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Lisa Beard

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Political Science, University of Oregon

M.A., Political Science, University of Oregon

B.A,, Latin American and Latino/a Studies, Smith College

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AH 403

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Current Courses

PLSC 250, American Political System (Winter 2020)

PLSC 323, African American Politics (Fall 2019)

PLSC 397J, Race and Political Identification (Winter 2020)

PLSC 431, Senior Seminar in American Politics and Public Policy (Spring 2020)

PLSC 471, Race and Political Theory (Fall 2019)

Lisa Beard is an Assistant Professor in Political Science, with a research and teaching focus in U.S. race, gender, and sexuality politics and political thought.

Currently, Dr. Beard is completing a book manuscript on race, political identification, and intimate political appeals (under contract with Oxford University Press), based on dissertation research that was selected for the American Political Science Association’s 2017 Best Dissertation Award in Race, Ethnicity, and Politics. Published work can be found in Contemporary Political Theory, National Political Science Review, and in the edited volume, A Political Companion to James Baldwin. This research has been supported by the University of California, Riverside Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, The Future of Minority Studies Research Project, The Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, The Center on Diversity and Community at the University of Oregon, and The Center for the Study of Women and Society at the University of Oregon.

Faculty Research Interests

U.S. Race, Gender, and Sexuality Politics; Political Thought; Black Politics and Black Political Thought

Selected Publications

“Submerged and Contained: The Figure of Race in American Political Science.” National Political Science Review 20.1 (2019): 19-24.


“James Baldwin on Violence and Disavowal.” In A Political Companion to James Baldwin, Susan McWilliams (Ed.), The University Press of Kentucky, 2017.


 “Flesh of their Flesh, Bone of their Bone: James Baldwin’s Racial Politics of Boundness.”        Contemporary Political Theory 15.1 (2016): 378-398.

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Areas of Specialty

Research Interests

  • African American Politics
  • Political Thought
  • Race, Gender, Sexuality