I spend a bit of time out and about giving talks/lectures on diverse topics. Here are some of the videos and recordings of those activities.
The Politics of Contention: Repression, Protest and the Problems of Democracy in the United States and the United Kingdom
Professor Christian Davenport, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Michigan
Professor Erica Chenoweth, Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School
Trevor Phillips OBE, Partner, WebberPhillips; Head, Commission for Racial Equality (2003); Chairman, Commission for Equality and Human Rights (2006-12)
Chair: Dr Leslie Vinjamuri, Director, US and the Americas Programme, Chatham House
"Polarization and Contentious Politics in the Age of Covid". Center for the Advancement of the Behavioral Sciences and the Carnegie Endowment. July, 2020.
"What Defund the Police Really Means". Vox Media: June, 2020.
"When Governments Kill People - Repression, Policing and... Peace?" Ask a Political Scientist: June, 2020.
"How Political Conflict and Participation Address Issues of Inequality". Michigan Minds, University of Michigan: June, 2020.
"Race and the Criminal Justice System: Where Do We Go From Here?" Stanford University forum
with Hakeem Jefferson, Vesla Weaver, Megan Ming Francis, Jenn Jackson, Ayobami Laniyonu, Laurel Eckhouse, Allison Harris, Jonathan Mummolo and Ariel White (all incredible)
"COVID-19 Global Impacts: Domestic Unrest - America at War with Itself". UC San Diego: May, 2020.
with Barbara Walter, Erica Chenoweth, Jesse Driscoll and Joe Young
"The New Bethel Incident! A 50 Year Anniversary of State Repression Directed Against the Republic of New Africa." The Charles Wright Museum.
In a recent event at the Charles Wright Museum in Detroit, I talked about the New Bethel Incident (a shooting, raid, mass arrest and interrogation of individuals affiliated with the black nationalist group - the Republic of New Africa) as well as how I came to study it. It was interesting to move back through the relevant events as they were central to my last book: "How Social Movements Die: Repression and Demobilization of the Republic of New Africa."
Where Conflict Studies needs to go next!
In 2016, I gave a talk to the National Science Foundation entitled "Conflict Studies 2.0: Where Research on Political Conflict and Violence Goes Next". Abstract: Ordinary citizens, activists, policy makers and researchers, have been trying to understand the causes, dynamics and termination of political conflict and violence for hundreds of years. Beginning in the 1960s/1970s, focused largely on diverse macro characteristics (e.g., national level characteristics like democracy and economic development),this effort increased significantly in number, scope and sophistication - spanning through the 1990s. Beginning in the late 1990s and up to the present, conflict studies changed significantly, moving deeper into the meso (e.g., organizational characteristics like ideological orientation or organizational structure) and micro levels (e.g., individual level characteristics like self perceived identity, beliefs or emotions). Such a transformation has fundamentally challenged prior understandings but at the same time it has also brought forth numerous limitations as well that must be addressed as it moves forward.
Gave talk on studying Indian Untouchability employing techniques from the social sciences as well as humanities at the Penn Humanities Forum at the University of Pennsylvania. For talk click here.
Here are a variety of different talks that I have given over time: link