Elizabeth F. Cohen
Elizabeth F. Cohen, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, received a Ph.D. from Yale University. Her research interests focus on contemporary political theory, citizenship studies, and the politics of immigration. Her book, Semi-Citizenship in Democratic Politics (November 2009, Cambridge University Press), analyzes divisions in types of formal citizenship and the ways in which both citizens and states exploit these divisions. Her articles and essays address children's citizenship, immigration, asylum, migration policy, gay marriage, the civil disabilities of felons and ex-felons, and citizenship in the European Union.
The Politics of Minority Rights
This course explores contemporary political debates about minority identities with a focus on their incorporation into public politics. We will examine theories of how identities come to exist and how identity shapes and is shaped by the agenda of contemporary democratic politics. This will enable students to critically consider the place of race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, and foreignness in specific public policies. Policies covered include recent same-sex ballot initiatives (e.g. Proposition 8 in California), comprehensive immigration reform, wage equality, and affirmative action. Discussions will refer to primary resource policy documents as well as literary texts, film, public discourse, and images from popular and commercial culture.