Dr. Christopher Whitt

Political Analyst

Dr. Christopher Whitt is an Associate Professor and the Chair in the Political Science department at Augustana College. He also is the Director of Augustana College’s Center for Inclusive Leadership and Equity. His Ph.D in Government & Politics (Political Science) was earned at the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Whitt is Augustana’s expert on American government and politics, the Presidency, political behavior, minority politics, and gender politics. He is also a leader at the college in community, faculty, and overall workforce diversity efforts. In addition to his roles at the college he is also the Political Analyst for KWQC, the Quad Cities’ NBC television affiliate. He also provides political analysis and commentary on the Quad Cities’ NPR affiliate, WVIK. Over the years, Dr. Whitt has taken on the role of one of the most prominent voices of political analysis in the Quad Cities region and even provides analysis internationally for France24’s English broadcast.

A native of Baltimore, Maryland; Dr. Whitt has been living in the Quad Cities since 2007 when he started teaching at Augustana. He is one of the principle founders of the college’s Africana Studies program. His doctoral research was on the impact of the racial wealth gap on Black political participation and he continues to incorporate those themes into his work inside and outside the classroom. For years, he has served on the college’s Diversity Initiatives Committee. His courses include “Race, Wealth and Inequality in American Politics,” “Women & Politics,” “Intro to American Government,” “The American Presidency,” “Parties and Politics,” among others.

On a national level Dr. Whitt serves on the Executive Leadership Council of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists working in part to foster political relationships and opening media/public-speaking opportunities for members. He has worked closely with both NAACP chapters in the Quad Cities region, the Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce and many other organizations and movements in the Quad Cities area. He is one of the organizers of the Quad Cities Empowerment Network, a rather newly formed organization inspired in part by the National Urban League with a centralized focus on the economic and political empowerment of the Quad Cities’ Black community. Along with civic and business leaders from the Quad Cities Region, Dr. Whitt has become a leader on lobbying trips to state capitals as well as Washington, DC and now serves on the QC Chamber’s Business Advisory Council. Over the past few years he has served on the Q2030 Region Vision’s Steering Committee and is currently is a Loaned Expert working to refine the plan.

For his work in the classroom and in the community Dr. Whitt has been awarded some very impressive honors in as the National Conference of Black Political Scientists’ “2013 Teacher of the Year,” The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce’s “2013 Leaders Under 40,” and the Rock Island, Illinois “2014 Citizen of the Year in the Professional Category” among others. As a scholar-activist in the mold of his mentors at the University of Maryland, Dr. Ronald Walters and Dr. Linda Faye Williams; Dr. Whitt immerses himself in efforts to build stronger communities and a stronger nation through fighting for justice and educating the public on pressing political issues and political structures. His commitment to public scholarship and justice work shines through in his teaching, public-speaking, activism, scholarship, and other forms of service.

Ways to Connect

DIFFRINT is a quarterly event where artists and storytellers use their crafts to tackle difficult topics. In this episode, Dr. Christopher Whitt talks to Brandon Carleton, the organizer of these events.

In the most recent episode of Margins, Dr. Christopher Whitt talked with April Johnson about diversity in institutions, like churches and universities. Johnson is the executive director of Reconciliation Ministry for the Christian Church Disciples of Christ.

There was so much to talk about that Johnson is back in this episode to continue the conversation. 

After a summer hiatus, Dr. Christopher is back with more conversations with change agents.

Crews remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E Lee from Lee Circle in New Orleans.
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Thursday morning, President Trump took to Twitter to say removing the statues of Confederate generals meant removing "beauty" from American cities, towns and parks. 

A couple months ago, Dr. Melanye Price joined Margins to talk about her book “The Race Whisperer: Barack Obama and the Political Uses of Race.” Now, Price joins Margins again to talk more broadly about race under the Trump administration, as well as being a black political scientist and college professor.

Dr. Christopher Whitt has a conversation about diversity, inclusion and equity in the workforce.

The Race Whisperer: Barack Obama and the Political Uses of Race
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Dr. Christopher Whitt talks with Dr. Melanye Price, author of The Race Whisperer: Barack Obama and the Political Uses of Race.

Recently, Maria Hinojosa was in the Quad Cities for the Ellwood F. Curtis Family Lectureship at Augustana College. The title of her talk was "Owning Our Power and Our Voice." 

President Donald Trump at CPAC 2017 on February 24
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Political analyst Dr. Christopher Whitt discusses President Trump's first 100 days in office, including the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, missile strikes in Syria and his executive orders.

In the first episode of "Margins," Dr. Christopher Whitt talks with Berlinda Tyler-Jamison, president of the Rock Island County NAACP, and Rev. Dwight Ford, pastor of Grace City Church in Rock Island.

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