Dom Apollon

Dom Apollon
Dom Apollon Dominique, Research Director, is a graduate of the University of Virginia (B.A., American Government, 1996), and received his doctorate in political science from Stanford University in 2003.  His dissertation, “Relieving the Toxic Burden?: Race, Hazardous Wastes, and the Politics of the Environmental Justice Movement” examined the distribution of toxic wastes in the state of California from 1989-1999, as well as the corresponding grassroots political activity and participation.  Dom has taught undergraduate seminars on the politics of race/ethnicity at Stanford University and Santa Clara University, and served as an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at California State University, Bakersfield, where he taught courses on U.S. Constitutional Law, Introductory American Politics, Environmental Politics, Congress, and the Presidency from 2004-2007.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Dom served as program coordinator for the 1999 Stanford University Conference on Race, “African Americans: Research and Policy Perspectives at the Turn of the Century,” and has presented research at conferences and institutions of higher learning in Albuquerque, NM, Chicago, IL, Des Moines, IA, New Haven, CT, Pomona, CA, and Riverside, CA among other U.S. cities.  He has participated in public forums and discussions on state elections, civil rights, civil liberties, environmental degradation and policy, and youth political mobilization.  An alumnus of the American Political Science Association’s Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (1995), he was also an award-winning opinion page columnist at The Cavalier Daily newspaper in Charlottesville, VA.

Dom currently serves on the Board of Directors of the San Quentin Prison-based non-profit organization California Reentry Program, and has volunteered for other Bay Area non-profits such as GRID Alternatives, Habitat for Humanity - San Francisco, Rebuilding Together (Midpeninsula), and StreetLaw for Youth (Stanford Law School chapter)

Bigots for Obama

by Dom Apollon on November 3 2008, 10:12AM

A friend who lives in Philadelphia recently sent me this City Paper article, “The Fishtown Effect: Can You Be Racist and Vote for Obama?”, about a notoriously racist, low-income white neighborhood in the City of (Not for that Kind…


Out of the Frying Pan into the Fire

by Dom Apollon on November 1 2008, 12:00PM

A law professor tracks policies that fail prisoners and their families.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Race-Baiting Leads Us Down the Wrong Path

by Dom Apollon on October 14 2008, 9:29AM

Getting Americans to understand the difference between 1) the more typically acknowledged racism of the overt and interpersonal nature, and 2) the more under-recognized and prevalent racism of the structural type is hard enough. But I have a sneaking…


Hurricane Devastation in Haiti and Cuba

by Dom Apollon on September 19 2008, 11:36AM

If you can still recite your ABCs and you are aware that the names of Atlantic Ocean tropical storms and hurricanes come from alphabetized lists created by the National Hurricane Center, you don’t have to read any articles, hear…

Topics: Global Affairs

Younger Generation to Define “American”

by Dom Apollon on September 11 2008, 1:38PM

I haven’t bought a copy of TIME – the weekly news magazine of choice in my parents’ household throughout my 1980s’ upbringing – for probably fifteen years. The fury I felt at the revelation of their deliberate darkening of…


Transnational Realities

by Dom Apollon on May 15 2008, 9:32AM

The xenophobic paranoia that demonizes undocumented immigrants as sub-human criminals and alien invaders who are somehow fulfilling a lifelong dream to flaunt American border laws out of disrespect, or as part of some strategic re-conquest of the west, so…

Topics: Immigration

Limbaugh’s ‘Dream’ is to Foment Riots

by Dom Apollon on April 24 2008, 2:23PM

This is a lovely excerpt from Rush Limbaugh’s show earlier this week (April 23, 2008). If you hadn’t already heard, he has launched “Operation Chaos” to encourage his Republican listeners to re-register as Democrats to vote for Hillary in all…


Living Near a Landfill

by Dom Apollon on April 8 2008, 7:13AM

“…[U]se of your well water should result in no adverse health effects…,” or “Don’t drink the water … Don’t use it to cook with. Don’t shower with it. Don’t wash your clothes with it.” Which of these messages would…