Department of Political Science

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Pitt Professor of History Alaina E. Roberts says people are usually stunned to learn that five Native American tribes in what’s now Oklahoma owned Black slaves in the 1800s. In a forthcoming book, Roberts digs into her own ancestry with the tribes to upend the traditional story of Reconstruction.
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As the Biden-Harris presidential transition begins, Pitt experts share their thoughts on racial justice, immigration and other significant issues that face the incoming administration.
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Following a year in which calls for racial equity and social justice rose to new prominence, the University’s annual Social Justice Week, running Jan 18-22, presents a renewed opportunity for the Pitt community to contemplate the life and legacy of civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr.
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With the big day behind the nation and bigger questions ahead, Pitt experts shared their thoughts on how the process unfolded, what citizens should expect in coming days and how to make a positive impact no matter the outcome.
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From local to national news outlets, Pitt people have been sought-after sources in stories about the election. Read what they’ve have to say.
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Election Day 2020 is sure to be one for the history books. Pittwire asked a handful of students and faculty: What are you doing on Nov. 3?