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Exploring the Far-Reaching Impacts of Institutional Racism

Racism in America

Faculty experts will examine how racism is embedded in education, criminal justice, health care and economic systems, as well as within U.S. government policy. Organized in partnership with the American Studies Program and open to the general public, this webinar series will explore research-based discoveries and potential solutions for combating systemic racism and improving equity.

Past Events

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310 N Triphammer Road
Africana Studies and Research Center, American Studies Program, Literatures in English
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Lawrence B. Glickman

Stephen and Evalyn Milman Professor in American Studies

307 McGraw Hall
History, American Studies Program
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Tejasvi Nagaraja

Assistant Professor

No Address Supplied
American Studies Program, Asian American Studies Program
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Erica Groshen

Senior Economics Advisor, Labor Dynamics Institute

No Address Supplied

References and resources

Alexander, Michelle, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. The New Press, Inc., 2010

American Economic Association Committee on Economic Statistics and National Economic Association, “Joint Session on Measuring the Economic Effects of Systemic Racism and Discrimination: A Summary.” February 2021 

Bell, Derrick. Faces at the Bottom of the Well:  The Permanence of Racism. Basic Books, 2018. 

Collins, Patricia Hill. Black Feminist Thought:  Knowledge, Consciousness and the Politics of Empowerment. Routledge, 2009.

Cose, Ellis. The Rage of the Privileged Class:  Why Are Middle-Class Blacks So Angry?  Why Should America Care? Harper Perennial, 1994.

Fuller, Charles.  “A Soldier’s Play.”

Glickman, Lawrence B. Buying Power: A History of Consumer Activism in America. University of Chicago Press, 2009. 

Glickman, Lawrence B. Free Enterprise: An American History. Yale University Press, 2019.

Glickman, Lawrence B. “How White Backlash Controls American Progress,” The Atlantic, May 21, 2020. 

Graham, Lawrence Otis. Our Kind of People:  Inside America’s Black Upper Class. Harper Collins Publishers, 1999.

Groshen, Erica L., “COVID-19’s Impact on the U.S. Labor Market as of September 2020,” Business Economics, Vol. 55, No. 4, October 2020.

Groshen, Erica L. and Holzer, Harry. "Labor Market Trends and Outcomes: What Has Changed since the Great Recession?” Upjohn Institute Working Paper 21-342, February 2021.

Hacker, Andrew. Two Nations:  Black and White; Separate, Hostile, and Unequal. Simon and Schuster, 2003.

Hsieh, Chang-Tai; Hurst, Erik; Jones, Charles I.; Klenow, Peter J. “The allocation of talent and U.S. economic growth.”  Econometrica, Vol. 87, No. 5, September, 2019.

Jack, Anthony Abraham. The Privileged Poor:  How Elite Colleges are Failing Disadvantaged Students. Harvard University Press, 2019.

Jan, Tracy. “A new gentrification crisis.” Washington Post, July 31, 2020

Jan, Tracy. “After prison, more punishment.” Washington Post, Sept. 3, 2019

Jan, Tracy. “The Forgotten Ferguson.” Washington Post, June 21, 2018

Jan, Tracy. “Reparations, rebranded.” Washington Post, Feb. 24, 2020.

Jan, Tracy. “The ‘whitewashing’ of Black Wall Street.”  Washington Post, Jan. 17, 2021.

Jenkins, Destin. “What Does It Really Mean to Invest In Black Communities?” The Nation, June 29, 2020

Kelley, Robin D. G. “What Did Cedric Robinson Mean by Racial Capitalism?” Boston Review, Jan. 12, 2017. 

Lacy, Karyn. Blue Chip Black: Race, Class, and Status in the New Black Middle Class. University of California Press, 2017. 

McGhee, Heather. The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together. Penguin, 2021. 

Manring, M.M. Slave in a Box:  The Strange Career of Aunt Jemima. University of Virginia Press, 1998.

