Public Talks & Presentations
100 Days of Biden Administration: What’s Next for Immigration, Health Policy, and Economic Justice
President Biden came into office during one of the most turbulent moments in modern American political history. He promised an ambitious agenda and notably sought to include the voices of groups traditionally excluded from national politics. Now, 100 days into his administration, the Ash Center is convening a panel of experts who will examine the challenges and future opportunities for the Biden administration in a number of key policy areas including immigration, health policy, and economic justice. Panelists include: • Deepak Bhargava, Distinguished Lecturer of Urban Studies, The City University of New York School of Labor and Urban Studies • Jamila Michener, Associate Professor of Government, Cornell University • Connie Razza, Executive Director, Social & Economic Justice Leaders Project • Megan Ming Francis (Moderator), Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Washington
Politics and Policy of Racial Justice
This symposium focuses on the relationship between race, ethnicity, and intersectionality and public policy processes such as social movements, state building, agenda setting, and policy feedback. Panelists: Megan Ming Francis (University of Washington & Harvard Kennedy School), Jamila Michener (Cornell University), & Justin Zimmerman (Northwestern University) Moderated by Howard Lubert (James Madison University) Co-hosted by JMU Department of Political Science and African, African American and Diaspora Studies Center
Public Health, Medicine, and Poverty
Poverty poses a serious threat to the health of the public, as those living in poverty are less likely to be able to access the conditions that promote health. Panelists will discuss the intersections of health, medicine, and poverty, and how addressing the social factors that create health can lead to greater health for all.
Coronavirus K-12 closures impact safety, stability for vulnerable students
Jamila Michener is an assistant professor of government at Cornell University and an expert on poverty and racial inequality. She says during times of public health crisis the consequences of inequalities surface and it’s going to be a huge challenge to support K-12 students facing school closures at home and also in their communities.
Progressive Federalism in a Polarized Era
With a closely divided U.S. Senate, states and localities remain essential for policies that advance civil rights, immigrant rights, worker rights, and environmental sustainability. A timely conversation featuring Professors Allan Colbern and Karthick Ramakrishnan, authors of Citizenship Reimagined, Prof. Elizabeth Cohen, Syracuse University, Prof. Jamila Michener, Cornell University, Prof. Joel Rogers, University of Wisconsin, and moderated by Prof. Janelle Wong, University of Maryland.
Are States Better at Protecting Human Rights Than the U.S. Government? at Zócalo Public Square
“Are American States Better at Protecting Human Rights Than the U.S. Government?” The conventional American narrative since the civil rights era has been that states tend to violate our rights, and the federal government intervenes to protect people. But much of American history runs the other way, offering numerous examples of states acting to protect the rights of their people—notably Indigenous peoples, African Americans escaping slavery, and undocumented immigrants—from federal authorities. What’s more, state constitutions, which are relatively easy to amend, typically grant citizens far more rights than the much more difficult-to-amend U.S. Constitution. Are our state capitals better suited than Washington, D.C., to defend our freedoms? What will happen if a more conservative U.S. Supreme Court majority turns more debates over rights into questions for individual states? Do today’s bitter disputes over election and voter suppression at the state level suggest that it’s time to revisit the Voting Rights Act of 1965—or finally add the right to vote to the U.S. Constitution? UC Riverside Center for Social Innovation founding director and "Citizenship Reimagined" co-author Karthick Ramakrishnan, Cornell University government professor Jamila Michener, and Cynthia Buiza, executive director of the California Immigrant Policy Center, visited Zócalo to consider the past, present, and future of human rights in the 50 United States. This Zócalo/Center for Social Innovation online event was moderated by Richard Kreitner, contributing writer at The Nation and author of Break It Up. Read more about our panelists here: https://zps.la/3cjL6OA For a full report on the live discussion, check out the Takeaway: https://zps.la/31FfJvf Visit https://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/ to read our articles and learn about upcoming events. Follow along on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thepublicsquare Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thepublicsquare/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zocalopublicsquare
Unequal States Medicaid Policy, Practice, and Politics
In this CLASP webinar, Dr. Jamila Michener, author of Fragmented Democracy, discusses the current landscape of Medicaid waivers, the lasting negative impact of disparate treatment under Medicaid, and how people’s experiences with work support programs influence their civic engagement. Also, CLASP Policy Analyst Renato Rocha provides an overview of the racially-loaded history of tying receipt of benefits to “work requirements".
The ACA at 10 – Interview with Jamila Michener
JHPPL social media editor Harold Pollack interviews Jamila Michener (Cornell University) about her article "Race, Politics, and the Affordable Care Act." Read the article here: https://read.dukeupress.edu/jhppl/article/doi/10.1215/03616878-8255481/160613/Race-Politics-and-the-Affordable-Care-Act Read "The ACA at 10 (Part 1)" here: https://read.dukeupress.edu/jhppl/advance-publication