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Juliet Hooker

Associate Professor Ph.D., Cornell University

Associate Professor of Government and of African and African Diaspora Studies
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Biography

Juliet Hooker is Associate Professor of Government and of African and African Diaspora Studies. She is a political theorist specializing in comparative political theory and critical race theory. Her primary research interests include black political thought, Latin American political thought, political solidarity, and multiculturalism; she has also published on indigenous and Afro-descendant politics and multicultural rights in Latin America. She is the author of Race and the Politics of Solidarity (Oxford University Press, 2009), and is currently working on a book project comparing the accounts of race formulated by prominent nineteenth and twentieth-century U.S. African-American and Latin American political thinkers, tentatively entitled Hybrid Traditions. Her articles have appeared in journals such as Politics, Groups and Identities, Souls, Journal of Latin American Studies, and Latin American Research Review.  

Professor Hooker is currently serving as co-Chair of the American Political Science Association’s Presidential Task Force on Racial and Social Class Inequalities in the Americas. From 2009 to 2014 she served as Associate Director of the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) at UT-Austin. She received the Lucia, John, and Melissa Gilbert Award for Teaching Excellence in Women's and Gender Studies in 2008, and has held visiting fellowships at the Du Bois Institute for African American Research at Harvard University and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame. 

Interests

Black Political Thought; Latin American Political Thought; Political Solidarity; Theories of Multiculturalism; Black Politics in Latin America

AFR 381 • Freedom: Douglass/Dubois/Davis

30863 • Spring 2014
Meets T 330pm-630pm BAT 5.102
(also listed as GOV 382M )
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 Prerequisites

NONE

 Course Description

Freedom is one of the central concepts in Western political thought; understandably, it has also been a key preoccupation for African-American thinkers.  This course will examine the concepts of freedom articulated in the work of Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. DuBois, and Angela Davis, particularly in light of the relationship between freedom, emancipation, and slavery.  In addition, the conceptions of freedom put forward by Douglass, DuBois, and Davis will be contrasted with those in the canon of Western political thought and those put forward by Latin American political thinkers such as the Afro-Brazilian intellectual Adbias do Nascimento.

 

Grading Policy

Students will write two short (2 page, single spaced) critical response essays about the readings and one longer final paper (10-15 pages).  Final grades will be assessed based on the two critical response essays (17% each for a total of 34%), the final essay (34%), an in class presentation (16%), and class participation (16%).

 

Texts

Frederick Douglass, “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?”

_____ The Heroic Slave

_____ My Bondage and My Freedom

 

W. E. B. DuBois, The Souls of Black Folks

_____ Dusk of Dawn: An Essay toward an Autobiography of a Concept of Race

_____ Dark Princess

 

Angela Davis, Women, Race, and Class (Vintage, 1983).

_____ Abolition Democracy: Beyond Empire, Prisons, and Torture/Interviews with Angela Y. Davis (New York: Seven Stories Press, 2005).

_____ Lectures on Liberation (Los Angeles: National United Committee to Free Angela Davis)

AFR 386 • Us Afr-Am/Lat Am Polit Thought

30438 • Fall 2012
Meets T 330pm-630pm BAT 1.104
(also listed as GOV 382M, LAS 384L )
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Despite the current trend towards the study of comparative political theory, the work of Latin American political thinkers, which has been tremendously influential in their own region, remains marginal to the canon of Western political thought. Likewise, the work of U.S. African-American political thinkers is an important yet often overlooked strand of [U.S.] American political thought. This course is an an introduction to the history of these two traditions, and a comparative effort to understand the main thematics in each and the similarities and differences between them. It examines the answers U.S. African-American and Latin American thinkers have given to some of the fundamental preoccupations of political theory, as well as to other questions that have sometimes been viewed as marginal, such as: What is justice? What is freedom? What are the conditions of possibility for democratic politics? How should we theorize race? How should we conceive racial identity? What form should anti-racist politics take? The course will introduce students to some of the most influential figures in U.S. African-American and Latin American political thought, including: Domingo F. Sarmiento, José Martí, José Vasconcelos, Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. DuBois, as well as to contemporary thinkers and debates about racial justice and black, latino, and indigenous politics in the U.S. and Latin America. The aim of the course is to identify the contours and substantive problematics of U.S. African-American and Latin American political thought, particularly as they relate to questions of racial justice. 