Mitchell, Koritha. From Slave Cabins to the White House:  Homemade Citizenship in African American Culture. University of Illinois Press, 2020.

Nagaraja, Tej. “Reflections on Juneteenth.” ILR School, June 19, 2020.

Pitts, Steven. “Black Work Talk” podcast.

Pressley, Ayanna and Stein, David. “The Fed has a responsibility to reduce unemployment in the Black community.” CNBC, July 21, 2020

Richardson, Riché. Emancipation′s Daughters: Reimagining Black Femininity and the National Body. Duke University Press, 2021.

Taylor, Keeanga-Yamahtta. “How Real Estate Segregated America.” Dissent Magazine, Fall 2018.

Washington Post Staff. “George Floyd’s America: Examining systemic racism and racial injustice in the post-civil rights era.” Washington Post, Oct. 26, 2020

Wells, Ida B. Southern Horrors and Other Writings; The Anti-Lynching Campaign of Ida B. Wells, 1892-1900. Bedford/St. Martin's, 1996

Wilson, William Julius. When Work Disappears:  The World of the New Urban Poor. Penguin Random House, 1997.

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Jamila Michener

Associate Professor, Co-Director, Cornell Center for Health Equity

305 White Hall
American Studies Program, Government
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Jerel Ezell

Assistant Professor of Africana Studies

310 Triphammer Rd.
Africana Studies and Research Center, American Studies Program, Sociology
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Neil Lewis Jr.

Assistant Professor of Communication

No Address Supplied
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Dr. Susana Morales

Vice Chair for Diversity, Associate Professor, Weill Cornell Medicine

References and resources

Bajaj, SS. and Stanford, FC. Beyond Tuskegee — Vaccine Distrust and Everyday Racism. The New England Journal of Medicine. February 4, 2021; 384:e12.

Ezell, J. M., Salari, S., Rooker, C., and Chase, E.  C. Intersectional Trauma: COVID-19, the Psychosocial Contract, and  America’s Racialized Public Health Lineage.  Traumatology. January 2021.

Johnson, Akilah. Death in the prime of life: Covid-19 proves especially lethal to younger LatinosWashington Post, March 15, 2021.

Johnson, Akilah and Nina Martin. How COVID-19 Hollowed Out a Generation of Young Black MenProPublica, December 22, 2020.

Johnson, Akilah and Talia Buford. Early Data Shows African Americans Have Contracted and Died of Coronavirus at an Alarming RateProPublica. April 3, 2020.

Johnson, Akilah and The Spotlight Team. BOSTON. RACISM. IMAGE. REALITY. Boston Globe, December 10, 2017.

Krieger, N. ENOUGH: COVID-19, Structural Racism, Police Brutality, Plutocracy, Climate Change—and Time for Health Justice, Democratic Governance, and an Equitable, Sustainable Future. American  Journal of Public Health. October 7, 2020. 110, no. 11: pp. 1620-1623.

Lewis, Jr., Neil. COVID-19 reminded us of just how unequal America isFiveThirtyEight, March 29, 2021.

Michener, Jamila. Race, Politics and the Affordable Care ActJournal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. August 2020; 45 (4): 547–566.

Michener, Jamila. Fragmented Democracy: Medicaid, Federalism and Unequal PoliticsCambridge University Press, 2018.

Onyeador, I., Hudson, S. T. J., & Lewis, N. A., Jr. Moving beyond implicit bias training: Policy insights for increasing organizational diversity. Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 2021, Vol. 8(1) 19-26.

Safo S., Torres-Burgos D., McWIlliams G. and  Morales S. Commentary: New York, let’s talk about the COVID-19 vaccine. NY Amsterdam News, February 4, 2021.  

Song, H., Lewis, N. A., Jr., et al. What counts as an “environmental” issue? Differences in environmental issue conceptualization by race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. Journal of Environmental Psychology. 2020.

