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    Rahsaan Maxwell Joins Political Science Faculty

    Rahsaan Maxwell joins the Political Science faculty as a tenured associate professor, coming to UNC from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he has been teaching since 2009.  Rahsaan’s research examines the politics of ethnic, racial, and religious minorities, with a focus on Western Europe.

    Born and raised in New York City, Rahsaan received his BA in 1998 from the University of Pennsylvania, where he double-majored in Political Science and History.  He did his graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, receiving his  MA in 2002 and his PhD in 2008.  A prolific younger scholar, his first book, Ethnic Minority Migrants in Britain and France: Integration Trade-Offs, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2012, and his articles have appeared in several of the discipline’s leading journals, including World Politics and Political Behavior.

    Rahsaan’s current research projects include a recently completed paper, “What Makes Muslims Feel French? Religiosity versus Civic Integration as Determinants of National Identification.”  As this suggests, Rahsaan will add an entirely new set of teaching interests to UNC’s curriculum, where he will teach courses in the general area of comparative political behavior such as “Diversity and Politics.”

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