In fall of 2005 he was a Visiting Associate Professor at the Department of African and African-American Studies at Harvard University. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago in December of 1999.

His current work includes a book entitled, " Racial Politics in Post Revolutionary Cuba" that was recently published by Cambridge University press.  His book received the DuBois Award for the best book by the National Conference of Black Political Scientists and the Ralph Bunche Award from the American Political Science Association. He has written articles on the intersection between race and gender in modern Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic and additional work on the impact of race relations on democratic transition in Cuba.  He also has interest in the area of race, immigration and citizenship around the globe. He has published in the Journal of Political Psychology, Perspectives on Politics, SOULS, as well as the UCLA Journal of International and Foreign Affairs. He is a member of the American Political Science Association, and the National Conference of Black Political Scientists

Selected Publications:

Racial Politics in Post-Revolutionary Cuba. Cambridge University Press (2006, ISBN 0521612675). (2007 Ralph Bunche Award, American Political Science Association, & 2007 W.E.B. Du Bois Award, Best Book National Conference of Black Political Scientists).

"Du Bois' Double Consciousness versus Latin American Exceptionalism: Joe Arroyo, Salsa and Negritude." SOULS, 2005, Volume 7, Issues 3-4 pgs.88-98.
"'Racial Democracy' in the Americas: A Latin and North American Comparison." with Peña and Sidanius Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology 2004 Vol. 35, No. 6 pgs. 749-762.

"Cuban Exceptionalism: Group Based Hierarchy and the Dynamics of Patriotism in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Cuba." with Yesilernis Peña and James Sidanius The Dubois Review 2004 Vol.1, No.1.pgs.93-114.

"Contentious Pluralism: The Public Sphere and Democracy." with John Guidry Perspectives on Politics. Volume 1, Number 2, June 2003 pgs 273-289.

"Racial Politics in Multi-Ethnic America: Black and Latino Identities and Coalitions." In NEITHER ENEMIES NOR FRIENDS Latino/as, Blacks, Afro Latinos (Eds) Anani Dzidzienyo and Suzanne Oboler. New York: Palgrave Press.

Edited Books:

Just Neighbors? Research on African American Lation Relations in the United States (with Edward Telles and Gaspar Rivera Salgado) (in Press Russell Sage Foundation Press)

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