If you’re at Law and Society in Mexico City, come by and see Luis Fuentes-Rowher, Joshua Sellers, and me talk about how this era of Trump fits in the larger legacy of voting rights in the United States. The room is 453 Danubio.
As I noted last week, I joined NCCU Law Professors Irving Joyner and April Dawson for a discussion of the history and future of voting rights on the Legal Eagle Review radio show on WNCU. The show aired this past Sunday night. In case you missed it because you were perhaps getting ready for the train wreck that was the Oscars, the podcast of the show is now up, and you can download or stream it here: http://www.wncu.org/podcasts/legal-eagle-review-podcast-0226/ .
This Sunday, February 26, at 7 PM ET, I will be the guest on the Legal Eagle Review radio show on WNCU-FM. I will be talking about the history of voting rights with NCCU Law Professors Irving Joyner and April G. Dawson. The discussion will emphasize the parallels between the past of racial voter suppression and the present, the impact of the Shelby County v. Holder decision on the enforcement of voting rights, and the possible futures for voting rights in the Trump era.
Tune in at 90.7 FM in the Durham, NC area or listen to the livestream here.
I will be on WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC viewing area) tonight at 7:00 PM on their news and discussion show “On The Record” I will be discussing recent controversies and American elections, including the recent comments by the President concerning the existence of illegal votes and other issues related to voter fraud. For those of you not in the area or who can’t watch the show live, the link to the broadcast is here.
As readers of the blog know, a main theme of my election law research considers the ramifications of the narrative of unproven voter fraud. My research on this is here, and my blogpost in the wake of the November election that discusses the ramifications of Trump’s use of the voter fraud meme is here. And expect more research and writing from me on this issue.
Spring Semester: Sabbatical!
For this post, I want to announce my latest endeavor—sabbatical!
I am on leave from the West Virginia University College of Law this semester, and though I’ve been traveling last month, I am now living Durham, NC for the rest of the semester.
Specifically, I am spending this semester as a visiting scholar at the Duke University School of Law. I will use this time to work on a number of projects, including
- starting a long-term project on the theory (-ies) regarding race conscious remedies in modern civil rights law and their interrelationship with American democracy;
- starting a project to amplify public engagement by law professors in this important time for issues of constitutional and civil rights law; and
- ramping up posts to this blog and my co-edited blog, Race Law Prof Blog.
I am appreciative to Duke Law, and in particular, Dean David Levi, Associate Dean for Faculty and Research Guy-Uriel Charles, Academic Affairs Assistant Elizabeth Brooks, and the staff of the Law School and the J. Michael Goodson Law Library for accommodating me.
My office is cozy but useful. And in case you’re worried that I’m off and about without supervision, know that I’ll be under the watchful eye of President Richard Nixon (or at least his portrait).
Summer & Fall: Conferences and A Visiting Professorship
As you can see, I’ll be busy in Durham this spring (when not watching basketball!). As publishable products from these projects emerge, I will share them here. And to the extent I have additional engagements on voting rights issues, race and the law issues, and other matters of general interest, I’ll share them here too. So, stay tuned.
One last note: planning for my summer and fall has already started. I’m looking ahead to several conferences this summer and fall (including the Law & Society International Meeting; the Southeastern Association of Law Schools 2017 annual meeting, and LatCrit 2017).
Most important—this fall of 2017 I will be the Boden Visiting Professor of Law at the Marquette University School of Law. This will offer further opportunities for public engagement and teaching that you may find interesting. More on this later.
I am presenting today and tomorrow at the twenty-second Mid-Atlantic People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference. It is being held at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC, and the theme of the conference is “Legal and Political Change During the Obama Era.”
Today at 2:00 PM, I commented on a work-in-progress by Professor Khaled Beyhoun of the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law. His work is entitled “Acting Muslim.” Professor Beyhoun already has a tremendous national and international profile as an expert commentator on Islamophobia, critical theory, and religious freedom. His work in progress promises to be a substantial contribution to the literature on the intersectional nature of racialized religious discrimination, and an important intellectual and litigation tool in the post-Obama era.
