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Marcia Alesan Dawkins
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Dr. Marcia Alesan Dawkins is a professor at USC Annenberg in Los Angeles, California.She is interested in public policy, diversity, education, and...

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Obama and Reid
AP / Charles Dharapak

Was Reid Right?

Sen. Harry Reid’s comments about Obama’s racial profile might seem beside the point to our president. After all, he’s got bigger fish to fry. But it appears that Obama is the only one who is over it.

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AP / J. Scott Applewhite

A Judge With a View

The struggle over Sonia Sotomayor’s viewpoint and voice has important ramifications for legislative politics and identity politics in our country.

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The L.A. Uprising’s 20th Anniversary and the Resurrection of Tupac Shakur

Sunday, April 29, marks the 20th anniversary of the start of the Los Angeles uprising and the two-week anniversary of the resurrection of slain gangsta rapper Tupac Shakur as a hologram at Coachella. The events are not a coincidence. Rather, they are part of a cultural argument that speaks to racial tensions, police misconduct and vigilantism that have plagued the city for decades.

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The Million Hoodie March: It’s About a ‘Right-or-Wrong Thing’

In all, the Million Hoodie March was an on-the-ground call for an end and an online call for a new beginning.

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Interracial Love Is No Societal Cure-All

Charting the demise of racism by the rising number of interracial marriages is probably not the most reliable indicator that it’s ending. Wouldn’t the elimination of disparities in income, employment, health care, education, crime, punishment and family structure be more accurate indicators?

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The FLOTUS and the Twitterverse

Michelle Obama joined Twitter on Thursday. For some this doesn’t qualify as news in a world full of political and economic turmoil.

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Marcia Alesan Dawkins
Marcia Alesan Dawkins

Dr. Marcia Alesan Dawkins is a professor at USC Annenberg in Los Angeles, California.She is interested in public policy, diversity, education, and communication.She lectures, writes and consults on these and other issues related to contemporary communication through Truthdig and her books.

Dawkin’s books include “Clearly Invisible: Racial Passing and the Color of Cultural Identity”(2012), the Best Book Award finalist “Eminem: The Real Slim Shady (Hip Hop in America)” (2013) and her latest book “Mixed Race 3.0: Risk and Reward in the Digital Age” (2015). In addition to her writing, she has been consulted by Google, NPR, WABC-TV Boston, TIME Magazine, HuffPo Live, The Leadership Alliance, The Mayo Clinic, Voice of America, The Nashville Public Library Foundation and The Public Relations Society of America.

Dawkins has received funding and recognition from organizations such as the National Communication Association, the Eastern Communication Association, the Irvine Foundation, the California State University, Google Project Glass and USC Program Board.  In addition, she has been awarded residencies and fellowships from Brown University, Vanderbilt University Law School, New York University, Villanova University and the USC Graduate School Office of the Provost and was recognized with the Outstanding Professor Award in 2014. Most recently, she has been awarded with the SC Panhellenic Greek Professor Appreciation Award (2015) and Nominated for the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order ( 2015)

Dawkins recieved a doctorate in communication from USC Annenberg, master’s degrees in humanities from USC and NYU and bachelor’s degrees in communication arts and honors from Villanova.

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