June 9, 2020

Resources to better understand race, racism, and policing

Read, watch, and listen to these 60-plus recommendations from UCR faculty and staff members

Author: UCR News
June 9, 2020

In the wake of the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, we asked faculty and staff members at the University of California, Riverside, who study race, racism, policing, and incarceration to offer their recommendations for resources to learn more about these issues in the U.S. The following list of media — which will be updated on an ongoing basis to reflect new submissions — so far features the input of 10 members of the UCR community:

Jody Benjamin, assistant professor of history: Benjamin explores the 18th- and 19th-century historical processes that reshaped western Africa up to the early colonial period and led to the construction of elastic notions of race/ethnicity, gender, class, and other social identifications.

Alisa Bierria, assistant professor of ethnic studies: Bierria has spent years writing, teaching, and organizing on issues of racialized gender violence, state violence, and redress. She is also part of Survived and Punished, a national project that develops policy and research strategies to challenge the criminalization of survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

Loren Collingwood, associate professor of political science: Collingwood’s research on American politics focuses on race and ethnicity, campaigns and elections, public opinion, and political behavior. He is involved in a project looking at private prisons and immigrant detention, and has studied how media coverage of protests may cause shifts in public opinion. 

Aerika Brittian Loyd, associate professor of psychology: Loyd’s psychology research is geared toward providing recommendations for culturally informed youth practice, prevention, and policy. In particular, she examines how intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, and identity inform health and development for youth and young adults of color.

Carolyn B. Murray, professor of psychology: Broadly, Murray’s research covers ethnicity, race, and health, and she has published extensively on doctor-patient interactions, how culture factors into health, and the link between racism and mental health. Her work extends to activism geared primarily toward addressing health disparities in black communities.

Carol K. Park, researcher at the Young Oak Kim Center for Korean American Studies: Park was 12 years old and working weekends in her mother’s gas station in Compton when the Los Angeles civil unrest of 1992 — widely known as the L.A. riots — began. Her book “Memoir of a Cashier: Korean Americans, Racism, and Riots” (2017) recounts the experience, and her research charts the larger story of Korean Americans. 

Raquel M. Rall, assistant professor of higher education: Rall studies leadership and governance of higher education, and how those structures play a role in promoting or hindering equity on college campuses. Through her research, she seeks to identify best practices to increase access to and success in higher education for traditionally marginalized communities.

Roberto “Bobby” Rivera, doctoral candidate in sociology: A former law enforcement officer, Rivera now examines holistic approaches to policing that consider the larger environments in which crimes occur rather than just the crimes themselves. In 2018, he was named a Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Jamaica, where he studied the country’s success as a model of restorative justice.

Brandon Andrew Robinson, assistant professor of gender and sexuality studies: Robinson explores how various social inequalities intersect with and impact contemporary LGBTQ communities, as well as how those inequalities are exacerbated when race, ethnicity, and class are added to the mix. Robinson’s recent scholarship analyzes the ways policing perpetuates the marginalization of LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness. 

Jade S. Sasser, associate professor of gender and sexuality studies: Sasser’s research takes a critical look at relationships between large-scale environmental problems — such as climate change — and women’s bodies, health, and activism. Her book “On Infertile Ground: Population Control and Women’s Rights in the Era of Climate Change” (2018) tracks environmentalists’ role in framing population control as common sense for women in the Global South.


“Below the Surface: Talking with Teens about Race, Ethnicity, and Identity” by Deborah Rivas-Drake and Adriana Umaña-Taylor (2019), recommended by Loyd

“Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do” by Jennifer L. Eberhardt (2019), recommended by Rall

“Gringo Injustice: Insider Perspectives on Police, Gangs, and Law” by Alfredo Mirandé (2019), recommended by Rivera

“White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism” by Robin DiAngelo (2018), recommended by Sasser

“Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color” by Andrea J. Ritchie (2017), recommended by Bierria

“No Mercy Here: Gender, Punishment, and the Making of Jim Crow Modernity” by Sarah Haley (2016), recommended by Bierria

“Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America,” by Ibram X. Kendi (2016), recommended by Benjamin

