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Tasha Philpot

Associate Professor Ph.D., Political Science, University of Michigan

Associate Professor of Government
Tasha Philpot

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Biography

Tasha Philpot is an Associate Professor of Government  at the University of Texas at Austin.  She is also affiliated with the Center for African and African American Studies and the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies.   She received her B.A. from Marquette University, her M.P.P. from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan. Professor Philpot specializes in American Politics.   Her particular interests are in African-American Politics, Political Psychology, Public Opinion and Political Behavior, Political Communication, and Political Parties. Her work has been published in The American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Black Studies, PS: Political Science and Politics, Political Behavior, Public Opinion Quarterly, National Political Science Review, and the Journal of Politics. In addition, she is the author of Race, Republicans, and the Return of the Party of Lincoln (2007, University of Michigan Press), which examines the circumstances under which political parties can use racial symbols to reshape their images among the electorate and the co-editor of African-American Political Psychology: Identity, Opinion, and Action in the Post-Civil Rights Era (2010, with Ismail K. White, Palgrave Macmillan Press).

Interests

African-American Politics, Political Psychology, Public Opinion and Political Behavior, Political Communication, and Political Parties

AFR 374D • African American Politics

30750 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 800am-930am PAR 204
(also listed as GOV 370K )
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Description

 

This course focuses upon the evolution, nature, and role of African-American politics within the American Political System. The concern is with African Americans as actors, creators and initiators in the political process. Specifically, this course will examine various political controversies that surround the role of race in American society and how these controversies affect public opinion, political institutions, political behavior, and salient public policy debates. This course will assess and evaluate the contemporary influence of race in each of these domains while also exploring their historical antecedents.

 

This course carries the flag for Cultural Diversity in the United States. Cultural Diversity courses are designed to increase your familiarity with the variety and richness of the American cultural experience. You should therefore expect a substantial portion of your grade to come from assignments covering the practices, beliefs, and histories of at least one U.S. cultural group that has experienced persistent marginalization.

 

Prerequisites

 

Six semester hours of lower-division coursework in government.

 

Required Text Books

 

There are two required text books for this course, which are available at the University Co-op:

 

Walton, Hanes, Jr. and Robert C. Smith. 2012.  American Politics and the African American Quest for Universal Freedom. 6th  Edition. New York: Addison Wesley Longman.

 

Philpot, Tasha S., and Ismail K. White, eds. 2010. African-American Political Psychology: Identity, Opinion, and Action in the Post-Civil Rights Era. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

 

Grading

 

Exam 1                                                25%

Term Paper                                          25%

Exam 2                                                25%

Quizzes and in-class assignments       25%

 

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AFR 374D • African American Politics

30366 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 930am-1100am MEZ 1.202
(also listed as GOV 370K )
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Prerequisites

Six semester hours of lower-division coursework in government.

 

Course Description

This course focuses upon the evolution, nature, and role of African-American politics within the American Political System. The concern is with African Americans as actors, creators and initiators in the political process. Specifically, this course will examine various political controversies that surround the role of race in American society and how these controversies affect public opinion, political institutions, political behavior, and salient public policy debates. This course will assess and evaluate the contemporary influence of race in each of these domains while also exploring their historical antecedents.

This course carries the flag for Cultural Diversity in the United States. Cultural Diversity courses are designed to increase your familiarity with the variety and richness of the American cultural experience. You should therefore expect a substantial portion of your grade to come from assignments covering the practices, beliefs, and histories of at least one U.S. cultural group that has experienced persistent marginalization.

 

  

Required Text Books

There are two required text books for this course, which are available at the University Co-op:

 Walton, Hanes, Jr. and Robert C. Smith. 2010.  American Politics and the African American Quest for Universal Freedom. 5th  Edition. New York: Addison Wesley Longman.

 Philpot, Tasha S., and Ismail K. White, eds. 2010. African-American Political Psychology: Identity, Opinion, and Action in the Post-Civil Rights Era. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

 

Supplementary Readings

Readings not found in the required texts can be accessed through Blackboard (courses.utexas.edu).

 

Grading Policy

Your grade will be based on two exams (25% each), one 10-page paper (25%), and several pop quizzes/in-class assignments (25%). The format for the two exams will be a combination of short answer and essays and will cover the lectures, films, and readings. Exams will NOT be cumulative.  Quizzes will be given at random and at any time during lecture. Frequently, I give quizzes at the beginning of class so be on time.  If you miss a quiz because of tardiness, you CANNOT make it up.  Each quiz/in-class assignment will be worth 5 points each. You will receive one point for just handing in a quiz/in-class assignment. Credit for the remaining 4 points is determined by the quality of your work. Your quiz/in-class assignment grade will be calculated by taking the total number of points that you have earned divided by the total number of points available minus one quiz. In other words, each student can miss one quiz without it counting against his/her grade.  Your quiz grade is a weighted average, with a maximum of 25 points.  In the case of a conflict, please notify me ahead of time so that we can make alternative arrangements. Without prior notification and proper documentation, missed quizzes, assignments and exams cannot be made up. NO EXCEPTIONS.

 

AFR 374D • African American Politics

30427 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 930am-1100am WAG 208
(also listed as GOV 370K )
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This course focuses upon the evolution, nature, and role of African-American politics within the American Political System. The concern is with African Americans as actors, creators and initiators in the political process. Specifically, this course will examine various political controversies that surround the role of race in American society and how these controversies affect public opinion, political institutions, political behavior, and salient public policy debates. This course will assess and evaluate the contemporary influence of race in each of these domains while also exploring their historical antecedents.

AFR 374D • African American Politics

30230 • Fall 2011
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm PAR 101
(also listed as GOV 370K )
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This course focuses upon the evolution, nature, and role of African-American politics within the American Political System. The concern is with African Americans as actors, creators and initiators in the political process. Specifically, this course will examine various political controversies that surround the role of race in American society and how these controversies affect public opinion, political institutions, political behavior, and salient public policy debates. This course will assess and evaluate the contemporary influence of race in each of these domains while also exploring their historical antecedents.

AFR 374D • African American Politics

35315 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm BAT 5.102
(also listed as GOV 370K )
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Course Description: This course focuses upon the evolution, nature, and role of African-American politics within the American Political System. The concern is with African Americans as actors, creators and initiators in the political process. Specifically, this course will examine various political controversies that surround the role of race in American society and how these controversies affect public opinion, political institutions, political behavior, and salient public policy debates. This course will assess and evaluate the contemporary influence of race in each of these domains while also exploring their historical antecedents.

Grading Policy: TBD


Textbooks:  TBD

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