'Democracy and Felon Disenfranchisement'

Martin Luther King Jr. Day lecture Jan. 16 at Luther College 

Carly Hayden Foster, associate professor of political science at Luther, will give this year's Martin Luther King Jr. Day lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, in Valders Hall of Science, Room 206, on the Luther College campus.

Her lecture titled, "Democracy and Felon Disenfranchisement," is open to the public with no charge for admission.

In her lecture, Foster will consider felon disenfranchisement laws, which prohibited more than six million American citizens from voting in the 2016 election. She will argue that the laws are shaped by racial politics, and will discuss felon disenfranchisement in the context of democracy and social justice.

Foster joined the Luther faculty in 2015 after teaching at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and Washington State University. She earned her Ph.D. in political science and a graduate certificate in women's studies from the University of Kansas.  

Foster's research and teaching interests center on race and gender as they relate to US law, policy and politics. At Luther she 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.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day lecture is sponsored by the Black History Series and the Lawrence and Queen Williams Endowment Fund.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,150, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.

Carly Hayden Foster