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Project Collaborator

Michael Weaver

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science University of British Columbia


Michael Weaver (PhD Yale) examines the politics of violence, in particular, contests over the legitimacy of state and non-state violence, how changes in these public norms constrain and enable violence, as well as the causes and consequences of ethnic violence.

His current project, a book on the public acceptability of lynching, argues that changes in the reach and inclusivity of publicity enable and constrain both criticism and justification of violence. This work draws on extensive historiography of lynching and novel historical newspaper data to trace both the emergence and rise to dominance of white supremacist narratives that justified lynching in the wake of Reconstruction as well as the proliferation of critiques levelled by both African Americans and white opponents of lynching.

To learn more, visit his faculty profile.


Wires and Rails

2017 – 2018