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Megan Ming Francis *08

Megan Ming Franci

Megan Ming Francis is a visiting associate professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and associate professor of political science at the University of Washington. Francis specializes in the study of American politics, with broad interests in criminal punishment, black political activism, philanthropy, and the post-Civil War South.

She is the author of the award-winning book, “Civil Rights and the Making of the Modern American State,” which tells the story of how the early campaign against state-sanctioned racial violence of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People shaped the modern civil rights movement. Francis’ extensive archival analysis shows that the battle against lynching and mob violence in the first quarter of the 20th century was pivotal to the development of civil rights and the growth of federal court power.

Francis is currently at work on a second book that examines the role of convict leasing in the rebuilding of Southern political power and modern capitalism after the Civil War.


Wake Up, Everybody! Thriving In Today’s Racial Climate

Saturday, October 5

An interactive discussion about how we can successfully communicate and network with friends (and everyone else!) in today’s polarized world.

David Campt ’82, Founder, Ally Conversation Toolkit
Megan Ming Francis *08, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Washington