Tomorrow at 3:15 PM, I will be speaking on the fourth and final plenary panel of the conference, “Election 2016: Revelation sand Responses.” I will address what has become an extremely timely topic, “Voter Fraud as Nemesis: Fragility, Distortion, and the 2016 Election.” In this talk, I will discuss the President’s ongoing propaganda campaign asserting the existence of voter fraud by “illegal” voters (notwithstanding any evidence to support his claims) and its interrelationship with the identity politics of post-racialism. This, read through the larger dynamic of voter suppression illustrated by recent voter identification cases like NAACP v. McCrory and Veasey v. Abbott, illustrates a new era of racialized and class-focused political domination. Like others who have commented on Trump’s motives and the endgame of these voter fraud claims, e.g., Professor Erika Wilson’s commentary in yesterday’s Washington Post, I will draw out how this narrative serves to enable voter suppression. However, unlike other recent commentators, I will frame this discussion through the lens of meme theory (an approach I developed in my paper, The Meme of Voter Fraud), to further develop an account of the intersectional nature of this deployment of the voter fraud meme in the post-Shelby County era of voting rights recalibration.
Happy New Year, and welcome to the first Keeping Up With Atiba installment of 2017! This month I am presenting at two conferences, and I hope you will be able to join me.
This weekend I will be moderating the Minority Groups section’s panel, “Presidential Politics and the Future of the Supreme Court: Post-Election Reflections and Forecasts for the ‘Post-Racial’ Post-Obama White House” (Co-Sponsored by Constitutional Law & Election Law). This promises to be a lively and important discussion.
The 2016 presidential campaign has been characterized as one of the most contentious and surprising in history. This program explores how the landscape of presidential politics has uncovered deep divides among the American population. According to some, the gender, class, and racial representation of the presidential candidates added multidimensional complexity to the task of deciphering the contemporary effects of this divisiveness. The long battle to the White House has ignited heated national conversations on race, immigration, and counterterrorism policy, as well as debates on gun, voting, and reproductive rights. Moreover, Justice Scalia’s death at the height of the campaign season opened the door to an examination of the role of campaign and identity politics in the Supreme Court nomination process. Distinguished experts on race and the law, election law, national security, constitutional law, and immigration, among other areas, offer their reflections on the 2016 presidential election and the new administration, particularly Supreme Court nomination process and what we might expect (or hope for) under the new administration.
Saturday, January 7, 10:30 am – 12:15 pm
Hilton San Francisco Union Square
Continental Ballroom 6, Ballroom Level, Hilton
Jennifer M. Chacon, University of California, Irvine School of Law
Guy-Uriel E. Charles, Duke University School of Law
Bertrall Ross, University of California, Berkeley School of Law
Shirin Sinnar, Stanford Law School
Franita Tolson, Florida State University College of Law
For the second year in a row, I will participate in Washington and Lee University’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events. I will be part of a panel on voting rights entitled “The 2016 Presidential Election: Voting Rights in a ‘Post-Racial’/’Post-Civil Rights’ Era.”
Monday, January 16, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Millhiser Moot Courtroom, Washington and Lee University School of Law
Chris Seaman (Moderator), Associate Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University School of Law
Atiba Ellis, Professor of Law, West Virginia University College of Law
Luis Fuentes-Rohwer, Professor of Law and Harry T. Ice Faculty Fellow, Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Mark Rush, Director of International Education and Waxberg Professor of Politics and Law, Washington and Lee University School of Law
Later this month I will participate in this year’s MAPOC conference “Legal and Political Change During the Obama Era.” I will speak as part of the panel “Election 2016: Revelations and Responses” where I am looking forward to reflecting on the open, online class discussion I held at West Virginia University the day
after the the presidential
Saturday, January 28, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
The George Washington University Law School, Washington DC