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The Western

Critical Whiteness Studies

Community Co-Chairs
• Mark Brown, California State University, Sacramento
• Jane Junn, University of Southern California
• Sahar Razavi, California State University, Sacramento

How to Participate:
If you’re interested in participating, please contact:
Mark Brown,

How to Support
WPSA is not requiring any fees or membership dues to participate in its Virtual Communities during the 2020-2021 Pilot Program. Many people are volunteering their labor to make that possible, a model that will not be sustainable if we are to continue offering this program on a more permanent basis.

If you would like to support this initiative now and increase its viability for the future, please consider donating to help pay for administrative and IT costs. We especially invite participants who are not currently dues-paying members of WPSA to contribute. We suggest a sliding-scale of $5-$25 as you are able. You may contribute here:

Community Focus
This virtual community will focus on the politics of white racial identities and related issues in Critical Whiteness Studies. Potential topics include: historical constructions of whiteness; white public opinion and political behavior; conceptions of white privilege and white supremacy; comparative politics of whiteness; intersections of white racial identities with other group identities; representations of white people in popular culture; white antiracism and racial justice activism; antiracist pedagogy and critical whiteness studies in teaching and learning.

Intended Participants
We want to involve a diverse group of scholars from a wide range of subfields, including Race and Ethnic Studies, Critical Race Theory, Social and Political Theory, Public Opinion, Political Behavior, Public Law, Comparative Politics, and International Relations.

Our purpose is to generate engaging discussions that combine the concerns of Critical Whiteness Studies with various subfields of political science. We will create opportunities for participants to receive feedback on their research, develop their pedagogical resources and strategies, and learn from people with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and areas of expertise.

Kinds of Events Planned
We will host online meetings to discuss scholarly research, work-in-progress, teaching and pedagogy, current events, and relevant books, articles, films, and other materials. We will use a variety of formats, including formal panels, informal colloquia, author-meets-critics, open disucssions, social hours, and so on. Our meetings will strive to be inclusive, accessible, supportive, lively, and enjoyable for all participants.

Upcoming Events
Information about upcoming events will be posted here and on the unified Virtual Communities calendar at as events are scheduled. Convert event times to your local time zone at

Presentation and Discussion
Date: February 26, 2021
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Pacific Time

Event Details:

Sahar Razavi, “‘Light of the Aryans’: Racial Identity Among Iranian Americans”

Contact for Access:
Mark Brown,
Presentation and Discussion
Date: March 26, 2021 Time:
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Pacific Time

Event Details:

Bruce Baum, “The Graduate, the (White) 'American Dream,' and the Cleavages of US Politics Since the 1960s"

Contact for Access:
Mark Brown,
Presentation and Discussion
Date: April 30, 2021 Time:
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Pacific Time

Event Details:

Tiffany Willoughby-Herard, Waste of a White Skin: The Carnegie Corporation and the Racial Logic of White Vulnerability

Contact for Access:
Mark Brown,