Carlos Figueroa

Assistant Professor, Politics
School: School of Humanities and Sciences
Phone: 607-274-7381
Office: Muller Faculty Center 319, Ithaca, NY 14850
Speciality: U.S. Political Thought & Development; U.S. Quakerism; Black American Politics; Interpretive Policy Analysis; U.S. Intellectual History

General Biography:  Carlos Figueroa has a dual PhD in Political Science and Historical Studies from The New School for Social Research and currently teaches in the Politics Department at Ithaca College. He researches and writes on race, religion, and class politics, the politics of U.S. citizenship, U.S. Quakerism, and U.S. Puerto Rico affairs. Some of his academic/intellectual work has appeared in the Journal of Public Affairs EducationJournal of Race and PolicyPolitical Science Quarterly, Annales: Ethics in Economic Life, Fair Observer, the University of Virginia Press, and the University Press of Kansas, among others. His first book Quakers, Race, and Empire: Political Ecumenism and U.S. Insular Policy in the Early Twentieth Century (under review, University of Kansas Press), shows how and why progressive era Quakers intervened in U.S. insular policy discourses over the organizing and governance of acquired territories (Puerto Rico and the Philippines), and the struggles for self-determination, and citizenship within the context of an expanding American empire from 1898 to 1917.  Last, he is working on a second book Bayard Rustin: The Pragmatic Quaker, 1912 - 1987 that examines how and why Rustin's tacit pragmatic Quaker faith informed his political thought, organizing, and activism in the context of dealing with the various social injustices and inequalities facing working & poor people, and other marginalized groups in the U.S. and abroad during his 50-year public life.

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I teach courses at various levels: 100 (lectures), 300 (seminars) and 400 (seminars & tutorials), including -- Introduction to U.S. Politics; the Politics of U.S. Citizenship; Social and Racial Justice Politics: Quakers in America; Black American Politics and Political Thought; Faith & Race in American Political Life; and Race, Class and the Geographies of Housing. I am currently designing three seminars (300 and 400 levels): 1) American Labor and the Civil Rights Movement, 2) Labor, Civil Rights and Bayard T. Rustin, and 3) Puerto Rican Revolutionary Leader Pedro Albizu Campos.  I also serve as faculty advisor to Buzzsaw Magazine.

Please read my scholarship of teaching here: https://threadcfe.com/?s=Carlos+Figueroa&submit=Search

I am a First-Generation who holds 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 been active in working-class politics (starting with my own lived experiences), and labor organizing/collective bargaining since the early 1990s, which also informs my intellectual, research, and teaching work.

My scholarly interests include studies in American political developmentU.S. Quakers, race and citizenship; interpretive policy analysis (IPA); black American politics and political thought; Latino/a politics in the U.S. & border studies; interpretive & qualitative methodology/methods; U.S. intellectual History; and public leadership (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oafbLDV6X8).

Broader academic and teaching work:  https://digitalcommons.ithaca.edu/do/search/?q=Carlos%20Figueroa&start=0&context=7614640&facet=

My most recent publications (https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1972-2022): 

1) Working-Class America Needs Real Change, Not Slogans:  https://www.fairobserver.com/region/north_america/carlos-figueroa-2020-us-presidential-election-donald-trump-joe-biden-working-class-americans-73991/?fbclid=IwAR0jZRiA_MqXeLFrIql_R26rz36nvbeGxYrFjoic1WjV4xW6BMuyeTCePpc

2) The Puerto Rico Crisis:  A Reflection of a Flawed US Democracyhttps://www.fairobserver.com/region/north_america/puerto-rico-us-territory-ricardo-rossello-world-news-34709/

Also published separately in Spanish at Revista Comun:  https://www.revistacomun.com/blog/la-crisis-de-puerto-rico-reflejo-de-una-democracia-estadounidense-defectuosa

3) US Supreme Court and its educative role within a deliberative democratic systemhttps://czasopisma.uni.lodz.pl/annales/article/view/4440

My first book project Quakers, Race and Empire:  Political Ecumenism and U.S. Insular Policy in the Early Twentieth Century shows how and why progressive era Quakers intervened in U.S. insular policy discourses over the organizing and governance of acquired territories (Puerto Rico and the Philippines), and the struggles for self-determination, and citizenship within the context of an expanding American empire from 1898 to 1917.  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 the related public lecture in Quaker Times -- http://sco.lt/52Ljc1

I am also working on several research studies on black gay Quaker labor and civil rights thinker & activist Bayard Rustin.  In February 2016, I gave an invited talk on Rustin at Illinois State as a University Speaker, and as part of their Black History Month celebration.  Please listen to my National Public Radio (Normal, Illinois) conversation on Rustin and his Quakerism here:  https://www.ithaca.edu/news/releases/in-npr-interview,-ithaca-college-professor-highlights-contributions-of-lesser-known-civil-rights-leader-41415/

Quoted in various places related to U.S. politics, race, class and citizenship: 

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/11/01/no-mr-president-sanders-says-election-day-youre-not-standing-working-families

https://www.newstatesman.com/world/north-america/2018/09/hurricane-maria-may-have-been-us-s-deadliest-natural-disaster-ever-trump

https://depauliaonline.com/40698/nation/trump-foreign-aid-cuts-to-central-america-exacerbating-cycle-of-despair/

https://www.bupipedream.com/news/95036/students-discuss-implications-of-citizenship-question-on-2020-census/

Please read my critical commentary here:  

https://www.fairobserver.com/author/carlos-figueroa/

https://www.commondreams.org/author/carlos-figueroa

https://www.revistacomun.com/colaboradores

Please follow me and read my research here: 

https://twitter.com/figueroaphd

https://ithaca.academia.edu/CarlosFigueroa

USEFUL WEBSITES:

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/latest_polls/

http://www.buzzsawmag.org/

https://www.wsws.org/en?redirect=true

On race, class, and BLM:

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2020/06/black-lives-matter-corporations-unions

https://nonsite.org/the-triumph-of-black-lives-matter-and-neoliberal-redemption/

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10624-017-9476-3