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Catherine Squires' research and teaching interests include the intersection of media, race, gender and politics.

Spoken or unspoken, issues of race and gender play role in campaign 2010, U of M expert says

October 18, 2010

The 2008 presidential election featured what were considered breakthroughs in gender and race politics – an African-American man running against a woman for the Democratic ticket and a woman as the Republican’s vice presidential nominee. As Minnesota prepares for the visit of President Obama this Saturday, what role are issues of race and gender playing in the 2010 election season?

A University of Minnesota expert who can comment on the prominence of race and gender issues in campaign 2010 is:

Catherine Squires, professor of Journalism, Diversity and Equality, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, College of Liberal Arts

Squires is the co-editor of the new book The Obama Effect, a multidisciplinary analysis of President Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, its context and its impact.

Squires says race and gender are playing major roles this election season, as witnessed in debates over the proposed Muslim community center in downtown New York City or federal health care reform.

“Now that President Obama is president, people seem to feel that they have license to be very explicit when it comes to issues of race, gender and religion,” Squires says. “The thinking is that if a black man won the presidency and a woman almost became president that means we are in a post-racial and post-gender era, ultimately leading to what are a kind of reverse identity politics narratives.”

Squires research and teaching interests include the intersection of media, race, gender and politics. For more information about The Obama Effect, see

To interview Squires, contact Jeff Falk, University News Service, or (612) 626-1720.

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