Monday, February 5, 2018 at 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Social Sciences Building (SOS), 250
3502 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089
Danielle Wiggins is a historian of race, crime, capitalism, and urban politics in the last quarter of the twentieth century. Her dissertation is titled “Crime Capital: Public Safety, Urban Development, and Black Politics in Post-Civil Rights Atlanta.” In this study, Wiggins demonstrates how black political leaders in Atlanta resurrected conservative Jim Crow reforms centered on capitalism and personal responsibility, to construct punitive criminal policies and encourage urban development programs that criminalized and displaced poor black residents. Black politicians, she argues, were key figures in the formation of neoliberal urban governance in the 1990s, and important contributors to the rightward shift in American politics as seen, not from the Republican suburbs, but from the Democratic cities.