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Blogger Profile: Dr. Clarence Lusane

Dr. Clarence Lusane is an Associate Professor of Political Science in the School of International Service at American University where he teaches and researches on international human rights, comparative race relations, social movements and electoral politics. Lusane is also an activist, scholar, lecturer, journalist and author of several books; his most recent is "The Black History of The White House" published in the Open Media Series by City Lights Books. Other books by Dr. Lusane include "Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice: Foreign Policy, Race, and the New American Century," "Hitler’s Black Victims: The Experiences of Afro-Germans, Africans, Afro-Europeans and African Americans During the Nazi Era; "Race in the Global Era: African Americans at the Millennium;" "No Easy Victories: A History of Black Elected Officials;" "African Americans at the Crossroads: The Restructuring of Black Leadership and the 1992 Elections;" "The Struggle for Equal Education;" and "Pipe Dream Blues: Racism and the War on Drugs."
Dr. Lusane is the former editor of the journal Black Political Agenda and has edited newsletters for a number of national nonprofit organizations. He is a national columnist for the Black Voices syndicated news network, and his writings have appeared in The Black Scholar, Race and Class, Washington Post, Covert Action Information Bulletin, Z Magazine, Radical History Journal, Souls, New Political Science, Journal of Popular Film and Television and many other publications. Over the past two decades he has won several research and writing awards. His essay “Rhapsodic Aspirations: Rap, Race, and Power Politics” won the 1993 Larry Neal Writers’ Competition Grand Prize for Art Criticism. In 1983, his article “Israeli Arms to Central America” won the prestigious Project Censored Investigative Reporting Award as the most censored story of the year.

He is the former Chairman of the Board of the National Alliance of Third World Journalists. As a journalist he has traveled to numerous countries to investigate their political and social circumstances or crises, including Panama in the aftermath of the U.S. invasion; East Germany during the last months of its existence; and Zimbabwe as a delegate to the Congress of the International Organization of Journalists. Other nations he has visited and reported on include Cuba, Egypt, Mexico, Jamaica, North Korea, South Korea, Italy, Pakistan, and South Africa.

Dr. Lusane has been a political and technical consultant to the World Council of Churches, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and a number of elected officials and nonprofit organizations. He worked for eight years in the U.S. House of Representatives as a staff aide to former D.C. Congressman Walter E. Fauntroy, and then for the former Democratic Study Group that served as the primary source of legislative information and analysis for House Democrats. He has taught and worked at Howard University’s Center for Drug Abuse Research and Center for Urban Policy; Medgar Evers College’s Du Bois Bunche Center for Public Policy, and Columbia University’s Institute for Research in African American Studies. Dr. Lusane received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Howard University in 1997.

In 2001–2002, he received the prestigious British Council Atlantic Fellowship in Public Policy where he investigated the impact of regional antiracism legislation on the antiracist movement in the UK. From 2002 to 2003 he served as Assistant Director of the 1990 Trust, one of the UK’s largest and most important antiracist, human rights nongovernmental organizations.

He has lectured and presented scholarly papers at a wide range of colleges and universities including Harvard, Georgetown, George Washington, North Carolina A&T, University of California at Berkeley, University of Chicago, Yale, London School of Economics, and University of Paris among others. He has also lectured on U.S. race relations in numerous foreign nations including Colombia, Cuba, England, France, Germany, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Japan, the Netherlands, Panama, Switzerland, and Zimbabwe, among other countries.

Dr. Lusane has regularly appeared on C-SPAN, PBS, BET, and other local, national, and international television and radio programs, where he has discussed international relations, global black politics, economic globalization and new technologies, cultural issues, and multilateral narcotics policy.

He is the Co-Chair of the Civil Society Committee of the U.S.-Brazil Joint Action Plan to Eliminate Racial & Ethnic Discrimination & Promote Equality (JAPER). The project is an effort to build collaborative anti-racist and anti-discrimination projects in the areas of criminal justice, education, employment, the environment, and health.

Dr. Clarence Lusane's Blogs

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Dr. Clarence Lusane

Professor, Author and Activist

March 14th, 2011

Zimbabwe may emulate Tunisia, Egypt, Libya....

The regime of 87-year-old strongman Robert Mugabe has sought to pre-empt the types of protests that have shaken autocrats in North Africa and the Middle East. Yet, a constellation of internal and external events may finally bring an end to the more than 30 years of one-man rule. Elections are ... continue reading

Dr. Clarence Lusane

Professor, Author and Activist

February 1st, 2011

Reject the Confederacy, Celebrate Reconstruction

The sesquicentennial of the start of the Civil War has unleashed a cacophony of voices from across the South and outside the region, including elected officials, Civil War reenactors, and professional neo-Confederates, spreading falsehoods and myths about that pivotal time in U.S. history. They contend that the conflict was barely ... continue reading

Dr. Clarence Lusane

Professor, Author and Activist

December 23rd, 2010

Black History of the President’s House

On December 15, 2010 the National Park Service inaugurated its new exhibit, “President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in Making a New Nation” at the Liberty Bell Center pavilion in Philadelphia’s Independence Park. The pavilion has been built on the site where the first home for U.S. presidents once stood, and ... continue reading

Dr. Clarence Lusane

Professor, Author and Activist

October 26th, 2010

Sold Brothers: The Bizzaro World of Williams and Thomas

Juan Williams should have been fired - by NPR AND Fox News. And a preponderance of evidence and a logical benefit of the doubt indicates that it is Clarence Thomas who should apologize to Anita Hill. However, in the bizzaro world of Williams and Thomas, presided over by the likes ... continue reading

Dr. Clarence Lusane

Professor, Author and Activist

October 18th, 2010

From the White House to Obama's House

As he faces a critical juncture in his presidency, it is perhaps useful for President Obama to reflect upon an obscure but relevant anniversary. On October 17, 1901, President Theodore Roosevelt officially changed the name of the president’s residence to the “White House.” Significantly, this occurred on the day after ... continue reading

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Apr 2nd
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

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"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko'

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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 www.theguardian.com Former cabinet minister died at...

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More in David Sirota's continuing series on the billionaire takeover of PBS: More PBS conflict woes as activists move to eject David Koch from board of...

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