Professor Paul Apostolidis initiated Whitman College’s project on The State of the State for Washington Latinos in 2005. He holds the Judge & Mrs. Timothy A. Paul Chair of Political Science and has taught in Whitman’s Politics Department since 1997.
Professor Apostolidis’s scholarly research bridges political theory, cultural studies, and the analysis of social movements. His new book Breaks in the Chain: Immigrant Workers’ Stories of Power in Late Modern America will be published in 2010 by theUniversity of Minnesota Press. Based on interviews with Mexican immigrant meatpackers who waged an extraordinary union campaign at a Tyson Foods beef plant in eastern Washington State, the book argues that immigrant workers take an active role in constructing the power-formations that subject them and thereby gain the ability to transform their circumstances. He is also the author of Stations of the Cross: Adorno and Christian Right Radio (Duke University Press 2000) and co-editor of Public Affairs: Politics in the Age of Sex Scandals (Duke University Press 2004).
Professor Apostolidis founded the State of the State program after several prior experiments in community-based research (CBR) courses at Whitman in partnership with a local immigrant workers’ union. He has taught each of the five groups of students that have worked on the project since its inception and secured funding for the project through a federal Learn & Serve grant administered by Princeton University. Professor Apostolidis has also worked to spur interest among faculty and administrators at other campuses in conducting public outreach about undergraduate CBR projects. He delivered a plenary lecture at the 2008 general meeting of the Council on Undergraduate Research and has led sessions at the annual conferences for schools participating in Learn & Serve grant.
Professor Apostolidis received his Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University in 1996, his M.A. in Government from Cornell in 1993, and his A.B. in Politics from Princeton University in 1986.
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