Recommended Readings and Information on Racism

Information Sources

1. #BlackInTheIvory on Twitter.

2. Particles for Justice.

3. Decolonizing Science Reading List by Chandra Prescod-Weinstein.

4. Social Distancing Deals a Triple Blow to People of Color by Tim F. Liao, Dan Steward, and Caitlin Vitosky Clarke, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 


Recommended Social Science Readings

Selections in bold written by UIUC faculty.

Bailey, Z.D., Krieger, N., Agénor, M., Graves, J., Linos, N. and Bassett, M.T., 2017. Structural racism and health inequities in the USA: evidence and interventions. The Lancet, 389(10077), pp.1453-1463. Full text here

N. Bates. 2017. Stereotypes of a black male (student-athlete) misunderstood, and it’s all good: The life of Eric Christopher Garrett. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Doctoral Dissertation. Full text here

T. Brown. 2008. Race, racism, and mental health: Elaboration of critical race theory’s contribution to the sociology of mental health. Contemporary Justice Review. 11(1) pp.53-62. Full text here

K. Chaplin, J. Montez de Oca. 2019. Avoiding the issue: University students' responses to NFL players' national anthem protests. Sociology of Sport Journal. 36, pp.12-21. Full text here

S. Harwood, M. Huntt, R. Mendenhall, J. Lewis. 2012. Racial microaggressions in the residence halls: Experiences of students of color at a predominantly white university. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. 5(3) pp.159-173. Full text here

R. Hogarth. 2017. Medicalizing blackness: Making racial difference in the Atlantic world 1780-1840. The University of North Carolina Press. Book info here




J. Lewis, R. Mendenhall, A. Ojiemwen, M. Thomas, C. Riopelle, S. Harwood. 2019. Racial microaggressions and sense of belonging at a historically white university. American Behavioral Scientist. Full text here

R. May. 2000. “The Sid Cartwright incident and more”: An African American male’s interpretive narrative of interracial encounters at the University of  Chicago. Studies in Symbolic Interaction. 24, pp.75-100. Full text here

C. Prescod-Weinstein. 2020. Making black women scientists under white empiricism: The racialization of epistemology in physics. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. 45(21) pp.421-447. Full text here

D. Roberts. 1997. Killing the black body: Race, reproduction, and the meaning of liberty. Pantheon Books. Book info here

H. Washington. 2006. Medical apartheid: The dark history of medical experimentation on black Americans from colonial times to the present. Harlem Moon. Book info here

D. Williams, M. Sternthal. 2010. Understanding racial-ethnic disparities in health: Sociological contributions. Journal of Health and Social Behavior. 51(S), pp. S15-27. Full text here

D. Williams, J. Lawrence, and B. Davis. 2017. Racism and Health: Evidence and Needed Research. Annual Review of Public Health. 40 pp 105-125. Full text here

D. Williams. 2018. Stress and the mental health of populations of color. The Journal of Health and Social Behavior. 59(4) pp.466-485. Full text here