Democracy and Felon Disenfranchisement

Monday, January 16, 2017
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Valders 206
Political Science Professor Carly Foster

More than 6 million American citizens were prohibited from voting in the 2016 Presidential Election because of felon disenfranchisement laws.

What is felon disenfranchisement?

How have racial politics shaped felon disenfranchisement laws?

What are the social and political effects of felony disenfranchisement?

Carly Hayden Foster earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Kansas in 2005. Dr. Foster joined the Luther College Political Science department in 2015 after teaching at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (2007-2015) and Washington State University (2006-2007). Dr. Foster’s research and teaching interests center on race and gender as they relate to US law, policy, and politics. Dr. Foster teaches courses on social policy, constitutional law, gender and politics, political thought, and the Iowa Caucuses, and has published articles analyzing gender and race in welfare policy, health policy, child welfare policy, elections, and political organizations.