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MY SCHOLARSHIP


An overall question guides my scholarship:  What is the relationship between the heterogeneous interpretations of race and the long-term staying power of racism and racial inequality?


Toward this end, I study race and ethnicity as a dynamic and ongoing practice with an emphasis on racism, meaning-making, and asymmetrical relations of power.  A thorough scholastic comprehension of race must move beyond views of static identities or ideologies.  Rather, an understanding of the processes and contexts that produce race, how race is imbued with particular meanings, and how race constrains and enables pathways of human action and order, is necessary. 


I situate my worldview against concepts of social life that are entirely individualistic and which analyze society only in terms of psychological make-up, skills, and atomistic behaviors.  These assumptions gesture toward a belief that social structures will magically change via one’s hard work, good intentions, or education.  History affords too many examples of participation by the “righteous,” “educated,” and “hard-working” in structures of oppression to allow any objective observer of social life to accept that notion that equitable or just social arrangements are based entirely on the redemption of the individual without direct attention to external social forces.

 

CURRICULUM VITAE


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HONORARY APPOINTMENTS


Visiting Scholar, Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race,  Columbia University (2016-2017)


Charles Phelps Taft Memorial Lecturer, University of Cincinnati (Oct 2016)


Visiting Professor, Universiteit Van Die Vrystaat (University of the Free State), Bloemfontein, South Africa (Sept 2016)


EDUCATION


University of Virginia

Doctor of Philosophy (Sociology)


Ohio University

Master of Education (Cultural Studies)

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (Women’s Studies)


University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Bachelor of Arts (Sociology)

“The function of the university is not simply to teach breadwinning, or to furnish teachers for the public schools, or to be a centre of polite society; it is, above all, to be the organ of that fine adjustment between real life and the growing knowledge of life, an adjustment which forms the secret of civilization.”


- W. E. B. Du Bois (Souls of Black Folk,

1903, p. 60)