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Michael Hanchard

Professor of Africana Studies

Department Chair

Michael Hanchard is a Professor of Africana Studies. A scholar of comparative politics specializing in nationalism, social movements, racial hierarachy, and citizenship.

Hanchard taught previously ay Northwestern University, where he was a professor of political science and African American studies as well as director of the school's institute for Diasporic Studies. His books include Orpheus and Power: Afro-Brazilian Social Movements in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil, 1945-1988 (1994) and Party/Politics: Horizons in Black Political Thought (2006).

Hanchard has done fieldwork in Brazil, the United Kingdom, Cuba, Colombia, Ghana, Italy, and Jamaica, and has been the recipient of grants from the Ford, MacArthur, and Mellon foundations as well as the National Endowment for the Humanities. Professor Hanchard holds a BA in International Relations from Tufts University, an MA from the New School for Social Research, and a political science Ph.D. from Princeton University.

Research Interests

  • Comparative Politics (Nationalism, Race and Ethnicity, Social Movements, Political Culture)
  • Africana Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Political Theory (Citizenship, Comparative Political Theory)