Erica Townsend-Bell

 Associate Professor; Director, Center for Africana Studies

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213 Social Sciences and Humanities

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Ph.D., Political Science, Washington University in St. Louis, 2007
Curriculum Vitae in PDF or Word

Dr. Erica Townsend-Bell is Associate Professor of Political Science (Ph.D). Washington University 2007. She teaches courses in race and gender politics, social movements and qualitative methods, with an expertise in intersectionality, comparative equality, and Latin American politics.

Her research areas focus on the normative implementation of intersectionality, comparative racial politics, and the politics of inclusion. Her work has been published in Political Research Quarterly, Signs, The Oxford Handbook of Gender and Politics, Politics and Gender, and Palgrave's Intersectionality series, among other outlets. She is currently working on a book manuscript, Incorporating Difference: Implementing Intersectionality in Latin America.

Research Interests

Intersectionality, Comparative Race & Gender Politics, Latin American Politics, Social Movements, Qualitative Methods

Recent Publications

    • Townsend-Bell, Erica. Forthcoming. “‘We Came as Blacks and Left as Afro-descendants’: Uruguay, Affirmative Action, and the Creation of Subjects of Rights.” Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies.
    • Townsend-Bell, Erica.  Forthcoming. “Civil Society & Social Movements” in Political Science Is for Everybody, ed. Amy Atchison. University of Toronto Press.
    • Townsend-Bell, Erica. 2020. “Backlash as the Moment of Revelation.” In Backlash and the Future of Feminism [Special Issue]. Signs: Journal of Women and Society 45(2): 278-294.
    • Townsend-Bell, Erica. 2019. “Uruguay 2018: A Year of Mixed Signals and Open Questions.” Revista de Ciencia Política 39(2): 367-390.
    • Townsend-Bell, Erica. 2019. “Timid Imposition: Intersectional Travel and Affirmative Action in Uruguay.”  The Palgrave Handbook of Intersectionality in Public Policy, eds. Olena Hankivsky and Julia S. Jordan-Zachery, The Politics of Intersectionality Series. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, pp.733-747.
    • Townsend-Bell, Erica. 2014. "Whitening via Erasure: Space, Place, and the Census in Costa Rica.”  Journal of Latin American and Iberian Studies, JILAR, 20(3): 436-454.