North America Experts
Deputy Managing Editor, The Atlantic
Member of the Quebec National Assembly and Minister Responsible for Canadian Intergovernmental Affairs
Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, Canada
Professor of History, University of North Carolina
I was born in the segregated South, and I grew up with race as a fact of life. I was a first-year law student when I first encountered the notion that race was a social construction. Fascinated by this idea, I abandoned law school and enrolled in graduate school in history. A chance encounter with a state historic site, the early nineteenth-century house of a Cherokee planter in Georgia, revealed...
Understanding Government, American University
ExperienceFounding editor in chief of The Washington Monthly, former director of evaluation, U.S. Peace Corps
Professor of Political Science, Professor of Afro-American Studies and Research, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
I was born in Washington, D.C. in 1947, the elder daughter of Rosa T. and D. James Pinderhughes, Jr. My mother and her mother were also born in Washington, while my father was born in East Providence, RI. My father, the first born Pinderhughes, fought in WWII and worked in the Post Office. My mother was first a housewife and later a teacher's aide in the Washington, D.C. schools. In Washington, D....
Law Clerk, International Court of Justice in the Hague, Netherlands; Barrister and Solicitor, Ontario Bar
Associate Professor, Department of History, State University of New York at Buffalo
As a graduate student in history at Columbia University, my primary focus was 20th century U.S. urban history. I came into that field partly out of a love for cities, but also because I wanted to understand how Americans have made decisions about building social infrastructure—both in terms of design and levels of funding. In essence, I wondered why in the U.S. it was so hard to do coherent...
Associate Professor of Political Science, University of California-Riverside
Karthick Ramakrishnan is associate professor of political science at the University of California, Riverside. His research focuses on civic participation, immigration policy, and the politics of race, ethnicity, and immigration in the United States. He is project director of the National Asian American Survey, which conducted the first national opinion survey of Asian Americans in 2008, and will c...