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Books on Race & Culture


The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (The New Press)

The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward Baptist (Basic Books)

Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness by Simone Brown (Duke University Press)

The Reaper's Garden: Death and Power in the World of Atlantic Slavery by Vincent Brown (Harvard University Press)

Slaves of the State: Black Incarceration from the Chain Gang to the Penitentiary by Dennis Childs (University of Minnesota Press)

Women, Race, & Class by Angela Y. Davis (Penguin/Random House)

Women, Culture, & Politics by Angela Y. Davis (Penguin/Random House)

Are Prisons Obsolete? By Angela Y. Davis (Seven Stories Press)

The Meaning of Freedom And Other Difficult Dialogues by Angela Y. Davis (City Lights Books)

Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement by Angela Y. Davis (Haymarket Books)

On Racial Icons: Blackness and the Public Imagination by Nicole R. Felltwood (Rutgers University Press)

Ida: A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching by Paula Giddings (Harper Collins)

When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America by Paula Giddings (William Morrow)

Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America by Melissa Harris-Perry (Yale University Press)

We Real Cool: Black Men and Masculinity by bell hooks (Routledge)

Salvation: Black People and Love by bell hooks (Harper)

killing rage: Ending Racism by bell hooks (Holt)

Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination by Robin D.G. Kelley (Beacon Press)

Race Rebels: Culture, Politics, and the Black Working Class by Robin D.G. Kelley (Simon & Schuster)

Yo' Mama's Disfunktional !: Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America by Robin D.G. Kelley (Beacon Press)

To Make Our World Anew: Volume II: A History of African Americans Since 1880 by Robin D.G. Kelley & Earl Lewis (Oxford University Press)

Black Rights/White Wrongs: The Critique of Racial Liberalism by Charles W. Mills (Oxford University Press)

Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools by Monique W. Morris (The New Press)

Black Stats: African Americans by the Numbers in the Twenty-first Century by Monique W. Morris (The New Press)

The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation After the Genome by Alondra Nelson (Beacon Press)

Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Discrimination by Alondra Nelson (University of Minnesota Press)

Creating Black Americans: African-American History and Its Meanings, 1619 to the Present by Nell Painter (Oxford University Press)

Southern History Across the Color Line by Nell Painter (UNC Press)

Slavery and Social Death: A Comparative Study by Orlando Patterson (Harvard University Press)

Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision by Barbara Ransby (UNC Press)

More Beautiful and More Terrible: The Embrace and Transcendence of Racial Inequality in the United States by Imani Perry (NYU Press)

Prophets of the Hood: Politics and Poetics in Hip Hop by Imani Perry (Duke University Press)

Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson by Barbara Ransby (Yale University Press)

Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty by Dorothy Roberts (Vintage)

Shattered Bonds: The Color Of Child Welfare by Dorothy Roberts (Basic Civitas Books)

Freedom as Marronage by Neil Roberts (University of Chicago Press)

In the Wake: On Blackness and Being by Christina Sharpe (Duke University Press)

Monstrous Intimacies: Making Post-Slavery Subjects by Christina Sharpe (Duke University Press)

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson (Spiegel & Grau)

Habeas Viscus: Racializing Assemblages, Biopolitics, and Black Feminist Theories of the Human by Alexander G. Weheliye (Duke University Press)

Race Matters by Cornel West (Beacon Press)

Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities by Craig Steven Wilder (Bloomsbury Publishing)


Blood Narrative: Indigenous Identity in American Indian and Maori Literary and Activist Texts by Chadwick Allen (Duke University Press)

Indigenous Storywork : Educating the Heart, Mind, Body, and Spirit by Jo-Ann Archibald (UBC Press)

Community-Based Archaeology: Research With, By, and for Indigenous and Local Communities by Sonya Atalay (University of California Press)

Critically Sovereign: Indigenous Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies Edited by Joanne Barker (Duke University Press)

Native Acts: Law, Recognition, and Cultural Authenticity by Joanne Barker (Duke University Press)

Sovereignty Matters: Locations of Contestation and Possibility in Indigenous Struggles for Self-Determination by Joanne Barker (University of Nebraska Press)

Dressing in Feathers: The Construction of the Indian in American Popular Culture by S. Elizabeth Bird (Westview Press)

How It Is: The Native American Philosophy of V. F. Cordova Edited by Kathleen Dean Moore, Kurt Peters, and Ted Jojola (University of Arizona Press)

Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition by Glen Sean Coulthard (University of Minnesota Press)

Playing Indian by Philip Deloria (Yale University Press) 

Indians in Unexpected Places by Philip Deloria (University Press of Kansas)

God is Red: A Native View of Religion (Third Edition) by Vine Delora Jr. (Fulcrum Books)

Aboriginal Music in Contemporary Canada: Echoes and Exchanges by Beverley Diamond and Anna Hoefnagels (McGill-Queen’s University Press)

Red Earth, White Lies: Native Americans and the Myth of Scientific Fact by Vine Delora Jr. (Fulcrum Books)

“All the Real Indian Died Off” and 20 Other Myths about Native Americans by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker (Beacon Press)

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by Roxane Dunbar-Ortiz (Beacon Press)

Indian Resilience and Rebuilding: Indigenous Nations in the Modern American West by Donald Fixico (University of Arizona Press)

The American Indian Mind in a Linear World: American Indian Studies and Traditional Knowledge by Donald Fixico (Routledge)

The Urban Indian Experience in America by Donald Fixico (University of New Mexico Press)

Rethinking American Indian History by Donald Fixico (University of New Mexico Press)

