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Dr. Clarence Lusane is a full Professor of Political Science, and Chairman of Howard University’s Department of Political Science. He is an author, activist, scholar, lecturer, and journalist. For more than 35 years, he has written about and been active in national and international human rights, Pan-Africanism, anti-racism politics, U.S. foreign policy, and social issues such as education, crime, and drug policy. He earned his B.A. in Communications from Wayne State University and both his Masters and Ph.D. from Howard University in Political Science.

As a scholar, researcher, and policy-advocate, he has traveled to over 70 nations. He has lectured on U.S. race relations and human rights in Brazil, Colombia, China, Cuba, Germany, Guyana, Guadeloupe, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Panama, Rwanda, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Turkey, and Ukraine among others.

In addition to his scholarship on global relations, Dr. Lusane has been an official international election observer in Haiti and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He spent two and one-half years living in London conducting research on racism and human rights in Europe, and working closely with European governments and institutions such as the European Union, the Council of Europe, and the Helsinki Commission, as well as many non- governmental organizations and community groups.

Dr. Lusane is the former Co-chair of the Civil Society Committee for the U.S.-Brazil Joint Action Plan to Eliminate Racial Discrimination, a bi-lateral agreement involving the U.S. and Brazilian governments and civil society in both nations. The venture created collaborative cross-national anti-racism projects in the areas of education, health care, employment, environment, and criminal justice.

He has taught and been on the faculty at Medgar Evers College, Columbia University and American University, and been a visiting professor and lecturer in the UK, Ukraine, France, Russia, S. Korea, New Zealand and Japan. Dr. Lusane has been a political consultant to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and many elected officials. He is also a former Commissioner on the DC Commission on African American Affairs.
In 2013, he served as a special on-air guest expert for C-SPAN’s coverage of both President Barack Obama’s second inauguration, and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. He frequently is interviewed or asked to provide commentary on both national radio and TV programs such as MSNBC, CSPAN, the Tom Joyner Show, and other popular programs.

His most recent book is The Black History of the White House. The book has been nominated for numerous awards and has been presented on two occasions at the White House. His other books include Colin Powell and Condoleezza 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; and Pipe Dream Blues: Racism and the War on Drugs among others.



"Clarence Lusane is one of America's most thoughtful and critical thinkers on issues of race, class and power."  

— Manning Marable, author and scholar


"Barack Obama may be the first black president in the White House, but he's far from the first black person to work in it. In this fascinating history of all the enslaved people, workers and entertainers who spent time in the president's official residence over the years, Clarence Lusane restores the White House to its true colors."  

— Barbara Ehrenreich, author


"Clarence Lusane recasts the whole of American history by revealing how slavery and emancipation, racial violence and civil rights, the black freedom movement and white supremacy, and dozens of unsung black heroes shaped the U.S. presidency and federal government in profound ways."  

— Robin D. G. Kelley, author and scholar

"In bringing to life the histories of racial exclusion and humiliation exercised from within the walls of the nation's most abiding symbol Clarence Lusane offers a searing reminder of the tenacious personal and political effort from the country's highest office it has taken to uphold racial privilege in the US. But this is a story too of the mountains that had to be climbed so courageously in the reach for freedom and ultimately as George Clinton has put it 'to make the White House black/brown' to represent all of America."

— David Theo Goldberg, author of The Threat of Race: Reflections on Racial Neoliberalism






  • The Black History of the White House
  • Race and Identity in the Age of President Obama
  • The Struggle for Equal Education
  • Globalization and African American Unemployment
  • Foreign Policy, Race, and the New American Century
  • Pipe Dream Blues: Racism and the War on Drugs
  • The Intersection of Jazz and International Relations