“White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide” by Carol Anderson (2016), recommended by Sasser

“Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex” edited by Eric A. Stanley and Nat Smith (2015), recommended by Bierria

“The Making of Asian America: A History” by Erika Lee (2015), recommended by Park

“Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America’s Prison Nation” by Beth E. Richie (2012), recommended by Bierria

“Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States” by Joey L. Mogul, Andrea J. Ritchie, and Kay Whitlock (2012), recommended by Robinson

“The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” by Michelle Alexander (2010), recommended by Sasser

“Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People” by Helen Zia (2001), recommended by Park

“Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race” by Beverly Daniel Tatum (1997), recommended by Rall

“Critical Race Theory: The Key Writings That Formed the Movement” edited by Kimberlé Crenshaw, Neil T. Gotanda, Gary Peller, and Kendall Thomas (1996), recommended by Loyd

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“Just Mercy” (2019), recommended by Murray

“If Beale Street Could Talk” (2018), recommended by Sasser

“13th” (2016), recommended by Murry and Sasser

“Free Cece!” (2016), recommended by Bierria and Robinson 

“Out in the Night” (2014), recommended by Bierria

“Selma” (2014), recommended by Murray

“Rosewood” (1997), recommended by Sasser

TV shows and limited series:

“When They See Us” (Netflix, 2019), recommended by Murray

“Dear White People” (Netflix, 2017- ), recommended by Sasser

“Race: The Power of an Illusion” (California Newsreel, 2003), recommended by Murray


NPR’s Code Switch, recommended by Sasser

The African American Policy Forum’s Intersectionality Matters! With Kimberlé Crenshaw, recommended by Loyd


James Baldwin debates William F. Buckley at Cambridge University in 1965 on the question: “Has the American dream been achieved at the expense of the American Negro?” recommended by Collingwood

News articles:

“I Don’t Need ‘Love’ Texts From My White Friends” by Chad Sanders (The New York Times, 2020), recommended by Murray

“Psychology professor explains how race factored into chaotic protests in Los Angeles” (ABC7, 2020), recommended by Loyd 

“Does Race Exist?” by Michael J. Bamshad and Steve E. Olson (Scientific American, 2003), recommended by Murray

Online campaigns, collections, and social media:

Anti-Racism Resources for White People, recommended by Murray 

Campaign Zero, recommended by Sasser

Psychology of Radical Healing Syllabus, recommended by Loyd

#BlackintheIvory, a Twitter hashtag that allows black academics to document racial inequity and institutional abuses in academia without fear of retaliation, recommended by Murray

“75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice” by Corinne Shutack (Medium, 2017), recommended by Murray

Book chapters, journal articles, and reports:

“Agenda seeding: How 1960s black protests moved elites, public opinion, and voting” by Omar Wasow (American Political Science Review, 2020), recommended by Collingwood

“Associations of ethnic/racial discrimination with internalizing symptoms and externalizing behaviors among juvenile justice-involved youth of color” by Aerika Brittian Loyd, Anna L. Hotton, Angela L. Walden, Ashley D. Kendall, Erin Emerson, and Geri R. Donenberg (Journal of Adolescence, 2019), recommended by Loyd

“Can violent protest change local policy support? Evidence from the aftermath of the 1992 Los Angeles riot” by Ryan D. Enos, Aaron R. Kaufman, and Melissa L. Sands (American Political Science Review, 2019), recommended by Collingwood

“Militarization and police violence: The case of the 1033 program” by Casey Delehanty, Jack Mewhirter, Ryan Welch, and Jason Wilks (Research & Politics, 2017), recommended by Collingwood

“Racism and Mental Health” by Carolyn B. Murray, from the “Encyclopedia of Mental Health (Second Edition)” edited by Howard Friedman (2016), recommended by Murray

“Is racism a fundamental cause of inequalities in health?” by Jo C. Phelan and Bruce G. Link (Annual Review of Sociology, 2015), recommended by Murray

“Critical race theory meets social science” by Devon W. Carbado and Daria Roithmayr (Annual Review of Law and Social Science, 2014), recommended by Murray

