Mark Sawyer: Race And The Obama Campaign

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Mark Q. Sawyer

UCLA professor Mark Q. Sawyer was honored by the National Conference of Black Political Scientists for his work on racial politics in post-revolutionary Cuba. UCLA hide caption

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Political scientist and author Mark Q. Sawyer runs the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Politics at UCLA, where he's taught courses on African-American political thought, contemporary urban governance in the U.S. and the politics of the African diaspora.

He's an expert as well on the intersection between race and gender in Caribbean politics, and has studied the impact of race relations on democratic transition efforts in Cuba.

Sawyer talks to Terry Gross about how Barack Obama's campaign is addressing issues touching on race and ethnicity.



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