The Center for Urban Research and Education (CURE) will continue its spring series on Thursday, March 4, at 12:30 p.m. with the free panel discussion, “After 2020: A New Beginning for Political Activism and Civic Engagement?” 

Panelists will discuss their research on voting trends, electoral rules, and the influence of race, gender, and ethnicity on political candidacies and election outcomes, with particular reference to urban communities. Students Oriana Holmes-Price (political science), Adrian Rentas (urban studies and community development), and Jose Zarazua (political science) will join the discussion. 

Panelists include: 

  • John Kromer is the author of Philadelphia Battlefields: Disruptive Campaigns and Upset Elections in a Changing City (Temple University Press, 2020), has participated in many local political campaigns as a volunteer, election worker, and candidate. He served as Philadelphia housing director during the mayoral administration of Edward G. Rendell (1992-2001) and as interim executive director of the Camden Redevelopment Agency during the state-administered Camden receivership (2006-07). He teaches a fall-semester class in The Politics of Housing and Urban Development at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Lorraine C. Minnite is an Associate Professor of Public Policy in the Department of Public Policy and Administration at Rutgers–Camden. Her research focuses on issues of inequality, social and racial justice, political conflict, and institutional change.  Dr. Minnite is the author and co-author of two books on electoral rules and racial and class politics in the U.S., as well as other published work addressing various aspects of political participation, immigration, voting behavior and urban politics. 

  • Shauna Shames is an Associate Professor in the Political Science Department of Rutgers–Camden. Her primary area of academic interest is American political behavior, with a focus on race, gender, and politics. Dr. Shames has published articles, reports, and book chapters on women as candidates, black women in Congress, comparative child care policy, work/family conflict, abortion, feminism in the U.S. and internationally, gay and lesbian rights, and U.S. public opinion.  She has designed and taught courses on race, class, gender, American politics, women’s studies, the history of feminism, freshman writing, and futuristic fiction and has lectured widely on gender, race, and politics.

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link.