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Institutions & Structural Racism

How have the building blocks of society – family, school, government and industry — created or co-opted discriminatory ideals and woven them into everyday life? 

These articles look at how social and behavioral research has identified the underlying issues and suggested ways forward for systems, governments, and policing.


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American Sociological Association Statement, Guidebook Back Teaching about Race and Racism

The American Sociological Association recently released a statement “urg[ing] public officials, educators, and lawmakers to avoid suppressing knowledge, violating academic and free speech, and prohibiting scholars and teachers from discussing and teaching about the roles of race and racism in society.

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Report Proposes Post-Bacc Programs to Increase Diversity in Academia

In the report “Post-Baccalaureate Bridge Programs: An Underutilized Tool for Strengthening Faculty Diversity,” authored by Senior Advisor Eugene Tobin, Senior Researcher Daniel Rossman, Senior Analyst Christy McDaniel, Vice President of Educational Transformation Martin Kurzweil and Managing Director Catherine Bond Hill, the underrepresentation of diversity in academia and mechanisms to increase it are discussed.


Doing Decolonizing 

Business schools and universities across the world are being swept up by a diversified array of decolonizing movements in response […]


Gurminder Bhambra on Three Challenges for Reparatory Social Science

Reflecting on work uncovering the colonial genealogies of foundational works in the social sciences, Gurminder K Bhambra argues for a reparatory social science and highlights three challenges that any reparatory project must face in order to be successful.  

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Why Social Science? Because It Can Help Fight Stereotypes in the World of Science

in a ‘Why Social Science’ post from 2020, the new leader of the National Science Foundation’s director for social and behavioral science discusses an NSF program to get more research money to minority-serving institutions.


David Williams on ‘The Virus of Racism’ at OBSSR’s Annual Matilda White Riley Event

Sociologist David R. Williams will address “The Virus of Racism” for the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research annual celebration of the legacy of Matilda White Riley.

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Diversity in the U.S. Government: Let’s Look at the Economists

A report from the Brookings Institution finds, at least in the case of economists, the U.S. government is roughly at the same place as academe when it comes to diversity.

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Journal Reviewers Can Help Ensure Indigenous Scholars Are Heard

Volunteer reviewers are one key obstacle – or ally – in seeing scholarship from indigenous authors makes into mainstream academic journals. Here are some tips to remove obstacles.


To Better Serve Students and Future Workforces, We Must Diversify the Syllabi

Ellen Hutti and Jenine Harris have quantified the extent to which female authors are represented in assigned course readings. In this blog post, they emphasize that more equal exposure to experts with whom they can identify will better serve our students and foster the growth, diversity and potential of this future workforce. They also present one repository currently being built for readings by underrepresented authors that are Black, Indigenous or people of color.

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Why Social Science? To Help Dismantle White Supremacy

A half-century of increasingly sophisticated research (e.g., on early childhood interventions, residential segregation, and neighborhood effects) and conceptual advances (e.g., critical race theory, intergroup relations, and stereotype threat) have given the country a much deeper understanding of inequality’s causes and consequences.


Diversity Training and the Future

Picture a standard corporate meeting room, participants crowded around a video of multi-racial actors acting out hypothetical office scenarios. They […]

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Risks of Institutional Capture in University Decolonization, And How to Create Meaningful Change

As conversations around decolonization in universities are being afforded greater urgency, some key risks of this institutional capture or inertia to wider decolonization efforts are described by Rima Saini.

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A 12-Step Program for Decolonizing the University: Archived Webinar

In this free one-hour webinar, public sociologist Rodney Coates, professor of global and intercultural studies and coordinator for Black World Studies at Miami University, Ohio, will outline his 12 steps for accomplishing decolonization on the university.


The Price of ‘Paying Your Debt to Society’ Extends Well Beyond Incarceration

here’s a fact Cynthia Golembeski learned while researching criminal justice reform and teaching college classes in prisons: the reason the transition to life outside the corrections system is so hard is that there are more than 44,000 indirect consequences of a criminal conviction.


