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Ange-Marie Hancock

Associate Professor of Political Science and Gender Studies

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-6998
Office: VKC 327

Curriculum Vitae

Biographical Sketch

Ange-Marie Hancock is Associate Professor of Political Science and Gender Studies. Professor Hancock is the author of the award-winning The Politics of Disgust and the Public Identity of the “Welfare Queen,” (2004, New York University Press) and a globally recognized scholar of the study of intersectionality – the study of the intersections of race, gender, class and sexuality politics and their impact on public policy. Her second book, Solidarity Politics for Millennials: A Guide to Ending the Oppression Olympics (2011, Palgrave Macmillan) focuses on the development of intersectional solidarity as a method of political engagement for individuals, groups and policy practitioners in U.S. politics. She previously taught at Yale University, Penn State University and the University of San Francisco.

Hancock has appeared in multiple media outlets, most recently “The Melissa Harris Perry Show” and “The Young Turks.” She has been quoted in the New York Times, Forbes, and on She is a regular political expert on KCAL9’s Saturday morning news show, and has appeared on NPR’s “Marketplace,” “News and Notes,” and “the Pat Morrison Show.” During the 2008 election she served as an international expert in American Politics for the U.S. Department of State and during the 2008 presidential election.

She received her Bachelor’s degree from New York University and her M.A. & Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to graduate school, Hancock worked for the National Basketball Association, where under the mentorship of NBA Hall of Famer Satch Sanders she conducted the preliminary research and created the original business model for the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA).

With Nira Yuval-Davis, she is the co-editor of the new book series, The Politics of Intersectionality, from Palgrave-Macmillan. She is a founding co-editor of the Western Political Science Association’s Politics, Groups and Identities journal, a member of the APSA Executive Council, and a board member of the Liberty Hill Foundation.

Hancock is hard at work on an agenda-setting two-book treatment of intersectionality (Intersectionality: an Intellectual History and Scaling Up Stories for Justice) as well as a memoir, tentatively titled Run Away From Home


Ph.D. Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2000
M.A. Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1997
B.A. Politics, New York University, 1991

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Southern California, 08/2008-  
Assistant Professor, African American Studies & Political Science, Yale University, 07/2003-06/2008  
Assistant Professor, Political Science & Women's Studies, Pennsylvania State University, 07/2002-06/2003  
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Politics, University of San Francisco, 08/1999-06/2002  

Description of Research

Research Keywords

American Politics Political Theory Public Policy Race/Ethnic Politics Gender Politics Intersectionality

Research Specialties

American Politics, Political Theory, Public Policy Race/Ethnic Politics, Gender Politics, Intersectionality

Funded Research

USC Funding

College 2020. Taking the Next Step: Enhancing Graduate Education & Scholarship on Immigrant Integration: This project seeks to elevate USC to become the premier educational institution for the interdisciplinary study of immigrant integration & incorporation under the aegis of CSII., $300,000, 2011-2012   
New Directions in Feminist Research Directorship. The Pursuit of Intersectional Solidarity: This award provides funds for research and campus events that support the scholarship of the seminar director and faculty fellows, who were selected through a competitive process., $40,000, 2009-2010   

Affiliations with Research Centers, Labs, and Other Institutions

Center for Feminist Research, Faculty Affiliate,
Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration, Associate Director,
Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, Faculty Affiliate,
Shoah Foundation / Genocide Resistance Research Cluster, Faculty Affiliate,

