Professor John Fobanjong publishes book

UMass Dartmouth Professor John Fobanjong publishes book, Understanding the Backlash Against Affirmative Action John Fobanjong, associate professor of political science/African American Studies, has authored the book, Understanding the Backlash Against Affirmative Action, published by Nova Science Publishers Inc., Huntington, New York.

UMass Dartmouth Professor John Fobanjong publishes book, Understanding the Backlash Against Affirmative Action 

John Fobanjong, associate professor of political science/African American Studies, has authored the book, Understanding the Backlash Against Affirmative Action, published by Nova Science Publishers Inc., Huntington, New York. 

In the preface, Fobanjong writes about the book’s goal of identifying the fundamental forces responsible for the backlash against this policy that initially appeared fair and reasonable, but has turned out to be the most divisive issue in America since the abolition of slavery. 

The book looks at the historical evolution of backlashes against inclusive public policy efforts, beginning with the post-Emancipation era backlash against the 1860s civil rights legislations, and drawing a comparative picture with the reaction to modern day civil rights acts of the 1960s. Though an historical overview, greater attention is focused on events in the second half of the 20th century. Understanding the Backlash Against Affirmative Action focuses largely on micro factors that have contributed to the polarization of the debate over affirmative action, and on institutional efforts that have attempted to remedy the controversy. 

Fobanjong, a Westport resident, joined the UMass Dartmouth faculty in 2000. He received his B.S. from Bera College in Kentucky, his MPA from California Lutheran University, and a Ph.D. in political science from University of Arizona. 

He previously taught at the University of Maryland, Wilberforce University, Ohio; University of Yaounde, Cameroon; and the University of Arizona. Fobanjong’s areas of specialization are in race and public policy, U.S. foreign policy for Africa, civil rights and civil liberties, Black/Jewish relations, and governance and Democratic reforms in developing nations. 

A manuscript that he recently edited in collaboration with UMD Professor Thomas Ranuga on the Liberation Philosophy, is currently under review at the University of Massachusetts Press. 

Copies of Understanding the Backlash Against Affirmative Action are on sale at the Campus Center Store and Baker Books, 69 State Road, Dartmouth. 

Editors: Prof. Fobanjong is available for interviews and may be reached at (508) 999-9177.


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