Naomi Murakawa to Join Faculty at CAAS
The Center for African American Studies (CAAS) at Princeton University is pleased to announce Naomi Murakawa will be joining its faculty as an associate professor of African American studies.
Murakawa, previously an assistant professor of political science at the University of Washington, specializes in American politics with an emphasis on racial and gender politics, public policy, and American political development.
"We are delighted to have Naomi join the CAAS faculty. Her scholarship on the emergence and continued expansion of the carceral state in the US is simply pathbreaking. She brings to Princeton and to the center her stunning intellect, her passion for teaching, and her commitment to a more just world. Again, we are overjoyed that she has decided to join our table,” said Eddie S. Glaude, William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies, and Chair of the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University.
The author of numerous journal articles, Murakawa's forthcoming book is entitled, The First Civil Right: Racial Liberalism and the Rise of Prison America (Oxford University Press). The First Civil Right investigates the development of America’s racially distinctive punishment expansion. Her teaching interests include American racial formation, feminist politics, and the politics of crime and punishment. Her recent course offerings have included: POL 202: Introduction to American Politics; POL 317: The Politics of Race and Ethnicity in the United States; POL 550 American Politics; POL 556: American Political Development; and POL 570: The American Racial State.
“I am honored and humbled to join the brilliant scholars at the Center for African American Studies,” said Murakawa. “The vibrant, interdisciplinary unit is an ideal place to research the complex political history of prisons in America, and I am thrilled to engage Princeton students in a conversation about the persistence of inequality in post-civil rights America.”
Murakawa received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University in 2005. Her dissertation entitled “Electing to Punish: Congress, Race, and the American Criminal Justice State” was awarded: departmental distinction from Yale University (2005); best dissertation prize from the Law and Society Association (2006); and best dissertation award from the Race, Ethnicity and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association (2006).
Murakawa will be the second professor at the center with a full appointment; Imani Perry holding the other full faculty appointment. Along with Murakawa and Perry, the center has 11 additional jointly appointed faculty members, as well as associated and affiliated faculty members who also teach African American studies courses or cross-listed courses.
Launched in the fall of 2006, CAAS expands upon the initiatives begun by the Program in African American Studies at Princeton University. Since its founding in 1969, African American studies at Princeton University has offered an interdisciplinary certificate that allows students to draw on the insights and techniques of various disciplines in an effort to understand the experiences, history and culture of African-descended people. Understanding that African American studies is interdisciplinary and multifaceted, and that questions and concerns about race are at the center of a liberal arts education, the center offers a variety of courses, lectures and research opportunities to more fully enrich the intellectual lives of students, faculty and members of the larger community. The center also offers a graduate certificate to doctoral students from across the University, and opportunities to work with faculty in African American studies.