Dr. Christina Greer will speak on “Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream,” Wednesday, April 15, at2:30 p.m., at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC). The event, which is free of charge and open to the public, will be held in room E-109 (next to the Planetarium) at the College’s Branchburg Campus.
Dr. Greer is the author of a book by the same title as the program, published by Oxford University Press. She is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Fordham University – Lincoln Center campus, New York City.
Dr. Greer’s research and teaching focus on such topics as American politics, black ethnic politics, urban politics, Congress, New York City and New York State politics, campaigns and elections, and public opinion. Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream investigates the increasingly ethnically diverse black populations in the US from Africa and the Caribbean. She finds that both ethnicity and a shared racial identity affect the policy choices and preferences for black groups.
Currently working on her second book, Professor Greer is researching the history of African Americans who have run for the executive office in the US. Her research interests also include mayors and public policy in urban centers. Her previous work has compared criminal activity and political responses in Boston and Baltimore.
The program is part of a series on diversity and immigration, sponsored by RVCC’s Office of Multicultural Affairs. For additional information about the program, contact Richeleen Dashield, 908-526-1200, ext. 8636.
Raritan Valley Community College received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversitymagazine in 2012 and 2014. The College is the home of the Paul Robeson Institute for Ethics, Leadership and Social Justice and the Institute for Holocaust & Genocide Studies. In addition, RVCC was named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll “With Distinction” in the categories of General Community Service and Education. RVCC was the only community college in the country, and the only college in New Jersey, to receive the designation “With Distinction” in both categories.