Moon-Kie Jung, "The U.S. Empire-State and the Strange Career of Dred Scott"

This talk proposes to reconceptualize the United States as an empire-state, drawing evidence from constitutional law of the long nineteenth century. Descriptively more apt, the approach provides a firmer basis for understanding the United States as a racial state and a framework for analyzing the different but linked histories of racial subjection, including those of Asians/Asian Americans, Blacks, Latina/os, Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders.

This event is part of a year-long series of talks and workshops entitled “Critical Sociologies of Race and Empire,” developed by a group of faculty and students in Sociology and American Studies. This series will explore new sociological work on race and empire from critical perspectives such as postcolonial and Du Boisian sociology.

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About Moon-Kie Jung

 Moon-Kie Jung teaches sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is the author of Beneath the Surface of White Supremacy: Denaturalizing U.S. Racisms Past and Present (Stanford, 2015) and Reworking Race: The Making of Hawaii's Interracial Labor Movement (Columbia, 2006) and co-editor, with João H. Costa Vargas and Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, of State of White Supremacy: Racism, Governance, and the United States (Stanford, 2011).