- Andy Clarno, Sociology & African American Studies
This workshop involves an ongoing series of projects carried out by a research team including faculty, students, and community partners. For the first workshop, we analyze intersections between different regimes of racialized policing (criminal, immigration, and national security) that target Black, Latino, Asian, and Arab/Muslim communities in Chicago. While each regime has been studied in isolation, there is little scholarship on the interconnections between the agencies involved; on shared training, tactics, and intelligence; or on the structures of coordination and control. This project explores these connections through a community-engaged project with social movements challenging racialized policing in Chicago. It also contributes to building connections between these movements.
- Faith Fletcher, Community Health Sciences
Building on important work documenting extensive health disparities, this project is to collaborate with IRRPP in planning and convening a series of public dialogues exploring why race is so consequential for health outcomes. This will include focusing on a range of topics, such as how race matters for access to healthcare and healthcare delivery, how structural and interpersonal racism impact mental, emotional and physical health, and how scholars, practitioners, and community groups can intervene to improve health outcomes for vulnerable communities.
- Cedric Johnson, African American Studies & Political Science
This research project explores the complex interplay of race, capital and real estate development in post-disaster New Orleans. In particular, it examines the Fauborg Treme, a historic center of Afro-creole culture, and how post-Katrina development in this area effectively unites nostalgia for the parallel black economy and cultural life that once defined Claiborne Avenue, and the broader economic interests of large developers and the tourism industry. This project focuses on one contemporary post-Katrina case of large-scale revitalization that runs adjacent to Treme, the Lafitte Greenway project, a 2.6 mile trail and recreational space stretching through Mid-City from Armstrong Park on the edge of the French Quarter towards City Park.
- Nadine Naber, Gender and Women's Studies & Asian American Studies
This transnational ethnography project looks at connections between feminist activism and state violence in Beirut, Cairo, Chicago, and Detroit. Ending Violence explores the interconnected ways the U.S.-led war on terror seeps into the activist-labor of feminist activists in different locations, expanding the established feminist of color theorization of “the salience of oppressions” (or how particular movements hold race, class, gender, sexuality, or nation, in view to different degrees depending on the context and what is at stake). It calls on feminist scholars and practitioners to re-think the dangerous after-effects of placing feminist concerns on the back burner in moments of extreme state violence and emergency.
- Akemi Nishida, Disability and Human Development & Gender and Women's Studies
In this project, the Medicaid pushout phenomenon is investigated through critical disability and race studies perspectives. Medicaid pushout refers to beneficiaries’ services being terminated or drastically decreased. A number of pushout cases were reported during the transition to the managed care program, which accelerated Medicaid’s process of neoliberalization. Anecdotes suggest that this shift reconfigured the disabled beneficiary population: some beneficiaries were pushed out of Medicaid and some sent back to mass institutions, resulting in maximized care industry profits and reduced government Medicaid expenses. A systematic investigation of Medicaid pushout is critical in order to reveal the demographics and life circumstances of those pushed out and the consequences of pushout for the right to receive health care. Demographic information of the pushout population and justifications for their change in benefits will be collected from care agencies and analyzed through the lens of critical race and disability theories.
- Laurie Schaffner, Sociology & Gender and Women's Studies & Criminology, Law, and Justice
This research explores the ways in which contemporary hypersexualized racializations coincide with young people of color's participation in the street sex trade for money or other survival needs in Chicago, 2011-2013. Drawing on fieldwork interviews with 177 young people, findings include youth's clear articulations of their ideas about gender, sexualities, and race as they pertain to their practices. A multiracial critical feminist analysis of fieldwork data reveals how structural forces such as extreme segregation, housing instability, contemporary youth cultural image, and lack of access to symbolic and material resources contribute to their racial hypersexualizations, and thus, their participation in the street sex economy.
- Stacey Sutton, Urban Planning and Policy
Communities are increasingly rejecting the notion that predominately Black low-income inner city neighborhoods are barren, blighted, and dangerous places that can only be renewed and made desirable by large-scale real estate development and outside capital investment. My book project, Buy Black: Race, Retail and the Politics of Neighborhood Shop Closure, shows how Black small business-owners (or “merchants”), operating in a predominately Black neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY, resist and reverse disparaging perceptions and racialized meanings inscribed on the neighborhood landscape that could undermine the legitimacy of their enterprises. Through organizing and quotidian practices merchants construct an economic and cultural enclave. This study also describes the frailty of the enclave amid redevelopment planning. That is, we come to understand the commercial corridor as a space through which small business-owners and socio-spatial histories travel and articulate with the city’s development policies and institutional practices. How seemingly mundane and universalistic place-based policies and agency practices affect day-to-day business and enclave sustainability.