Michael Hanchard joined the faculty of the Political Science Department in 2007 as the inaugural Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor. A scholar of comparative politics specializing in nationalism, social movements, racial hierarchy and citizenship, Hanchard taught previously at Northwestern University, where he was a professor of political science and African American studies as well as director of the school's Institute for Diasporic Studies.
His books include Orpheus and Power: Afro-Brazilian Social Movements in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil, 1945-1988 (1994) (listed in Brazil as one of the top 10 books by foreign researchers about racism in Brazil) and Party/Politics: Horizons in Black Political Thought (2006). Hanchard has done fieldwork in Brazil, the United Kingdom, Cuba, Colombia, Ghana, Italy, and Jamaica, and has been the recipient of grants from the Ford, MacArthur, and Mellon foundations as well as the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Professor Hanchard holds a BA in international relations from Tufts University, an MA from the New School for Social Research, and a political science PhD from Princeton University.