Ian Haney López UC Berkeley law professor; Senior Fellow, Demos; Author of 'Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class'

Ian Haney López is the John H. Boalt Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Senior Fellow at Demos.

His new book — Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class (2014) — emphasizes the connection between racial divisions in society and growing wealth inequality in the United States, laying bare how conservatives exploit racial pandering to convince many voters to support policies that ultimately favor the very rich and hurt everyone else.

One of the nation’s leading thinkers on how racism has evolved in the United States since the civil rights era, his writings have appeared across a range of sources, from the Yale Law Journal to the New York Times. He has previously written books on both white and Latino racial identity, respectively White by Law and Racism on Trial. A constitutional law scholar, he has also written extensively on how once-promising legal responses to racism have been hijacked and converted into restrictions on efforts to promote integration.

Haney López has been a visiting law professor at Yale, New York University, and Harvard, where he also served as the Ralph E. Shikes Visiting Fellow in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. He holds a master’s in history from Washington University, a master’s in public policy from Princeton, and a law degree from Harvard. In 2011, Haney López received an Alphonse Fletcher Fellowship, awarded to scholars whose work furthers the integration goals of Brown v. Board of Education.