From Politics in Question:

In this week’s episode of Politics In Question, Megan Ming Francis joins Julia, Lee, and James to discuss racism and the potential for political reform. Francis is a Visiting Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington. She specializes in the study of American politics, with broad interests in criminal punishment, black political activism, philanthropy, and the post-civil war South. Francis is the author of Civil Rights and the Making of the Modern American State (Cambridge University Press, 2014).

Is racial justice possible in America? Or is racism too baked-in to our politics to eliminate? What impact does activism have on American political institutions? How important is money in helping organizations facilitate change at the local, state, and national levels? Why is our political imagination and sense of possibility so important to making political reform a reality? These are some of the questions Megan, Julia, Lee, and James discuss on this week’s episode.