AFR S374E • Afro-Caribbean Pol/Cul-Nic

81770 • Summer 2012
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(also listed as GOV S365N, WGS S340 )
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STUDY ABROAD COURSE

Course Description

This course will examine the politics of race, culture, nation, and political mobilization among Afro-Caribbean communities on Central America’s Caribbean Coast. It will discuss the historical process by which these communities were formed in the region during the colonial era, different periods of labor migration, the emergence of anti-Black mestizo nationalism, and contemporary struggles for racial justice. Students will learn how Afro-Caribbean populations have drawn from their Caribbean roots to navigate and resist persistent patterns of racial, gender, and economic inequality and have challenged the racially defined limits of citizenship and national belonging within mestizo nation-states. The course will provide students with a foundation for understanding larger racial formation patterns in Central America and ground this analysis in historical and ethnographic studies of Afro-Caribbean populations in Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, and Belize.

AFR 383 • Afr-Am & Latin Am Pol Thought

30600 • Spring 2012
Meets T 330pm-630pm BAT 1.104
(also listed as GOV 382M, LAS 381 )
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Despite the current trend towards the study of comparative political theory, the work of Latin American political thinkers, which has been tremendously influential in their own region, remains marginal to the canon of Western political thought. Likewise, the work of U.S. African-American political thinkers is an important yet often overlooked strand of [U.S.] American political thought. This course is an an introduction to the history of these two traditions, and a comparative effort to understand the main thematics in each and the similarities and differences between them. It examines the answers U.S. African-American and Latin American thinkers have given to some of the fundamental preoccupations of political theory, as well as to other questions that have sometimes been viewed as marginal, such as: What is justice? What is freedom? What are the conditions of possibility for democratic politics? How should we theorize race? How should we conceive racial identity? What form should anti-racist politics take? The course will introduce students to some of the most influential figures in U.S. African-American and Latin American political thought, including: Domingo F. Sarmiento, José Martí, José Vasconcelos, Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. DuBois, as well as to contemporary thinkers and debates about racial justice and black, latino, and indigenous politics in the U.S. and Latin America. The aim of the course is to identify the contours and substantive problematics of U.S. African-American and Latin American political thought, particularly as they relate to questions of racial justice.

Publications

Hooker, Juliet. 2014. “Hybrid Subjectivities, Latin American Mestizaje, and Latino Political Thought on Race,” Politics, Groups, and Identities 2, 2 (2014): p. 188-201.

Hooker, Juliet. 2013. “Afro-descendants and Indigenous Rights,” Oxford Handbooks Online, Dec. 16, 2013.

Hooker, Juliet. 2012. “Negotiating Blackness within the Multicultural State: Creole Politics and Identity in Nicaragua,” in Kwame Dixon and John Burdick (eds.), Comparative Perspectives on Afro Latin America (Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2012), p. 264-281.

Hooker, Juliet. 2011. “Indigenous Rights in Latin America: How to Classify Afro-descendants?” in Will Kymlicka and Avigail Eisenberg (eds.), Identity Politics in the Public Realm: Bringing Institutions Back In (Vancouver, Canada: University of British Columbia Press, 2011), p. 104-136. 

Hooker, Juliet. 2010. “Race and the Space of Citizenship: the Mosquito Coast and the Place of Blackness and Indigeneity in Nicaragua,” in Lowell Gudmundson and Justin Wolfe (eds.), Blacks and Blackness in Central America: Between Race and Place (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2010), p. 246-277.

Hooker, Juliet. 2009. Race and the Politics of Solidarity (NY: Oxford University Press, 2009).    

Hooker, Juliet. 2008. “Afro-descendant Struggles for Collective Rights in Latin America,” Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society 10, no. 3 (July-September 2008): p. 279-291. 

Hooker, Juliet. 2005b. “‘Beloved Enemies’: Race and Official Mestizo Nationalism in Nicaragua,” Latin American Research Review 40, no. 3 (October 2005): p. 14-39.

Hooker, Juliet. 2005a. “Indigenous Inclusion/Black Exclusion: Race, Ethnicity, and Multicultural Citizenship in Latin America,” Journal of Latin American Studies 37, no. 2 (May 2005): p. 285-310.

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