Why Social Science? Because Institutional Racism Exacerbates our Health and Economic Challenges

Social science can help us in addressing racism, much of it unconscious, in our healthcare, employment, housing, banking, education, and criminal justice systems, which will be critical to meeting health and economic challenges going forward.

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How One University Shared Its Oppressive Past

For the first time, a Canadian university — the University of Guelph — is reconciling with its history of teaching eugenics. Few universities in Canada have looked closely at their historical involvement in oppressive research, teaching and practice. Fewer still have made their archives accessible.

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What Census Data Miss about American Diversity

In the current volume of ‘The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science,’ the editors ask: is the current census ethno-racial classification system doing a good job? Does it accurately reflect who we are, enabling us to track important social phenomena? Does it provide statistics helpful to understanding demographic dynamics and who we are likely to become in the years ahead?


What Does Research Say About Race, Diversity, Acceptance, and Hate?

This free collection of content from SAGE Publishing provides context in the wake of pivotal events, such as the deadly protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, that highlight the societal fault lines in the U.S. and across the globe.

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Watch William Julius Wilson Address Race in the Age of Trump

In his 2017 SAGE-CASBS Award lecture, noted social scientist William Julius Wilson offer his “Reflections on American Race Relations in the Age of Donald Trump,”

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Jennifer Hochschild on Race in America

In this Social Science Bites podcast, Harvard’s Jennifer Hochschild explains to interviewer David Edmonds some of the pertinent data points from her years of using quantitative and qualitative analysis to map the racial, ethnic and class cleavages in America’s demography.

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Explaining Donald Trump’s Hold on Many White Voters

New research conducted earlier in the current U.S. presidential campaign confirms the role that racial anxiety is playing for many white voters.


Simple But Powerful Solutions to Education’s Thorniest Problems

Brief educational interventions that draw on social psychology can have a big impact on seemingly intractable inequities in the classroom because students’ thoughts and feelings about school affect their experiences of it.

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If You Want an Academic Mentor, Try to Be a White Guy

Grad sudents looking for a professor to be a mentor had a better chance of getting a positive response – or a response at all – if they were white and male, according to a new study that broke down findings by discipline and whether a school was public or private.


Race, Gender, and Communication in the Workplace

Whether a manager is black or white, male or female, the stereotypes that persist in today’s workplace can affect perceptions […]


When the Boys Fit in Better Than the Girls

Racially integrated schools offer a number of benefits for students: they are able to expand their cultural outlooks, gain new friends, learn about those who are different, and get better educations at schools with better resources than they would otherwise attend. However, students may struggle with making friends, interacting across racial lines, developing an ethnic identity and with academic achievement

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Using Racism in the (International) Seminar Room

Over the last ten years I have encountered a range of racist discourse in the teaching environment.The first often emanates from international students who inadvertently make inaccurate generalisations based on racial difference. The second is formed within the seminar room, and emanates from British students towards international students.


In front of one’s nose

With the election of Barack Obama as president of the United States, many prominent public figures declared that America had “entered a ‘post-racial’ era.” But as sociologists Eduardo Bonilla-Silva and David Dietrich argue, “racial oppression is still systematic in America.”



The Road to Police Reform Runs Through Their Insurers

Rashawn Ray’s research suggests that political stalemates over law enforcement accountability could be resolved by shifting civilian payouts for police misconduct away from taxpayer money to police department liability insurance policies.


Article Collection Examines How to Prevent Police Killings

The recent police killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd have given new urgency to the seemingly intractable issue of fatal policy violence, and we offer the articles in the volume to inform the actions of those who work for a less-deadly future.


Police Officers Accused of Brutal Violence Often Have Extensive History of Citizen Complaints

As protests against police violence and racism continue in cities throughout the U.S., the public is learning that several of […]


Preventing Fatal Police Shootings: It Can Be Done – Archived Webinar

Learn about the real-life experience of an academic turned police chief, how social network analysis can help predict trouble, and how a better understanding of people with psychiatric or substance issues can help defuse (or even avoid) confrontations.


Racial Bias and the Criminal Justice System: Research for a Fairer Future

In the aftermath of the grand jury decision not to prosecute a white police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black teen, a paper in a new journal from the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences looks at the bias in the U.S. criminal justice system.