Russell D. and Morales S. Opinion: NY’s Vaccine Plan Must Include Education, Similar to Census Outreach. City Limits, March 2, 2021.

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Margaret Washington

Marie Underhill Noll Professor of American History
American Studies Program, History, Religious Studies Program
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Russell Rickford

Associate Professor

364 McGraw Hall
Africana Studies and Research Center, American Studies Program, History
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Ella Maria Diaz

Associate Professor

250 Goldwin Smith Hall
American Studies Program, Latina/o Studies Program, Literatures in English
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Christine Bacareza Balance

Associate Professor

426 Schwartz Center
Asian American Studies Program, Performing and Media Arts
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Aziz F. Rana

Richard and Lois Cole Professor of Law

Myron Taylor Hall
American Studies Program, Asian American Studies Program, Institute for Comparative Modernities

References and resources:

Anderson, Carol E. White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide. Bloomsbury Publishing. 2016

Bacareza Balance, Christine and Lucy San Pablo Burns. California Dreaming: Movement & Place in the Asian American Imaginary. University of Hawaii Press. 2020

Bacareza Balance, Christine. Tropical Renditions: Making Musical Scenes in Filipino America. Duke University Press. 2016

Boggs, Grace Lee. Living for Change: an Autobiography. University of Minnesota Press. 2016

brown, adrienne maree. Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds. AK Press. 2017

Diaz, Ella Maria. José Montoya. University of Minnesota Press. 2020

Diaz, Ella Maria. Flying Under the Radar with the Royal Chicano Air Force: Mapping a Chicano/a Art History. University of Texas Press. 2017

Kelley, Robin. Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination. Beacon Press. 2003

Ishizuka, Karen. Serve the People: Making Asian American in the Long Sixties. Verso. 2016

Maeda, Daryl. Chains of Babylon: the Rise of Asian America. University of Minnesota Press. 2009

Marable, Manning. Race, Reform & Rebellion: The Second Reconstruction and Beyond in Black America, 1945-2006. University Press of Mississippi. 2007

Okihiro, Gary. Third World Studies: Theorizing LiberationDuke University Press. 2016

Rickford, Russell. We Are an African People: Independent Education, Black Power, and the Radical ImaginationNew York: Oxford University Press. 2016

Rana, Aziz. The Two Faces of American Freedom. Harvard University Press. 2014

Taylor, Sonya Renee. The Body Is Not an Apology: the Power of Radical Self-Love. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc. 2018

Washington, Margaret. Sojourner Truth's America. University of Illinois Press. 2009


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Kendra Bischoff

Associate Professor

323 Uris Hall
American Studies Program, Center for the Study of Inequality, Sociology
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Sergio I Garcia-Rios

Assistant Professor

214 White Hall
American Studies Program, Government, Latina/o Studies Program
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Daniel T. Lichter

Ferris Family Professor of Policy Analysis and Management
Center for the Study of Inequality, Sociology

References and resources:

Hansberry, Lorraine. A Raisin in the Sun: A Drama in Three Acts. New York: Random House, 1959.

Harlan, Louis R. Separate and Unequal: Public School Campaigns and Racism in the Southern Seaboard States, 1901-1915. University of North Carolina Press, 1958.

Harris, Adam and Adraint Khadafhi Bereal (photographer). "The Black Yearbook: Photos from the University of Texas at Austin," The Atlantic, September 2020 issue.

Harris, Adam. "The Limits of Desegregation in Washington, D.C.," The Atlantic, September 29, 2020.

Harris, Adam. "The Undoing of a Tennessee Town," The Atlantic, September 29, 2020.

Harris, Adam. "The Persistence of Segregation in South Carolina," The Atlantic, September 29, 2020.

Joffe-Walt, Chana. "Nice White Parents," (podcast) Serial and the New York Times, July 23, 2020.

Jones, Nikole Hannah. "The Problem We All Live With," This American Life, WBEZ Chicago, July 31, 2015. 

