Tony Affigne


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Howley Hall 316


Ph.D. - Brown University

Brief Biography:

Professor Tony Affigne teaches several of Providence College’s most innovative and thought-provoking classes, including Race and Politics in the Americas, Political Thought in Science Fiction, and The Politics of Climate Change. His published research includes U.S. electoral politics, Black and Latino studies, and environmental politics. A thirty-year member of the American Political Science Association, Dr. Affigne co-founded APSA’s Race, Ethnicity, and Politics section in 1995, and its Latino Caucus in 1998. In 2011 he was honored with the Frank J. Goodnow Award, the American political science discipline's highest award for distinguished service to the profession.

Area(s) of Expertise:

Dr. Affigne is past chair of the Providence College Political Science Department, and was the founding director of the college's Program in Black Studies. He is a frequent guest discussing local and national politics, on southern New England's NBC, ABC, and PBS television news stations, and for public radio. His recent public service includes the state Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) and the Providence Ethics Commission. As a member of CRMC's Ocean Subcommittee, Affigne voted to issue final permits, authorizing the nation's first-ever offshore wind farm.

Selected Publications:

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

Avalos, M. Affigne, T. (2014) "Latino Politics and Power in the Twenty-First Century", in Tony Affigne, Evelyn Hu-DeHart, and Marion Orr, Eds. 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. Hu-DeHart, E. Orr, M. (2014) Latino Politics en Ciencia Política: The Search for Latino Identity and Racial Consciousness. New York: NYU Press.

Hu-Dehart, E. Garcia, M. Coll, C. Itzigsohn, J. Orr, M. Affigne, T. Elorza, J. (2009) Latino National Survey (LNS)–New England. ICPSR24502-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor].06–04.

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) "Black Voters and Urban Regime: The Case of Atlanta", in James Jennings, Ed. (Haymarket Series). Race and Politics: New Challenges and Responses for Black Activism.

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

Selected Presentations:

Affigne, T. “From the Rio Grande to the Susquehanna: Latino Emergence and the Enrichment of American Politics” . Keynote Lecture at the Bucknell University Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender, Lewisburg, PA - "" 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. Brintnall, M. Pinderhughes, D. "Political Science in the United States: Notes on the Discipline". Presented at the International Political Science Association, Conference on International Political Science: New Theoretical and Regional Perspectives, Montreal, Canada - "" April, 2008

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

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

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

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