Dr. Clarence Lusane is a full Professor of Political Science and International Relations, and the former Program Director for Comparative and Regional Studies in the School of International Service at American University. He teaches courses in comparative race relations, modern social movements, comparative politics of the Americas and Europe and jazz and international relations.
He is an author, activist, and scholar, and a well-respected expert in the areas of human rights, global race relations, U.S. elections and politics, and international relations. He has lectured on these topics in over 60 countries including China, Colombia, Cuba, England, France, Germany, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Japan, the Netherlands, Panama, S. Korea, Switzerland, and Zimbabwe among others.
He is the author of more than 100 scholarly articles and eight books on U.S. and Black politics, human rights, globalization, and European history. His most recent book is The Black History of the White House (City Lights), a comprehensive history of the White House from an African American
perspective, illuminating the central role it has played in advancing,
thwarting or simply ignoring efforts to achieve equal rights for all. The book has been nominated for numerous awards and he has led to two presentations on the book at the White House.
Lusane's other books include Colin Powell and Condoleeza Rice: Foreign Policy, Race, and the New American Century; Hitler’s Black Victims: The Experiences of Afro-Germans, Africans, Afro-Europeans and African Americans During the Nazi Era; Race in the Global Era: African Americans at the Millennium; No Easy Victories, a history of Black elected officials; African Americans at the Crossroads: The Restructuring of Black Leadership and the 1992 Elections; The Struggle for Equal Education; and Pipe Dream Blues: Racism and the War on Drugs.
Dr. Lusane's current research interests are in international race politics, human rights, and electoral politics. He is currently conducting research on the intersection of jazz and international relations; global economic factors affecting African Americans employment; and the impact of President Obama’s campaign and election on global discourses on race and identity.
Dr. Lusane is the former editor of the journal Black Political Agenda, and has edited newsletters for a number of national non-profit organizations. He is a national columnist for the Black Voices syndicated news network, and his writings have appeared in The Black Scholar, Race and Class, Washington Post, Oakland Tribune, Covert Action Information Bulletin, Z Magazine, Radical History Journal and many other publications. For nearly 20 years, he has won research and writing awards. His essay “Rhapsodic Aspirations: Rap, Race, and Power Politics,” won the 1993 Larry Neal Writers’ Competition Grand Prize for Art Criticism. In 1983, his article, “Israeli Arms to Central America,” won the prestigious Project Censored Investigative Reporting Award as the most censored story of the year.
He is a former co-Chair of the U.S. Civil Society Committee of the U.S.-Brazil Joint Action Plan for the Elimination of Racism, and was a longstanding board member of the Institute for Policy Studies. Currently, he is Co-Chair of the TransAfrica Forum Scholars Council. He is also a Commissioner on the District of Columbia's Commission on African American Affairs.