In recognition of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, Associate Professor of Political Science Jessica Blatt, Ph.D., was interviewed on WDET 101.9 FM’s Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson.
In the segment, Blatt discussed her book Race and the Making of American Political Science and the impact of race on the founding of American political theory.
According to Blatt, “The first graduate department of political science in America was founded by a man named John W. Burgess, who believed that American liberty was a product of ‘a Teutonic germ of liberty’ carried to America by Anglo Saxons, and that all of those freedoms were meant for white Americans of European descent and no one else.”
In her book, Blatt explores the impact of race on the founding of American political theory. She discusses how changes in scientific ideas about racial difference were fundamental to the academic study of politics in the U.S. and are reflected in today’s politics.
To listen to Blatt’s full interview from Detroit Today, click here.