Political scientist and author Corey Robin will explore the racial identity and influence of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in a campus discussion on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 5 p.m. in the Sanford Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. Robin’s lecture, “White State, Black Market: The Constitution of Clarence Thomas,” follows the nation’s celebration of Constitution Day.
“In his younger days, Clarence Thomas was a black nationalist. As a justice on the Supreme Court, he has carried on elements of that tradition, in ways that make for surprising comparisons between the jurisprudence of Justice Thomas and the worldview of contemporary racial liberalism,” Robin writes.
A professor of political science at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, Robin is the author of Fear: The History of a Political Idea (Oxford University Press, 2004) and The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin (Oxford University Press, 2012). His articles have appeared in the American Political Science Review, Social Research, Theory & Event, the London Review of Books, Harper’s, Jacobin and The Nation. His writings have been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Greek, Korean, Polish, Portuguese and Romanian.
Recent Constitution Day speakers at HWS include historian and Pulitzer Prize finalist John Fabian Witt, Cornell University dean and law professor Eduardo M. Peñalver and Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University Jacqueline Stevens.