Lorraine Minnite

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Lorraine Minnite

Lorraine C. Minnite has taught American and urban politics at Barnard College since 2000. Prior to that she was the Associate Director of the Center for Urban Research and Policy at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs. Her research is concerned with issues of inequality, social and racial justice, political conflict and institutional change.

Professor Minnite has consulted with various labor, advocacy and governmental organizations which have relied on her expertise in voting, public policy and demographic patterns in New York City.


Professor Minnite has published on various aspects of political participation, immigration, voting behavior and urban politics, and is finishing a book on the politics of electoral rules tentatively titled, The Politics of Voter Fraud. With Frances Fox Piven and Margaret Groarke she is co-author of Keeping Down the Black Vote: Race and the Demobilization of American Voters, forthcoming from The New Press and The Myth of Voter Fraud, forthcoming from Cornell University Press[1].


Professor Minnite holds a BA in History from Boston University and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the City University of New York.

Demos Involvement

In 2009 Lorraine Minnite was a Senior Fellow of New York based think tank Demos.[2]

Project Vote

Minnite served on the board of Project Vote in 2008 and serves as its Director of Research.[3][4]

Left Forum board

In 2009, the Left Forum board included Stanley Aronowitz, Roderick Bush, Eric Canepa, Vivek Chibber, Nancy Holmstrom, Jamie McCallum, Lorraine Minnite, Frances Fox Piven, Hobart Spalding, Bill Tabb, Richard D. Wolf and Julia Wrigley[5].

Mapping Socialist Strategies

Mapping Socialist Strategies was convened from August 1-4 in Briarcliff Manor, NY, by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office. It brang together 100 influential progressives and leftists from across the United States, Canada, and Europe for an “un-conference” on socialist strategies.

Attendees included Lorraine Minnite..