Research Interests: Affirmative Action; Racial & Ethnic Politics; Civil Rights; Higher Education Law & Policy; Socio-Legal Studies; Law & Politics; Environmental Politics; Energy Politics; Resource Depletion; Ecological Limits to Growth.
Recent Courses: Law, Politics, & Society; Sex Discrimination & the Law; Civil Liberties & Civil Rights; American Government & Politics; Racial & Ethnic Politics in the U.S.; American Environmental Politics; The American Judiciary; Seminar in American Government.; Seminar in Law; Climate Change Science, Politics, and Policy.
Bio: Daniel Lipson’s teaching and research interests integrate American politics with socio-legal studies. For the past 15 years, his research has analyzed the paradoxical evolution and resilience of racial justice policies in post-civil rights America, focusing particularly on universities’ efforts to defend and reform affirmative action admissions policies in the face of anti-affirmative action litigation and ballot measures. His research has been published in Perspectives on Politics, Political Research Quarterly, and Law & Social Inquiry. More recently he has extended his research into a new area — the politics of resource depletion and ecological limits to growth — while continuing his research on affirmative action. His first publication in this new area came out in December 2011 in New Political Science.
2016. “Should All (or Some) Multiracial Americans Benefit from Affirmative Action Programs?” In Race Policy and Multiracial Americans. Edited by Kathleen Odell Korgen. Policy Press: 101-22.
2011. “Is The Great Recession Only the Beginning? Economic Contraction in an Age of Fossil Fuel Depletion and Ecological Limits to Growth.” December. New Political Science. 33 (4): 555-575.
2011. “The Resilience of Affirmative Action in the 1980s: Innovation, Isomorphism, and Institutionalization in University Admissions.” March. Political Research Quarterly. 64 (1): 132-144.
2008. “Where’s the Justice? Affirmative Action’s Severed Civil Rights Roots in the Age of Diversity.” December. Perspectives on Politics 6 (4): 691-706.
2007. “Embracing Diversity: The Institutionalization of Affirmative Action as Diversity Management at UC-Berkeley, UT-Austin, and UW-Madison.” Fall. Law & Social Inquiry. 32 (4): 985–1026.