The 2020 Winant Lecture in American Government was given by Professor Margaret Weir (Brown University) on 'Race and the Problem of the Public in Postwar America'. A recording is now available on the University podcasts platform. Recordings of this and many other RAI events are also linked from the RAI lecture recordings page.
Margaret Weir is Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs at Brown University, and Oxford's John G. Winant Visiting Professor of American Government for 2019-20. Before coming to Brown in 2016, she was the Avice M Saint Chair in Public Policy and Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research centers on social policy, poverty, and urban politics in the United States and Europe. She is the author and editor of several books, including Schooling for All: Race, Class and the Decline of the Democratic Ideal (coauthored with Ira Katznelson, Basic Books); and Politics and Jobs: The Boundaries of Employment Policy in the United States (Princeton University Press), The Politics of Social Policy in the United States (with Ann Shola Orloff and Theda Skocpol, Princeton University Press) and The Social Divide (Brookings and Russell Sage). She is currently working on a book about the politics of spatial inequality in American metropolitan areas.