Michael Hanchard is the SOBA Presidential Professor in the Political Science Department of Johns Hopkins University and a founding director of the Racism, Immigration and Citizenship Program. His research and teaching interests combine a specialization in comparative politics with an interest in contemporary political theory, encompassing themes of nationalism, racism and xenophobia, and citizenship.
His publications include Orpheus and Power: The Movimento Negro of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1945-1988 (Princeton University Press, 1994), Racial Politics in Contemporary Brazil, editor, (Duke University Press, 1999) and Party/Politics: Horizons in Black Political Thought (Oxford University Press, 2006).
His scholarly articles have appeared in journals such as Public Culture, Political Theory and Social Text. Professor Hanchard received his Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University in 1991, an M.A. in International Relations from the New School for Social Research in 1985, and an A.B. in International Relations from Tufts University in 1981. He has held visiting scholar and professorship positions at the W.E.B. DuBois Institute at Harvard University, Universitaria Candido Mendes (Brazil) and the Universidade de Sao Carlos (Brazil), the University of Cartagena (Colombia), the Instituto Gramsci in Milan, Italy, the University of Ghana, Legon (West Africa) and the University of Vienna, Austria, and has lectured at numerous other institutions in Europe, Latin America, Africa, the Caribbean as well as the United States.