Massey, Douglas S. and Nancy A. Denton. American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the UnderclassHarvard University Press, 1998.

Myrdal, Gunnar and Ralphe Bunche. An American Dilemma: The Negro Problem and Modern DemocracyHarper & Brothers, 1944.

Rooks, Noliwe. Cutting School: The Segrenomics of American Education. New York: The New Press, 2017.

Taylor, Keanga-Yamata. Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership. University of North Carolina Press, 2019.

United States, National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders. Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (Kerner Report). February 29, 1968.

Wilkerson, Isabelle. Caste: The Origins of our Discontents. New York: Random House, 2020.

Wilkerson, Isabelle. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration. New York: Random House, 2010.

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Peter K. Enns

Professor, Executive Director of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, Co-Director of the Cornell Center for Social Sciences

205 White Hall
Government, American Studies Program
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Anna R. Haskins

Assistant Professor

354 Uris Hall
American Studies Program, Center for the Study of Inequality, Sociology
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Sabrina Karim

Hardis Family Assistant Professor

315 White Hall
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Joseph Margulies

Professor of Practice

216 White Hall
Government, American Studies Program

References and resources

Alexander, Michelle. The New Jim Crow : Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. New York: [Jackson, Tenn.]: New Press; Distributed by Perseus Distribution, 2010.

Blackmon, Douglas A. Slavery By Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II. Anchor Books, 2009

Blair, Robert, Sabrina Karim, Benjamin Morse, 2019. “Establishing the Rule of Law in Weak and War-torn States: Evidence from a Field Experiment with the Liberian National Police,” American Political Science Review, 113(3): 641–657

Davis, Angela Yvonne. Are Prisons Obsolete? New York: Seven Stories Press, 2003.

Enns, Peter. Incarceration Nation: How the United States Became the Most Punitive Democracy in the World. Cambridge University Press, 2016.

Forman, James. Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017.

Gilmore, Ruth Wilson. Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California. 1st ed., University of California Press, 2007. 

Haskins, Anna R., Mariana Amorim, and Meaghan Mingo. 2018. “Parental Incarceration and Child Outcomes: Those at Risk, Evidence of Impacts, Methodological Insights, and Areas of Future Work.” Sociology Compass 12:e12562 1-14. 

Haskins, Anna R. and Hedwig Lee. 2016. “Reexamining Race when Studying the Consequences of Criminal Justice Contact for Families.” ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 665: 224-230.

Hubler, Shawn and Julie Bosman. "A Crisis That Began With an Image of Police Violence Keeps Providing More." New York Times, June 5, 2020.

Jackson, George, 1941-. Soledad Brother; the Prison Letters of George Jackson. New York :Coward-McCann, 1970.

Karim, Sabrina. "Relational State Building in Areas of Limited Statehood: Experimental Evidence on the Attitudes of the Police.American Political Science Review 114.2 (2020): 536-551.

Muhammad, Khalil G. The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America. Harvard University Press, 2010.

Richie, Beth. Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence and America’s Prison Nation. NYU Press, 2012.

Robertson, Campbell. "Crime Is Down, Yet U.S. Incarceration Rates Are Still Among the Highest in the World." New York Times, April 25, 2019.

Schrader, Stuart. Badges without borders: how global counterinsurgency transformed American policing. Vol. 56. University of California Press, 2019.

Stevenson, Bryan. "Slavery gave America a fear of black people and a taste for violent punishment. Both still define our criminal-justice system." New York Times Magazine, August 14, 2019.

Wacquant, Loic. "Deadly Symbiosis: When Ghetto and Prison Meet and Mesh." Punishment & Society. 2001;3(1):95-133. doi:10.1177/14624740122228276

Woodfox, Albert. Solitary: Unbroken by Four Decades in Solitary Confinement. My Story of Transformation and Hope. New York: Grove Press, 2019.