Adolph Reed

Adolph Reed
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Adolph Reed Jr. is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught at Howard, Yale, and Northwestern Universities, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the New School for Social Research. 

He has been a Carnegie Corporation Scholar of Vision (2002/3), John J. McCloy’16 Visiting Professor at Amherst College (1998/99) and the inaugural Scholar in Residence, McKenna Center for Leadership, St.Francis Xavier University, November 11-19, 2019, and in 2023 he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

He was Featured International Speaker, at the invitation of the Minister of the Secretariat, at the national symposium, broadcast live on Brazilian national television, marking the tenth anniversary of the Brazilian Presidential Secretariat for the Promotion of Racial Equality, 2013 and was Keynote speaker at Fourth Annual Labor Fest Hawaii conference, Honolulu, HI, 2015.

He has been a columnist in The Progressive, The Village Voice, The New Republic and currently The Nation, and his writing has also appeared in Dissent, Harper’s,, and many other academic and popular journals and magazines. He is author and editor of several books, including most recently, with Walter Benn Michaels, No Politics but Class Politics.

He was born in the Bronx and largely grew up in New Orleans; like many other ex-patriate New Orleanians, his family lived rather like immigrants when they resided elsewhere. He is a graduate of Xavier Prep and is one of a minority of his family who did not attend Xavier University.