Affiliated Program: PhD in Public Policy and Public Administration with Specializations in Race, Ethnicity, and Public Policy at The Trachtenberg School

Race and ethnicity permeate virtually every aspect of life in the United States. Conflicts associated with race and ethnicity affect all institutions and social interactions of every type, and frequently dominate a range of policy debates. Those debates, of course, reflect competing theoretical perspectives on race and ethnic relations and underlying causes of inequalities associated with race and ethnicity. This field examines those competing perspectives, the range of policy outcomes, and simply what might be done to ameliorate conflicts associated with race and ethnicity in the U.S. For more information on this degree, go to The Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration webpage for this PhD.


General Examination Core

SOC 6245 Race Relations
SOC 6248 Race and Urban Redevelopment

Students are also required to take two of the following three courses:

HIST 3360 African American History
PSYC 8236 Minorities and Mental Health
SOC 6263 Race and Crime


Field Electives

Students are required to take two additional courses from either the following list of electives or the remaining required courses:

AMST/HIST 3351 US Social History 
LAW 6595 Race, Racism, and American Law 
LAW 6596 Law and Social and Economic History 
SOC 6250 Urban Sociology
SOC 6252 Economic History
SOC 6268 Race, Gender, and Class
PSC 8211 State and Urban Politics 
PSC 8212 State and Urban Policy Problems 
PSYC 8298 Current Topics, Cross-cultural Psychology 
WSTU 6240 Women and Public Policy 
WSTU/SOC 6265 Women, Welfare, and Poverty


Field Advisors

Gregory D. Squires
Professor and Chair of Sociology 
Phone: 202-994-6894 
E-mail: squires@gwu.edu

Steven A. Tuch
Professor of Sociology 
Phone: 202- 994-7466 
E-mail: steve@gwu.edu

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Meet Our Professors: Robert Cottrol

Professor Robert Cottrol's research focuses on the influence of legal institutions and social processes on race relations in the United States and Latin America. His book Brown v. Board of Education: Caste, Culture and the Constitution (University Press of Kansas, 2003) was selected as a "book of the month" selection by the History Book Club and received the 2003 Prize of the Langum Project for Historical Literature for the "best book in legal history accessible to the general educated public." He has recently published The Long, Lingering Shadow: Slavery, Race, and Law in the American Hemisphere (University of Georgia Press, Studies in the Legal History of the South series, 2013).