Muslim Youth, Race & Surveillance State

Educational Studies will be hosting Dr. Arshad I. Ali from George Washington University for the Annual Race and Education Lecture.

Title:  Muslims Youth, Race and the Surveillance State


Dr. Ali will draw upon a decade of research with Muslim communities in the US and Europe to explore how historic constructions of Muslim identities continue to be relevant in contemporary US. He will discuss a history of racial otherness in the Americas through Spanish colonialism. Dr. Ali examines the intersections of anti-Blackness, anti-Indigeneity, and Muslim otherness in the Western world and the US.  Exploring the intersections of racial construction, settler colonialism, and epistemic violence, he will discuss how anti-Muslim racism has been deployed in an increasingly carceral US. Dr. Ali will examine current effects of police surveillance, political violence, and cultural targeting on the lives of young Muslims in the US. Is full citizenship possible for US Muslim communities? 



Arshad I. Ali is assistant professor of educational research at The George Washington University. Dr. Ali is an interdisciplinary scholar who studies youth culture, race, identity, and politics in the lives of young people. He is co-editor (with Tracy L. Buenavista) of Education at War: The Fight for Students of Color in America’s Public Schools and co-editor (with Teresa McCarty) of the forthcoming Critical Youth Research in Education: Methodologies and Praxis.


The Race and Education Lecture Series

The annual Race and Education Lecture Series addresses Colgate University's mission statement and strategic plan by considering the connections between race and educational processes and institutions from contemporary and historical perspectives. The lecture series engages and assists the Colgate community in understanding the importance of racial and ethnic diversity in educational curriculum, pedagogy, programs, and policies by bringing the community together to critically discuss the issues of race and racism and the impact these issues have upon the educational system as well as throughout the broader society.


The Race and Education Lecture Series is embedded in Colgate's remote and recent history. The remote history obligates us to directly address issues of access to education in our society - and the degree to which access and opportunity continue to be structured by race and ethnicity. The legacy is notably public: a quote from former Colgate President George B. Cutten in 1923 is on display at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum and argues for the dangers of immigration because of racial inferiority of immigrants entering the U.S. at the turn of the 20th Century.


The lecture series on Race and Education was initiated in 2001 as a result of student protestations that a Colgate building is named for former President Cutten. As a result of these protests, this annual lecture series was initiated to continue a dialogue about race on campus. The Department of Educational Studies was asked to host this lecture series.



Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 4:30pm

Olin Hall, Love Auditorium