Tuesday, May 10, 2016
We are pleased to present our May issue of the LSE US Centre Newsletter

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Upcoming US Centre events 
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Race, Reform and the New Retrenchment:
the perils of post-racialism after Obama

Date: Wednesday, May 11th 2016

Heightening tensions in the US over police killings of black people have undermined confidence that the election of Barack Obama signaled a new era on race relations in the US. The more lasting legacy may be the one championed by late Justice Scalia whose legal philosophy currently underwrites the central tensions in equality law in the United States. Through a Critical Race Theory prism, Professor Crenshaw will discuss Black Lives Matter and Say Her Name as challenges to contemporary jurisprudence on race, and assess the new openings presented by current events.   

Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw is Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California Los Angeles and the Columbia School of Law.

You can watch a livestream of the event here, which will start at 6:30PM GMT on May 11. 

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Centre Highlights

News from US Centre People 

Centre Affiliated Academic, Professor Matthew Jones, spoke at the Center for International Security and Cooperation in Stanford University on ‘Expensive, prone to obsolescence, and lacking in credibility as a deterrent’: US attitudes to the UK’s independent nuclear capabilities, and McNamara’s Ann Arbor speech of June 1962 revisited.

US Centre Director Peter Trubowitz spoke to CNN, US News and Newsweek Europe on Donald Trump’s recent foreign policy speech and what we may be able to expect from the campaign in the next few months.
New from the Ballpark Media Hub

The Ballpark is the LSE US Centre’s media centre encompassing our podcast and US election explainer videos. Follow the Ballpark on Twitter and take a look at all our episodes and extra innings segments here.  

The US Elections Explained: The Two Party System

Dr Nick Anstead discusses the history, evolution and the potential future of the two party system in American politics.

Watch it here

The US Elections Explained: The Nomination Process

Dr Derek Valles discusses how the American political primary and presidential nomination systems work, and their history.

Watch it here

Episode 3: Power, Person, People: US Foreign Policy

In this podcast, we take a look at contemporary theories around American power and the factors that influence US foreign policy.

Take a listen

Extra Innings: Why 'The Ballpark'?

You might be wondering, “Why is this podcast called ‘The Ballpark’?” Baseball fan and political economist, Derek Valles, talks about the overlaps and intersections of baseball and politics.

Take a listen
Most popular posts on the US Centre blog

The Centre's USAPP blog posts at least two articles every weekday, American politics blog round ups every Friday and Saturday, and academic book reviews on Sundays.

Politics in church may hurt religion, but it helps churches.

Andre P. Audette and Christopher L. Weaver write that some churches have attempted to address declining attendance by becoming more politically active in order to attract more people from the declining pool of the religious. Using survey data, they find that churches which engaged in more political activities tended to attract larger congregations, something they attribute to the greater likelihood that political partisans will ‘shop around’ when deciding which church to regularly attend. 

How the culture wars are driving political polarization

While there has been increasing comment and concern over the apparent polarization of the American electorate, recent research on culture and politics largely denies the existence of such polarization. In new research which focuses on Americans’ ideological identities, Duane F. Alwin and Paula A. Tufiş find that voters have indeed become polarized over time, and that their political identities are increasingly informed by cultural, rather than class or economic factors.

Providing assistance to incarcerated fathers who have child support obligations can help their post-release community reintegration.

Among the growing discussions about race, justice, inequality and incarceration there has been a greater concern over the financial obligations placed on those who are convicted of crimes. In new research, Caterina G. Roman and Nathan W. Link examine the effects of ongoing child support payments on incarcerated fathers after their release, finding that less than a third had their payments changed whilst in prison, and that over 90 percent had payments in arrears after release. They argue that the multiple social services involved with incarcerated fathers both pre and post imprisonment need to provide more coordinated support so that child support orders do not become unwieldy, burdensome arrears.

The LSE's United States Centre is a hub for global expertise, analysis and commentary on America. Its mission is to promote policy-relevant and internationally-oriented scholarship to meet the growing demand for fresh analysis and critical debate on the United States.
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