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After Obama: African American Politics in a Post-Obama Era

Todd Shaw, Robert A. Brown, and Joseph P. McCormick


This book engages the reader in a wide-ranging assessment of the legacy of Barack Obama—the “first Black president”—relative to Black politics. It uses its vantage point of being written during Donald Trump’s presidency to understand what Black politics has and has not inherited from the Obama administration. It is comprehensive in the number of constituencies and policy topics it covers. Its co-editors frame its chapters by explaining how both “inverted linked fate” and an “inclusionary dilemma” shaped the Obama presidency and legacy for Black politics. Nearly twenty prominent or emerging pol ... More

Keywords: Barack Obama, the Obama administration, race, Black politics, African American constituencies, public policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781479807277
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479807277.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Todd Shaw, editor
University of South Carolina

Robert A. Brown, editor
Spelman College

Joseph P. McCormick, editor

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Front Matter


Todd C. Shaw, Robert A. Brown, and Joseph P. McCormick II

Part I Constituencies

2 Invitations to the Dance

Tyson D. King-Meadows

3 The “Obama Effect” Revisited

Ray Block Jr. and Angela K. Lewis-Maddox

4 “It’s Complicated”

Brian D. McKenzie

6 Moving the Needle?

Ravi K. Perry

Part II Public Policies

7 Black Federal Judges and Civil Rights in the Age of Obama

Shenita Brazelton with Dianne M. Pinderhughes

9 What about Black Women?

Julia S. Jordan-Zachery

10 Barack Obama and the Racial Politics of the Affordable Care Act

Sekou Franklin, Pearl K. Ford Dowe, and Angela K. Lewis-Maddox


Joseph P. McCormick II, Todd C. Shaw, and Robert A. Brown