Conferences and Other Presentations

Conference Presentations

"Black Community Organizing in the Obama Era: The Case of Los Angeles", National Conference of Black Political Scientists, Roundtable/Panel, Refereed Paper, Las Vegas, NV, National Conference of Black Political Scientists, 2011-2012   
"Intersectional Representation or Representing Intersectionality? Reshaping Empirical Analyses of Intersectionality", International Political Science Association Conference, Talk/Oral Presentation, Paper, Madrid, Spain, IPSA Research Group Women & Social Movements, Invited, 2011-2012   
"Large-N Intersectionality: Beyond the Parsimony vs. Complexity Debate", Western Political Science Association Conference, Roundtable/Panel, Refereed Paper, Portland, OR, WPSA, 2011-2012   
"Panel on Teaching Intersectionality", APSA Short Course on Women & Politics, Roundtable/Panel, Seattle, WA, APSA Women's Caucus, Invited, 2011-2012   
""Black Politics After Obama: Results from the Collaborative Multiracial Post-election Survey" ", Western Political Science Association, Roundtable/Panel, Refereed Paper, Vancouver, BC, Western Political Science Association, 2009-2010   
"Intersectionality Research Embracing Causal Complexity, Building Deep Political Solidarity", UCLA Critical Race Studies Symposium, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Abstract, UCLA Law School , UCLA Critical Race Studies Program, 2009-2010   
"Intersectionality to the Rescue", UCLA Critical Race Studies Symposium, Roundtable/Panel, Paper, UCLA Law School, UCLA Critical Race Studies Program, Invited, 2009-2010   
"APSA Theme Panel: Barack Obama and the Election of 2008", American Political Science Association, Roundtable/Panel, Refereed Paper, Boston, MA, 2008-2009   
"Intersectionality and the Oppression Olympics", APSA Short Course, Keynote Lecture, Paper, Boston, MA, APSA Women and Politics Section, Invited, 2008-2009   
"The Methods Café (Intersectionality Research)", American Political Science Association, Roundtable/Panel, Boston, MA, Interpretive Methods Section of APSA, Invited, 2008-2009   
"Intersectionality, the Oppression Olympics, and Black Women Academics", Black Women in the Academy, Roundtable/Panel, Abstract, New Brunswick NJ, Rutgers University, Invited, 03/04/2009-03/06/2009  
"Gender & Race in the 2008 Election", Masha Dexter Lecture, Roundtable/Panel, Paper, Providence, RI, Brown University Taubman Center for Public Policy, Invited, 10/19/2008-10/20/2008  

Other Research

Research Project on African American Philanthropy in Los Angeles for Liberty Hill Foundation, 2011-2012   



Hancock, A. (2011). Solidarity Politics for Millennials: A Guide to Ending the Oppression Olympics. New York, NY: Palgrave-Macmillan.
Hancock, A. (2004). The Politics of Disgust and the Public Identity of the "Welfare Queen". New York, NY: New York University Press.

Book Chapter

Hancock, A. (2012). Intersectionality: Intellectual Property or Meme?.
Hancock, A. (2012). Intersectional Representation or Representing Intersectionality? Reshaping Empirical Analyses of Intersectionality.
Hancock, A. "An Intersectional Analysis of Masculinity in the Political Thought of Frederick Douglass.". A Political Companion to Frederick Douglass Washington, DC.
Hancock, A. (2008). DuBois, Race and Diversity. pp. 86-101. London: Cambridge Companion to W.E.B. DuBois / Cambridge University Press.
Hancock, A. (2008). Black Female Athletes. (Vol. 2). pp. 1-10. Westport, CT: African Americans and Popular Culture / Praeger Greenwood Press.
Hancock, A. (2005). Overcoming Willful Blindness: Building Egalitarian Multicultural Women’s Coalitions. Greenwood Press: Female Circumcision and the Politics of Knowledge: African Women in Imperialist Discourses.

Book Review

Hancock, A. (2009). Dangerous Frames. How Ideas About Race and Gender Shape Public Opinion. International Journal of Public Opinion.
Hancock, A. (2008). Intersectionality, Multiple Messages and Complex Causality: Commentary on Black Sexual Politics by Patricia Hill Collins. Studies in Gender and Sexuality / Routledge. pp. 14-31.

Journal Article

Hancock, A. (2012). Empirical Intersectionality: Two Approaches. University of California, Irvine Law Review.
Hancock, A. (2012). Trayvon Martin, Intersectionality and the Politics of Disgust. Theory and Event. (15)
Hancock, A. (2011). "Intersectionality, Empirical Research, and Social Justice". DuBois Review: Social Science Research on Race.
Hancock, A. (2009). An Untraditional Intersectional Analysis of the 2008 Election. Politics and Gender / Cambridge University Press. Vol. 5 (1), pp. 96-105.
Hancock, A. (2008). Intersectionality as a Normative and Empirical Research Paradigm. Politics and Gender / Cambridge University Press. pp. 248-254.
Hancock, A. (2007). When Multiplication Doesn’t Equal Quick Addition: Examining Intersectionality as a Research Paradigm. Perspectives on Politics / Cambridge University Press. Vol. 5 (1), pp. 63-79.
Unah, I., Hancock, A. (2006). Supreme Court Decision-Making, Subissue Salience and the Attitudinal Model. Law and Policy / Blackwell Publishing. Vol. 28 (3), pp. 295-320.
Hancock, A. (2005). W.E.B. DuBois: Intellectual Forefather of Intersectionality?. SOULS: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society / Taylor and Francis. Vol. 7 (3-4), pp. 74-84.
Hancock, A. (2003). Contemporary Welfare Reform and the Public Identity of the ‘Welfare Queen’. Race, Class & Gender. Vol. 10 (1), pp. 31-59.


