The RACE WORKSHOP is an intellectual community of scholars interested in all facets of race scholarship. We meet weekly for a variety of events that include presentations by local and national figures, presentations by postdocs and graduate students, discussions of new books or relevant articles, discussions on the racial components of cultural artifacts such as movies, TV shows, or art, and discussions on how race matters in the academy. Please consult our "events" section for a more detailed listing of events this semester. To sign up for the mailing list, click here.  


  • Sociology Department
  • African and African American Studies Department
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Social Science Research Institute (SSRI)  
  • Program in Latino/a Studies in the Global South
  • Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality
  • Research on Education and Development of Youth (REDY) Program

Affiliated Faculty

  • Eduardo Bonilla-Silva (Sociology)
  • William Darity, Jr. (Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics)
  • Rebecca Bach (Sociology)
  • Mary Hovsepian (Sociology)
  • Linda Burton (Sociology)
  • Angel Harris (Sociology)


Spring 2015

Jan. 13 (Tues) at 1 pm, Soc/Psych 329: Meet & Greet

Jan. 20 (Tues) at 1 pm, Soc/Psych 329: Dr. Cathy Cohen, David and Mary Winton Green Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Chicago

Jan. 27 (Tues) at 1 pm, Soc/Psych 329: Dr. Charles Clotfelter, Z Smith Reynolds Professor of Economics at Duke University

Feb. 10 (Tues) at 1 pm, Soc/Psych 329: Dr. Danielle Lee, Postdoctoral Research Associate studying animal behavior, mammalogy, and behavioral ecology at Cornell University

April 14 (Tues) at 1 pm, Soc/Psych 329: Dr. Quincy Steward, Associate Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University

April 21 (Tues) at 1 pm, Soc/Psych 329: Dr. Mirielle Miller-Young, Associate Professor of Feminist Studies at University of Californiat-Santa Barbara

Fall 2014

Sept. 2 (Tues) at 1 pm, Soc/Psych 329: Meet & Greet

Sept. 9 (Tues) at 1 pm, Soc/Psych 329: Dr. Laura Lopez-Sanders, Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Sept. 16 (Tues) at 1 pm, Soc/Psych 329: Dr. Karla Holloway, James B. Duke Professor of English and Professor of Law and Professor of Women's Studies at Duke University

Sept. 23 (Tues) at 1 pm, Soc/Psych 329: Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman, Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of South Florida

Sept. 30 (Tues) at 1 pm, Soc/Psych 329: Dr. Gregory D. Squires, Chair of the Department of Sociology, Professor of Sociology and Public Policy & Public Administration at George Washington University

Oct. 21 (Tues) at 1 pm, Soc/Psych 329: Dr. Jennifer A. Jones, Assistant Professor of Sociology and faculty fellow at the Institute for Latino Studies at University of Notre Dame

Oct. 27 (Mon) at 1 pm, Soc/Psych 329: Dr. Tanya Hernandez, Professor of Law at Fordham University

Nov. 13 (Thurs) at 1 pm, Soc/Psych 329: Dr. Amada Armenta, Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of Pennsylvania

Nov. 18 (Tues) at 1 pm, Soc/Psych 329: Dr. Martin Ruef, Jack and Pamela Egan Professor of Entreprenuership at Duke University

Fall 2013

Sept. 24 (Tues) at 1pm, Gross Hall (SSRI West) 270: Dr. Jessica Barron, postdoctoral fellow at the Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality in the Social Sciences Research Institute at Duke University. Talk Title: Segregation in Everyday Life: Race, Place and an Urban Church

Sept. 30 (Mon) at 1pm, Soc/Psych 130: Dr. Kiese Laymon, contributing editor at Gawker and associate professor of English and co-director of Africana Studies at Vassar College. Book reading and discussion. His books are: Long Division and How To Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America.

Oct. 22 (Tues) at 1pm, Soc/Psych 329: Dr. Patrick Bayer

Oct. 29 (Tues) at 1pm, Soc/Psych 329: Dr. Zandria Robinson

Nov. 12 (Tues) at 1pm, Gross Hall (SSRI West) 230: Dr. Willie Jennings

Nov. 19 (Tues) at 1pm, Soc/Psych 329: Dr. Adriane Lentz-Smith

Spring 2014

Jan 14 (Tues) at 1pm, Soc/Psych 329: Meet & Greet

Jan. 21 (Tues) at 1pm, Soc/Psych 329: Dr. Claire Kim, Associate Professor of Political Science and Asian-American Studies, University of California Irvine - Talk Title: "Dangerous Crossings: Race, Species, and Nature in a Multcultural Age."

