Role of Race in the Presidential Election

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Dr. Camille Charles is a professor of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania and director of Penn’s Center for Africana Studies. Dr. Charles, an expert on race and class issues, has done research for the Obama campaign. She is author of “Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Race, Class and Residence in a Los Angeles.”
Media contact: Jacquie Posey at 215-898-6460 or jposey@upenn.edu

Dr. John L. Jackson Jr.
is an associate professor of communication in Penn’s Annenberg School for Communication and an associate professor of anthropology in Penn’s School of Arts and Sciences. He is author of “Racial Paranoia: The Unintended Consequences of Political Correctness.” He identifies a new paradigm of race relations that has emerged in the wake of civil-rights era legal victories: racial paranoia. His research includes racialization and media technology, media analysis and the impact of mass media on urban life.
Media contact: Joe Diorio at 215-746-1798 or jdiorio@asc.upenn.edu

Dr. Wendell Pritchett, professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania, researches and teaches urban policy, land-use law and policy, urban history and race relations. He is author of the newly released “Robert Clifton Weaver and the American City: The Life of an Urban Reformer,” a biography of the first African-American cabinet member in the federal government and first secretary of housing and urban development.
Media contact: Jeanne Leong at 215-573-8151 or jleong@upenn.edu