James Meadows

Pronouns: he/him

Email: jcmeadows@wisc.edu

Advisor: Paige Glotzer

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I am writing an intellectual history of the idea of reverse racism. Because I plan to focus mainly on the idea’s 20th-century, United States manifestations, I will also investigate the historically contingent phenomena of affirmative action, its origins, and its middle-and late-20th-century evolutions. The advent of policies intended to engender race-based preferences in employment and higher education often foreshadowed changes in conceptions of meritocracy that either forestalled or enabled increasingly sophisticated articulations of reverse racism claims.


A.B. University of Chicago, M.A. Naropa University, M.A. University of Wisconsin Educational Policy Studies


  • U.S./North American History

Working Dissertation Title

  • A Genealogy of Silence: Courts, Colleges and a History of Reverse Racism