The IAAR is pleased to have three UNC faculty speak at its opening event, Voting Rights, Racial Justice and Moral Mondays: Examining Civil Rights in the 21st Century. Professors Kareem Crayton, Isaac Unah, and Kenneth (Andy) Andrews will examine recent national rulings and state legislative changes in the context of civil rights concerns past and present. Focus will be specifically on developments regarding the Voting Rights Act, the Racial Justice Act, and the Moral Monday protests placed in the context of the Civil Rights Movement. Information on these three accomplished professors can be found below.
Associate Professor—School of Law
Professor Crayton is one of the country’s most innovative researchers whose work integrates law, politics and race. He is one of the few academics with formal skills in law and political science whose work addresses the relationship between race and politics in representative institutions. His scholarship examines the varied effects of state-sanctioned racial exclusion and discrimination on campaign and governance in political institutions. His publications employ a variety of research methods to examine ongoing controversies ranging from voter polarization, ballot measures, electoral campaigning, legislative caucus behavior, to partisan competition. A leading voice in both the academy and in public discourse, his commentary and analysis regularly appear in major media outlets including The New York Times, PBS, and Fox News. He has served counsel to the congressional black caucus in three Supreme Court cases and frequently consult on matters having to do with election law and voting problems.
Associate Professor—Political Science
Professor Unah served as visiting scientist and program director for the Law and Social Sciences Program at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Virginia from 2005-2007. His research and teaching interests focus on judicial institutions and their collective influence on public policy and bureaucratic behavior. His research has been published in several political science, law, and interdisciplinary social science journals, including the American Journal of Political Science, Political Research Quarterly, Law & Policy, Business and Politics, and several major law reviews. His first book, The Courts of International Trade: Judicial Specialization, Expertise, and Bureaucratic Policymaking (University of Michigan Press, 1998), examines the role of specialized courts in U.S. trade policy implementation. His second book, The Supreme Court in American Politics (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2009) uses an evolutionary perspective to give readers a firm understanding of the U.S. Supreme Court. Among his ongoing projects, Unah is researching punishment politics, especially the political motivations underlying the use of capital punishment in the United States.
Kenneth T. (Andy) Andrews
Professor Andrews studies the influence of protest and social movements on pubic policy and social change. His book – Freedom is a Constant Struggle (2004) – examined the influence of the civil rights movement on electoral politics, school desegregation, and social policies. He recently completed projects on the North Carolina environmental sector and on the leadership of local Sierra Club organizations. Currently, Andrews is writing a book titled Civil Rights and the Black Freedom Struggle, and he is studying local desegregation campaigns from the 1960 sit-ins to the 1964 Civil Rights Act.