Tianna Paschel

Research Expertise and Interest

racial ideology, politics, globalization, Latin America

Research Description

Tianna Paschel is an associate professor in the Department of African American Studies and the Department of Sociology at the University of California – Berkeley. She is interested in the intersection of racial ideology, politics, and globalization in Latin America. Her work can be found in the American Journal of Sociology, the Du Bois ReviewSOULS: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, and Ethnic and Racial Studies and various edited volumes. She is also the author of Becoming Black Political Subjects, which draws on ethnographic and archival methods to explore the shift in the 1990s from ideas of unmarked universal citizenship to multicultural citizenship regimes and the recognition of specific rights for black populations by Latin American states. It is the winner of numerous awards including the Herbert Jacob Book Award of the Law and Society Association and the Barrington Moore Book Award of the American Sociological Association (ASA). Professor Paschel is also the co-editor – along with Petra Rivera-Rideau and Jennifer Jones – of Afro-Latin@s in Movement, an interdisciplinary volume that explores transnationalism and blackness in the Americas.

Professor Paschel is a Ford Fellow, member of the American Political Science Association Task Force on Race and Class Inequality, the Council of the Law Section of ASA, and the Steering Committee of the Network of Anti-Racist Action and Research (RAIAR).

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Please note: The views and opinions expressed in these articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or positions of UC Berkeley.
May 13, 2020
Sarah Parvini
Some 70% of registered California voters say they agree that the COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating inequality, with just 9% disagreeing, in the latest poll by Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies. Opinions generally followed party lines, education levels, and regions, with more educated and metropolitan San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles residents perceiving the inequality at higher rates. Associate sociology and African American studies professor Tianna Paschel suggests the results correlate with the dominance of Democrats in the state. She expressed surprise that Latinos were least likely to agree that blacks are disproportionately affected by the pandemic, with only 45% agreeing. "Latino folks and black folks are competing for material and political resources," she deduces. "There's job competition, housing and political representation. ... What I was surprised about was how large those numbers were. If you compare them, Latinos had higher numbers than Trump supporters." For more on this, see our press release at Berkeley News.
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