Books and Articles on Social Justice and Social Inequality basic page

Books by our faculty

The Torture Letters book coverThe Torture Letters (2020)
Laurence Ralph
"Combining insights from fourteen years of research on torture with testimonies of victims of police violence, retired officers, lawyers, and protesters, "The Torture Letters" is a powerful indictment of police violence and a fierce challenge to all Americans to demand an end to the systems that support it."





Televised Redemption Book CoverTelevised Redemption: Black Religious Media and Racial Empowerment (2016)
Carolyn Moxley Rouse, John L. Jackson, Jr. and Marla F. Frederick
“Televised Redemption exams the role media has played in humanizing black Americans. The book explores how, since the founding of the country, blacks have used media to shame whites for not living up to the ideals articulated in the Constitution or in the Bible. The end result has been the slow opening up of both legal and social rights for black Americans.”




Uncertain Suffering book coverUncertain Suffering: Racial Health Disparities and Sickle Cell Disease (2009)
Carolyn Moxley Rouse
“Through the lens of sickle cell disease, Uncertain Suffering explores the causes of racial health disparities in the United States; from physician discretion in the clinic to lack of investment in black communities generally.”




Fires of Gold Book CoverFires of Gold: Law, Spirit, and Sacrificial Labor in Ghana (2020)
Lauren Coyle Rosen
“Fires of Gold is an ethnography of the often shrouded cultural, legal, political, and spiritual forces governing the gold mining industry in Ghana, one of Africa’s most celebrated democracies. The book illuminates how the crucible of gold serves as a critical site for embodied struggles over the realignment of the classical philosophical triad: the city, the soul, and the sacred.”



Vita book coverVita: Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment (2013)
by João Biehl
"Zones of social abandonment are emerging everywhere in Brazil’s big cities—places like Vita, where the unwanted, the mentally ill, the sick, and the homeless are left to die. This haunting, unforgettable story centers on a young woman named Catarina, increasingly paralyzed and said to be mad, living out her time at Vita."



book cover for Renegade DreamsRenegade Dreams: Living Through Injury in Gangland Chicago (2014)
Laurence Ralph
"This book grapples with the consequences of the “war on drugs” together with mass incarceration, the ramifications of heroin trafficking for HIV infected teenagers, the perils of gunshot violence and the ensuing disabilities that gang members suffer. Investigating this encompassing context allows him to detail the social forces that make black urban residents vulnerable to disease and disability." Renegade Dreams received the C. Wright Mills Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) in 2015.  

Articles by our faculty

The New York Times’ Opinion Documentary: The Scars of Being Policed While Black
by Laurence Ralph (Supported by the David A. Gardner ’69 Magic Project Grants in the Humanities Council for innovation)

“New Articulations of Biological Difference in the 21st Century: A Conversation.”
by Agustín Fuentes & Carolyn Rouse

“It’s All Free Speech Until Someone Dies in a Pandemic.”
by Carolyn Rouse

Student Loan Debt and Racial Disparities: The Problem of Colored Lines
VizE Lab: Dignity and Debt - Student Debt and Racial Disparities

Social Media, Racial Violence and Confronting the Ensemble of Michael Brown
by Tiffany C. Cain

Activating and Deactivating Heritage Symbols
by Tiffany C. Cain

“Foreword” and “Ethnographic Sensorium” in Unfinished: The Anthropology of Becoming
By João Biehl

“How to Teach Anthropology in a Pandemic?” (with Onur Günay) in Somatosphere
By João Biehl and Onur Günay

Brazil LAB: Recalling the life and legacy of political activist Marielle Franco

Brazil LAB: Captured+Escaped: Storying Images of Slavery and Post-Abolition in Brazil

Brazil LAB: Black Feminisms across the Americas - Keynote address by Angela Davis

Contemporary Evolutionary Theory in Biological Anthropology: Insight into Human Evolution, Genomics, and Challenges to Racialized Pseudo-Science. Cuicuilco: Revista de la Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia 65(2):293-304
by Agustín Fuentes

A Troublesome Inheritance: Nicholas Wade’s botched interpretation of human genetics, history, and evolution.  Journal of Human Biology 86(3)
by Agustín Fuentes

Race and diversity in U.S. Biological Anthropology: A decade of AAPA initiatives. Yearbook of Physical Anthropology 165(S65):158-180
by Susan C. Anton, Ripan S. Malhi, Agustín Fuentes

Read an excerpt of Race, Monogamy and other lies they told you: busting myths about human nature University of California Press (winner: 2016 WW Howells award)
by Agustín Fuentes

In spring semester 2019, Professor Elizabeth Davis taught The Reality Effect (ANT 250). For the final project, students created original visual works along with writing about a subject of cultural or collective significance. Here are two projects from the course.

ANT250 ProjectAlex Levinger’s Erasure Poem Project



ANT250 ProjectAdia Weaver’s Photo Essay Project




The Increasing Diversity in Evolutionary Anthropological Sciences (IDEAS) program