Tony Affigne MPA PhD


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Howley Hall 316


Ph.D. - Brown University

Brief Biography

Professor Affigne is known for innovative, thought-provoking classes, such as Race and Politics in the Americas, Political Thought in Science Fiction, and Politics of Climate Change. He is a political science author and editor, and in 2011 was honored with the Frank J. Goodnow Award, the American political science profession's highest recognition for service to the discipline. Affigne has been a member of several public commissions, with recent service on the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) and the Providence Ethics Commission.

Area(s) of Expertise:

Professor Affigne is past chair of the Providence College Political Science Department, and was founding director of the college's Program in Black Studies. He has published research on U.S. electoral politics, Black and Latino studies, and environmental politics, and is a frequent guest on southern New England's NBC, ABC, and PBS television news, Rhode Island Public Radio, and Latino Public Radio. Affigne currently serves as Book Review Editor for the international Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics (Cambridge).

Awards and Honors:

Frank J. Goodnow Award for Distinguished Service to the Political Science Profession American Political Science Association Career Award (2011)

Praxis Award for Synthesis of Theory and Practice Organized Section on Ecological and Transformational Politics (APSA 2004)

Founder's Award for Leadership in the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Organized Section on Race, Ethnicity, and Politics (APSA 1997)

Selected Publications:

Gonzalez, L. Affigne, T. (2016) "'A Force to Be Reckoned With': Rethinking Latina Leadership and Power". Latinas in American Politics: Changing and Embracing Political Tradition.

Avalos, M. Affigne, T. (2014) "Latino Politics and Power in the Twenty-First Century". Latino Politics en Ciencia Política: The Search for Latino Identity and Racial Consciousness.

Affigne, T. (2014) "Minority majority America and the ghost of Woodrow Wilson". Politics, Groups, and Identities.(2), 481-490.

Affigne, T. (2014) "The Latino Voice in Political Analysis, 1970–2014". Latino Politics en Ciencia Política: The Search for Latino Identity and Racial Consciousness.

Affigne, T. Hu-DeHart, E. Orr, M. (2014) Latino Politics en Ciencia Política: The Search for Latino Identity and Racial Consciousness. New York: NYU Press

Affigne, T. Lien, P. (2002) "Peoples of Asian descent in the Americas: Theoretical implications of race and politics". Amerasia Journal.(28), 1–27.

Affigne, T. (2000) "Latino Politics in the United States: An Introduction". PS-Political Science and Politics.(33), 523–528.

Affigne, T. (1997) In James Jennings (Ed.), "Black Voters and Urban Regime: The Case of Atlanta". James Jennings, Ed. London: Verso Books

Affigne, T. (1990) In Wolfgang Rüdig (Ed.), "Environmental Crisis, Green Party Power: Chernobyl and the Swedish Greens.

Selected Presentations:

Affigne, T. “From the Rio Grande to the Susquehanna: Latino Emergence and the Enrichment of American Politics” . Lecture at Bucknell University Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender, Lewisburg, PA - "" November, 2016

Affigne, T. "Building a Wall, or Digging a Hole?—Donald Trump and the Latino Electorate". Lecture sponsored by the Latino Studies Program at Tufts University, Medford MA, - "" November, 2016

Affigne, T. "Racial Exclusion and Empowerment in Political Science". Pi Sigma Alpha Annual Lecture, at the University of California, Santa Barbara CA, - "" April, 2016

Affigne, T. "Latino Politics, White Supremacy, and the New South". Keynote Lecture for the Conference on Reimagining the 'New South', Transforming Political Discourses, at Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, NC - "" April, 2015

Affigne, T. "45 Years: A Retrospective on NCOBPS and the Work of William E. 'Nick' Nelson, Jr.". National Conference of Black Political Scientists Annual Meeting, Wilmington, Delaware - "" March, 2014

Affigne, T. "The Latino Emergence in New England: Cultural Crisis, Political Opportunity, or Both?". Lecture sponsored by the Latin American and Latino Studies Program, Roger Williams University, Bristol RI, - "" April, 2012

Affigne, T. "Notes from the Field: Latino Political Power in the Rhode Island Elections of 2010". Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX - "" April, 2011

Affigne, T. "¿Quiénes somos? Una breve retrato contemporáneo de la comunidad latina en los Estados Unidos y en el Estado de Rhode Island". Lecture for the Latina Leadership Institute, Providence RI, - "" March, 2010

Affigne, T. "Latino Politics and Power: Race, Diversity, and Transformation in U.S. politics". Lecture sponsored by the Department of African American Studies, Syracuse University, Syracuse NY, - "" February, 2010

Affigne, T. Brintnall, M. Pinderhughes, D. "Political Science in the United States: Notes on the Discipline". International Political Science Association, Conference on International Political Science: New Theoretical and Regional Perspectives, Montreal, Canada - "" April, 2008

Affigne, T. "Negrura en Política: The Politics of Blackness in Latino Communities". American Political Science Association, Chicago IL, - "" September, 2007

Affigne, T. "Latino Politics and Political Change in the U.S. Elections". Lecture at the Institute for Politics, Queens University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, - "" December, 2006

Affigne, T. "Racial regimes and ecological power in the Americas". Lecture at the Bowdoin College Symposium on Race, Justice, and the Environment, with Wangari Maathai and John Rensenbrink, Brunswick ME, - "" February, 2002

Affigne, T. "A New Century in Latino Politics: Finding Our Voice in the Year 2000". Lecture sponsored by the Metropolitan Research and Policy Institute, University of Texas, San Antonio TX, - "" October, 2000

Affigne, T. Avalos, M. Jackson, N. Lien, P. "Latino Politics in the United States: Building a Race-Conscious, Gendered and Historical Analysis". American Political Science Association, Atlanta, GA - "" September, 1999

Affigne, T. Lien, P. "Racial Categories, Social Stratification, and Political Participation: The Asian Perspective on Race and Politics in the Amercas". Western Political Science Association, Los Angeles CA, - "" March, 1998

Affigne, T. Avalos, M. Alfred, T. "Race and Politics in the Americas: The Continuing Search for Theoretical Foundations". American Political Science Association, New York, NY - "" September, 1994

Affigne, T. Tate, K. "The Limits of Urban Democracy: Voter Turnout, Politics and Race in U.S. Cities". American Political Science Association, Washington, DC - "" September, 1993

Affigne, T. "Race, Class, and Voter Turnout". Center for American Political Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge MA, - "" January, 1993

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