Michael C. Dawson, the John D. MacArthur Professor of Race, Diaspora, and Indigeneity Studies and professor of political science at the University of Chicago, received the Charles E. Merriam Award from the American Political Science Association. The award is given to a person whose published work and career represent a significant contribution to the art of government through the application of social science research.
The citation for the award states that “Professor Dawson’s pathbreaking research includes signal analyses of U.S. government. As co-founder and longtime editor of the DuBois Review, Professor Dawson has vitally helped expand social science contributions to understanding the intricate interplay of race and governance, in both the U.S. and comparative government contexts.”
Dawson joined the University of Chicago faculty in 1992. He taught at Harvard from 2002 to 2005 before returning to the University of Chicago. Professor Dawson, who holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University, is the author of Behind the Mule: Race and Class in African-American Politics (Princeton University Press, 1994), Black Visions: The Roots of Contemporary African-American Political Ideologies (University of Chicago Press, 2001) and Not in Our Lifetimes: The Future of Black Politics (University of Chicago Press, 2011).