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Professor of Politics
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Department of Politics
S395 Gibson Hall
1540 Jefferson Park Ave
PO Box 400787
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4787


Ph.D., Princeton


Lawrie Balfour is the author of Democracy’s Reconstruction: Thinking Politically with W. E. B. Du Bois (Oxford University Press) and The Evidence of Things Not Said: James Baldwin and the Promise of American Democracy (Cornell University Press). Her articles on race and democratic theory have appeared in Political Theory, American Political Science Review, Hypatia, The Du Bois Review, The Review of Politics, and edited collections. She is now working on a book project on reparations for slavery and Jim Crow. Balfour has held fellowships from the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research, the Center for the Study of Values in Public Life at Harvard Divinity School, the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. A recipient of multiple teaching awards, she was Laurence S. Rockefeller Visiting Associate Professor for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton University in 2008-2009 and a visiting faculty member at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris in May 2012. She was a member of the Journal of Politics editorial board from 2005-07 and 2009-11 and currently serves on the board of Politics, Groups, and Identities. Balfour is Director of Fellowships at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies at UVA.

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Associate and Affiliate Faculty