Feb. 11 (Tues) at 1pm, Soc/Psych 329: Tressie McMillian Cottom, PhD Candidate, Emory University - Talk Title: "Lower Ed: Inequality and The Rapid Expansion of For-Profit Colleges"

Feb. 18 (Tues) at 1pm, Soc/Psych 329: Dr. Joseph Jordan, Associate Professor of African American Studies and Director of the Stone Center for Black Culture and History, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

March 18 (Tues) at 1pm, Soc/Psych 329: Dr. Khiara Bridges, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Law, Boston University

March 25 (Tues) at 1pm, Soc/Psych 329: Dr. Hana Brown, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Wake Forrest University

April 8 (Tues) at 1pm, Soc/Psych 329: Dr. Moon-Kie Jung, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies and Sociology, University of Illinois

April 15 (Tues) at 1pm, Soc/Psych 329: Dr. Dawne Mouzon, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Rutgers University

Spring 2013

Jan. 15 (Tue) at 4pm, Soc/Psych 329: Dr. Roberta Spalter-Roth, ASA Director of Research and Development, and Dr. Jean Shin, Director of ASA Minority Fellowship Program present their research on race, social networks, mentoring, and PhD trajectories

Due to scheduling conflicts, this presentation has been CANCELLED: Feb. 25 (Mon) at 12pm, Soc/Psych 329: Dr. S. Japhet, Professor and Director; Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy in Bangalore, India

March 8 (Fri) at 1pm, Soc/Psych 329: Amanda Lewis, Emory University; talk title: "The 'New' Dynamics of 'Old' Inequality: School Racial Hierarchies in a 'Post-Racial' Age"

March 25 (Mon) at 12pm, Soc/Psych 329: Kaifa Roland, University of Colorado-Boulder; talk title: "Shades of Belonging in Cuban Tourism"

March 28 (Thur) at 1pm, Old Chem 101 - Liliana Angulo Cortés; talk title: "Devenir Negro, devenir minoritario. Deconstrucción de imaginarios de la marginalidad" 

April 9 (Tue) at 12pm, Soc/Psych 331 - Tabitha Grier-Reed, Duke University; talk title: "The African American Student Network: Social Support, Therapy, and Education"

April 16 (Tue) at 12pm, Soc/Psych 331: Saun Juhi Verma, Duke University

April 23 (Tue) at 12pm, Soc/Psych 331: Nisha Kapoor, Duke University

Fall 2012

Sept. 11 at 12pm, Soc/Psych 331: Meet and Greet Lunch - All are welcome to kick-off the new semester!

Sept. 20 (THURSDAY) at 5pm (SPECIAL TIME): Bandana Purkayastha, University of Connecticut; talk title: "Mechanisms of Racisms: Reflections on Some Contemporary Processes"

Sept. 25 at 12pm: Yasmiyn Irizarry, Mississippi State, talk title: "How Multidimensional Measures of Race Can Advance Our Knowledge of Racial Disparities" and Matthew Hughey, Mississippi State, talk title: "White Bound: Nationalists, Antiracists, and the Share Meanings of Race"

October 23 at 1pm (Please NOTE time change): Karolyn Tyson, UNC-Chapel Hill, talk title: "On Becoming a Cultural Object: 'Acting White' and Academic Achievement after Brown"

October 30 at 12pm: J. Kameron Carter, Duke Divinity School, talk title: "Racial Governance as Political Theology"

November 6 at 12pm: Ashleigh Rosette – Duke Business School, talk title: "Failure is not an option for Black women: Effects of organizational performance on leaders with a single versus dual-subordinate identities"

November 27 at 12pm:  Guy-Uriel Charles  - Duke Law School, talk title: "We the (Colored) People"

December 4 at 12pm: Michael Emerson, Rice University, talk title: “Skin Goes Deep: Color and Worship in the U.S.”

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