Enid Logan is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota. Her research has focused on constructs of race and blackness in the U.S. and the Spanish Caribbean. Logan is particularly interested in investigating political discourse and electoral politics as aspects of racial formation. Her main contribution to this area was her 2011 book, “At This Defining Moment”: Barack Obama’s Presidential Candidacy and the New Politics of Race, published by NYU Press. In the book, Logan examined American racial politics in the context of Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign for the White House and first term in office, through qualitative analysis of some 1,500 articles from newspapers, newsmagazines, and political blogs. One of Logan’s central contentions in the book was that processes of racialization may be apprehended in part through the study of developments in the realm of electoral politics. Logan has written a number of pieces on race and politics since “At This Defining Moment,” including an article on 2012 black Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, in which she discussed Cain’s “performances” of race, and the wider utility of his blackness for the political right. She is currently working on a new article, tentatively entitled “Desirable Hispanics and The Problem with The Blacks” in which she discusses the Republican party’s possible responses to the demographic crisis that it is facing.
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