“The genomic revolution and beliefs about essential racial differences: A backdoor to eugenics?” by Jo. C. Phelan, Bruce G. Link, and Naumi M. Feldman (American Sociological Review, 2013), recommended by Murray

“Cultural Psychology of Racial Ideology in Historical Perspective: An Analytic Approach to Understanding Racialized Societies and Their Psychological Effects on Lives” by Michael R. Winston and Cynthia E. Winston, from “The Oxford Handbook of Culture and Psychology” edited by Jaan Valsiner (2012), recommended by Murray

“Power and Racism” by P.J. Henry and Felicia Pratto, from “The Social Psychology of Power” edited by Ana Guinote and Theresa K. Vescio (2010), recommended by Murray

U.S. Census Briefs on the American Indian and Alaska Native, Asian, Black, and Hispanic Populations (2010), recommended by Murray

“The eugenic legacy in psychology and psychiatry” by David Pilgrim (International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 2008), recommended by Murray

“Learning social attitudes: Children’s sensitivity to the nonverbal behaviors of adult models during interracial interactions” by Luigi Castelli, Cristina De Dea, and Drew Nesdale (Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 2008), recommended by Murray

“Racial microaggressions in everyday life: Implications for clinical practice” by Derald W. Sue, Christina M. Capodilupo, Gina C. Torino, Jennifer M. Bucceri, Aisha M. B. Holder, Kevin L. Nadal, and Marta Esquilin (American Psychologist, 2007), recommended by Murray

“Factors contributing to optimal human functioning in people of color in the United States” by Madonna G. Constantine and Derald W. Sue (The Counseling Psychologist, 2006), recommended by Murray

“Race as biology is fiction, racism as social problem is real: Anthropological and historical perspectives on the social construction of race” by Audrey Smedley and Brian D. Smedley (American Psychologist, 2005), recommended by Murray

“Social Cognition and the Normality of Prejudgment” by Susan T. Fiske, from “On the Nature of Prejudice: Fifty Years After Allport” edited by John F. Dovidio, Peter Glick, and Laurie A. Rudman (2005), recommended by Murray

“Prejudice from thin air: The effect of emotion on automatic intergroup attitudes” by David DeSteno, Nilanjana Dasgupta, Monica Y. Bartlett, and Aida Cajdric (Psychological Science, 2004), recommended by Murray

“Political conservatism as motivated social cognition,” by John T. Jost, Jack Glaser, Arie W. Kruglanski, and Frank J. Sulloway (Psychological Bulletin, 2003), recommended by Murray

“Prehistoric dangers and contemporary prejudices” by Mark Schaller, Justin Park, and Jason Faulkner (European Review of Social Psychology, 2003), recommended by Murray

“Mental Health: Culture, Race, and Ethnicity — A Supplement to Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General” released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2001), recommended by Murray

“The Conditioned Failure Model Revisited” by Carolyn B. Murray and James S. Jackson, from “African American Children, Youth, and Parenting” edited by Reginald L. Jones (1999), recommended by Murray

“Racism Equals Power Plus Prejudice: A Social Psychological Equation for Racial Oppression” by Don Operario and Susan T. Fiske, from “Confronting Racism: The Problem and the Response” edited by Jennifer L. Eberhardt and Susan T. Fiske (1998), recommended by Murray

“Acquisition and manifestation of prejudice in children,” by Clifford Carter and C. Lynn Rice (Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 1997), recommended by Murray

“Psychology and prejudice: A historical analysis and integrative framework” by John H. Duckitt (American Psychologist, 1992), recommended by Murray

“Racist Stereotyping in the English Language” by Robert B. Moore, from “Racism and Sexism: An Integrated Study” edited by Paula S. Rothenberg (1988), recommended by Murray

“Introduction” from “Cultural Bases of Racism and Group Oppression” by John L. Hodge, Donald K. Struckmann, and Lynn Dorland Trost (1975), recommended by Murray

“The Propaganda of History” from “Black Reconstruction in America: Toward a History of the Part of Which Black Folk Played in the Attempt to Reconstruct Democracy in America, 1860-1880” by W. E. B. Du Bois (1935), recommended by Benjamin

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