Hancock, Ange-Marie & Nira Yuval-Davis (Ed.). (2011). The Politics of Intersectionality. Palgrave-Macmillan.
Hancock, Ange-Marie & Evelyn Simien (Ed.). (2011). Mini-Symposium: Intersectionality Research: New Directions for Scholarship in Political Science and its Applied Use Across Fields. Political Research Quarterly / Sage Publications.
Hancock, A. (2009). Righting Feminism: Conservative Women and American Politics & Political Women and American Democracy. Perspectives on Politics / Cambridge University Press.
Hancock, Ange-Marie & Evelyn Simien (Ed.). (2008). Intersectionality Symposium. Political Research Quarterly / SAGE.
Hancock, Ange-Marie (Ed.). (2005). W.E.B. DuBois and the "Scientific" Study of Race. SOULS: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society / Taylor and Francis.
Hancock, Ange-Marie & Karen Bouwer (Ed.). (2003). UBUNTU: Humane Solutions and Success Stories from Africa. Peace Review / Taylor and Francis.

New Courses Developed

Film and Social Justice in Contemporary Los Angeles, FYI Seminar, "An Inconvenient Truth." "Waiting for Superman." "When the Levees Broke." "Crossing Arizona." All of these documentaries focus on issues of social justice that currently challenge the United States. Documentaries, however, are not the only media that examine issues of social justice – consider the films "Crash," "Follow Me Home," "Fight Club" and "Norma Rae," all feature films which focus on bringing matters of race, class, gender, and sexuality to the broader public. This FYI Seminar will examine the transformative power of film and new technology to push issues of justice onto the public agenda. Students will learn the method of visual ethnography as a tool of community empowerment and participatory action research. The 10-week seminar will include seminar discussions, visits from filmmakers and other guest speakers, a Visions and Voices event and a joint multimedia project, LA 2012, which will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the uprisings in Los Angeles., 2011-2012   

Honors and Awards

Best Book, National Conference of Black Political Scientists, 2006-2007   
Best First Book, APSA Organized Section on Race, Ethnicity & Politics , 2006-2007   

Service to the University

Administrative Appointments

Associate Director, 08/16/2010-08/15/2013  
New Directions in Feminist Research Seminar Director, 2009-2010   


Member, USC Government and Civic Engagement Faculty Advisory Committee, 08/15/2011-  
Member, University Strategic Planning Committee, 2011-2012   

Media, Alumni, and Community Relations

Local Media Expert: President Obama, 01/01/2010-  
Local Media Expert: Women & Politics, 01/01/2010-  
Panel Presentation to African American & Latino Leaders for Tomorrow, CA State Legislature, 2010-2011   

Other Service to the University

Meeting Facilitation: Provost's Leadership Retreat, Fall 2011   
Research Talk, Give to USC Campaign Kick-Off, Fall 2011   
Meeting Facilitation: Strategic Planning Committee Retreat, Spring 2011   

Service to the Profession


Member, Executive Council, American Political Science Association, 11/03/2011-11/02/2013  
Member, APSA Committee on the Status of Blacks, 09/01/2010-09/01/2013  

Conferences Organized

Lead Convener, PRIEC (Politics of Race, Immigration & Ethnicity Consortium), USC Tutor Center, Lead Convener with Jane Junn & Veronica Terriquez, 2011-2012   
Co-Chair, APSA Short Course on Intersectionality, Boston, MA, Co-Chair with S. Laurel Weldon and Georgia Duerst-Lahti, 2008-2009   

Editorships and Editorial Boards

Lead Editor, The Politics of Intersectionality, 09/01/2010-  
Co-Editor, Politics, Groups & Identities, 03/01/2011-03/01/2016  

Professional Offices

Executive Council Member, Western Political Science Association, 2009-2010   

Professional Memberships

American Political Science Association, 2009-2010   
Western Political Science Association, 2009-2010   

Media, Alumni, and Community Relations

Community Funding Board, Liberty Hill Foundation, -12/31/2011  
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