Loundy Human Rights Project Students Explore Populism’s Roots in Deindustrialization on Chicago’s Southeast Side

Wednesday this Fall’s Loundy students outing in POS 343 (Urban Human Rights: Populism, Diversity and Justice in the US and UK) paid a visit to the Southeast Side to explore the legacy of deindustrialisation’s effects on communities. This region once boasted largest concentration of steel mills in the world. Here at the former site of US Steel, only these ore walls remain. We then went to the site of the 1937 Memorial Day Massacre (in which unarmed striking steelworkers were shot and killed by police) to talk ground-level impacts with educator, urban planner, artist, and organizing superhero Thomas Frank!

About Bethany Barratt

Dr. Barratt earned her PhD from the University of California in 2002, and her BA in Political Science/History from Duke University in 1994. She is Director of the Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project, which joins forces with community partners in Chicago and cities abroad to draw and apply comparative lessons to make measurable gains in respect for human rights in urban settings. Professor Barratt has conducted archival and field research in Yellowstone National Park, Central Asia, the UK, Canada, and Australia. She is author or editor of several books including “Human Rights and Foreign Aid” (Routledge, 2007), "The Politics of Harry Potter" (Palgrave McMillan, 2012), and coeditor o "Public Opinion and War: Lessons from Iraq" (Potomac, 2012). She has also authored articles on environmental politics and justice, conservation policy, human rights, foreign aid, US, British, Canadian, and Australian foreign policy, and counterterrorism, in Political Research Quarterly, The Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and edited volumes from Ashgate and Lexington Books. Besides her teaching experience at Roosevelt and the University of California, she has also taught in a number of jails and prisons. She is an officer or member of several scholarly associations including the American Political Science Association and the International Studies Association.
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