American Sociological Association

Sociologists Available to Comment on Critical Race Theory and White Privilege

Contact: Johanna Olexy, ASA Director of Communications, at (202) 247-9873, communications@asanet.org 

The Director of the Office of Management and Budget, the Office of the President, recently released a memorandum for the heads of executive departments and agencies on the subject of “training in the federal government.” The direction is to divert funds away from “any training on ‘critical race theory,’ ‘white privilege,’ or any other training or propaganda effort that teaches or suggests either (1) that the United States is an inherently racist or evil country or (2) that any race or ethnicity is inherently racist or evil.” This represents a fundamental misunderstanding of both critical race theory and the term white privilege and the extensive body of empirical research underlying them. The American Sociological Association has put together a list of scholars with expertise on this topic. These experts are available to answer media questions and provide perspective.

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Sociology, is well-known for his work on structural racism as well as for his analysis of color-blind racism. His book, Racism Without Racists, has become a classic for understanding the “now you see it, now you don’t” way we talk about race in contemporary America. Contact: eb48@duke.edu

Joe Feagin is the Ella C. McFadden Professor Distinguished Professor at Texas A&M University. He helped develop the systemic racism theory that was prior to critical race theory’s development. Over the years he has done research work on a variety of racism and sexism issues. Feagin has authored a number of books on this topic, including Systemic Racism: A Theory of Oppression. Contact: feagin@tamu.edu

Wendy Leo Moore is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Texas A&M University. A sociologist and lawyer, her work utilizes a critical race theory lens to empirically investigate the intersections of race, the law, and legal institutions. She has written about race and racism in educational and employment institutions and her current work interrogates how the race jurisprudence of the U.S. Supreme Court maintains and protects systemic white supremacy. She is the author of the award- winning book Reproducing Racism: White Space, Elite Law Schools, and Racial Inequality. Contact: wlmoore@tamu.edu

Jennifer Mueller is Associate Professor of Sociology and Director Intergroup Relations Program at Skidmore College. Her expertise is on how ignorance works to reinforce racism and various ways racial ignorance is produced and maintained at the institutional/organizational level and within everyday life (in terms of how individuals resist knowledge and learning). Her research explores the racial wealth gap and its historical relationship to state action (and inaction), racist asset policy, and private wealth transmission. Contact: jmueller@skidmore.edu

Victor Ray is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Iowa. His research applies critical race theory to classic sociological questions. His work has been published in the American Sociological Review, American Behavioral Scientist, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Contexts, Ethnic and Racial Studies, The Journal of Marriage and Family, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity and Sociological Theory. In addition to this research, he is also an active public scholar, publishing commentary in outlets such as The Washington Post, Harvard Business Review, and Boston Review. Contact: vray@uiowa.edu
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The American Sociological Association, founded in 1905, is a non‐profit membership association dedicated to serving sociologists in their work, advancing sociology as a science and profession, and promoting the contributions to and use of sociology by society. For media seeking to reach sociologist experts, contact Johanna Olexy, Director of Communications, at (202) 247-9873 or communications@asanet.org
 

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