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Professor of Politics

Lawrie Balfour

University of Virginia

Lawrie Balfour is Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia, where she teaches courses in political theory and African American studies. She 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), as well as numerous articles and chapters on race and democracy. Currently, she is working on a book on reparations for slavery and Jim Crow. The recipient of multiple teaching awards, Balfour was the Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Associate Professor for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton’s University Center for Human Values in 2008-09; and she served as a visiting faculty member at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris in May 2012. Balfour received her Ph.D. and A.B. degrees from Princeton University and an M.T.S. degree from Harvard Divinity School.