Publications

Law and Power in the Post-Cold War Era

Kamari Maxine Clarke and Mark Goodale, Eds. Mirrors of Justice is a groundbreaking study of the meanings of and possibilities for justice in the contemporary world. The book brings together a group of both prominent and emerging scholars to reconsider the relationships between justice,...

A Poem for Barack Obama's Presidential Inauguration

Elizabeth Alexander crafted the poem for the occasion, drawing inspiration from poets such as Gwendolyn Brooks, Robert Hayden, and Walt Whitman. Alexander is one of our nation’s most eloquent poets, and she spoke at the most closely watched inauguration in U.S. history. Alexander is the...
David Blight

The Civil War in American Memory

No historical event has left as deep an imprint on America’s collective memory as the Civil War. In the war’s aftermath, Americans had to embrace and cast off a traumatic past. David Blight explores the perilous path of remembering and forgetting, and reveals its tragic costs to race relations and...
Hazel Carby

Who are the “race men” standing for black America? It is a question Hazel Carby rejects, along with its long-standing assumption: that a particular type of black male can represent the race. A searing critique of definitions of black masculinity at work in American culture, Race Men shows how these...
Kobena Mercer

In the Modernist Tradition

Romare Bearden Foundation | July 2012 | ISBN: 978-0615202914 | Pbk., 134 pages View Kobena Mercer’s faculty page: Kobena Mercer
Elijah Anderson

Race, Class, and Change in an Urban Community

In a powerful, revealing portrait of city life, Anderson explores the dilemma of both blacks and whites, the underclass and the middle class, caught up in the new struggle not only for common ground—prime real estate in a racially changing neighborhood—but for shared moral community. Blacks and...

In The Black Interior, poet Elizabeth Alexander explores a wide spectrum of contemporary African American artistic life through literature, paintings, film, and popular media, and discusses its place in current culture. She examines the vital role of such heavyweight literary figures as Gwendolyn...

Christopher J. Lebron contends that it is the duty of political thought to address the moral problems that attend racial inequality and to make those problems salient to a democratic polity. Thus, in The Color of Our Shame, he asks two major questions. First, given the success of the Civil Rights...
Robert Stepto

A Norton Critical Edition

Co-Editor: Jennifer Rae Greeson This Norton Critical Edition of The Conjure Stories arranges the tales chronologically by composition date, allowing readers to discern how Chesnutt experimented with plots and characters and with the idea of the conjure story over time. With one exception, the text...
Elijah Anderson

Race and Civility in Everyday Life

An acclaimed sociologist illuminates the public life of an American city, offering a major reinterpretation of the racial dynamics in America. Elijah Anderson, called “one of our best urban ethnographers” by the New York Times Book Review, introduces the concept of the “cosmopolitan canopy”: the...

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