Real Indians: Identity and the Survival of Native America by Eva Marie Garroutte (University of California Press)

The Seeds We Planted: Portraits of a Native Hawaiian Charter School by Noelani Goodyear-Ka‘ōpua (University of Minnesota Press)

A Nation Rising: Hawaiian Movements for Life, Land, and Sovereignty Edited by Noelani Goodyear-Ka‘ōpua, Ikaika Hussey, and Erin Kahunawaika'ala Wright (Duke University Press)

Hawaiian Blood: Colonialism and the Politics of Sovereignty and Indigeneity by J. Kēhaulani Kauanui (Duke University Press)

A Yupiaq Worldview: A Pathway to Ecology and Spirit by Angayuqaq Oscar Kawagley (Waveland Press)

Telling Stories in the Face of Danger: Language Renewal in Native American Communities. Edited by Paul V. Kroskrity (University of Oklahoma Press)

The Jesus Road: Kiowas, Christianity, and Indian Hymns Edited by Luke E Lassiter, Clyde Ellis, and Ralph Kotay (University of Nebraska Press)

"Real" Indians and Others: Mixed-Blood Urban Native Peoples and Indigenous Nationhood by Bonita Lawrence (University of Nebraska Press)

The Stars We Know: Crow Indian Astronomy and Lifeways by Timothy P. McCleary (Waveland Press)

Ojibwe Singers: Hymns, Grief, and a Native Culture in Motion by Michael D. McNally (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

Indigenous American Women: Decolonization, Empowerment, Activism by Devon Mihesuah (University of Nebraska Press)

Repatriation Reader: Who Owns American Indian Remains? Ed. by Devon Mihesuah (University of Nebraska Press)

Natives and Academics: Researching and Writing about American Indians by Devon Mihesuah (University of Nebraska Press)

Intertribal Native American Music in the United States: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture by John-Carlos Perea (Oxford University Press)

Engaged Resistance: American Indian Art, Literature, and Film from Alcatraz to the NMAI by Dean Rader (University of Texas Press)

Arts of Engagement: Taking Aesthetic Action in and beyond the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Edited by Dylan Robinson and Keavy Martin (Wilfrid Laurier University Press)

Aloha Betrayed: Native Hawaiian Resistance to American Colonialism by Noenoe K. Silva (Duke University Press)

Wiping the War Paint Off the Lens: Native American Film and Video by Beverley R. Singer (University of Minnesota Press)

Everything You Know about Indians Is Wrong by Paul Chaat Smith (University of Minnesota Press)

Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples by Linda Tuhiwai Smith (Zed Books)

Once Were Pacific: Maori Connections to Oceania by Alice Te Punga Somerville (University of Minnesota Press)

From a Native Daughter: Colonialism and Sovereignty in Hawaii by Haunani-Kay Trask (University of Hawaii Press)

Indian Blues: American Indians and the Politics of Music, 1879-1934 by John W. Troutman (University of Oklahoma Press)

Sivumut: Towards the Future Together edited by Fiona Walton Darlene O’Leary (Canadian Scholars’ Press)

The World of Indigenous North America Edited by Robert Warrior (Routledge)

Like a Hurricane: The Indian Movement from Alcatraz to Wounded Knee by Robert Warrior and Paul Chaat Smith (The New Press)


Racial Fault Lines: The Historical Origins of White Supremacy in California by and Tomas Almaguer (University of California Press)

Ends of Assimilation: The Formation of Chicano Literature by John Alba Cutler (Oxford University Press)

From Bomba to Hip-Hop: Puerto Rican Culture and Latino Identity by Juan Flores (Columbia University Press)

Divided Borders: Essays on Puerto Rican Identity by Juan Flores (Arte Publico Press)

Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America by Roberto G. Gonzales (University of California Press)

Walls and Mirrors: Mexican Americans, Mexican Immigrants, and the Politics of Ethnicity by David G. Gutiérrez (University of California Press)

The New Latino Studies Reader: A Twenty-First-Century Perspective Edited by Ramon Gutierrez and Tomas Almaguer (University of California Press)

Migra! A History of the U.S. Border Patrol by Kelly Lytle Hernandez (University of California Press)

The Other Side of Assimilation: How Immigrants Are Changing American Life by Tomas Jimenez (University of California Press)

Racism on Trial: The Chicano Fight for Justice by Ian Haney Lopez (Belknap Press)

Latino Stats: American Hispanics by the Numbers by Idelisse Malavé and Esti Giordani (The New Press)

Critical Latin American And Latino Studies Edited by Juan Poblete (University of Minnesota Press)

Chicano! The History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement by F. Arturo Rosales (Arte Publico Press)

Latinos: Remaking America Edited by Marcelo Suarez-Orozco and Mariela Paez (University of California Press) 



Partly Colored: Asian Americans and Racial Anomaly in the Segregated South by Leslie Bow (NYU Press)

The Cultural Capital of Asian American Studies: Autonomy and Representation in the University by Mark Chiang (NYU Press)

Haunting the Korean Diaspora: Shame, Secrecy, and the Forgotten War by Grace M. Cho (University of Minnesota Press)

Myth of the Model Minority: Asian Americans Facing Racism by Rosalind Chou (Routledge)

Home Bound: Filipino American Lives across Cultures, Communities, and Countries by Yen Le Espiritu (University of California Press)

Racial Ambiguity in Asian American Culture by Jennifer Ann Ho (Rutgers University Press)

The Making of Asian America: A History by Erika Lee (Simon & Schuster)

A New History of Asian America by Shelley Sang-Hee Lee (Routledge)

Trespassers? Asian Americans and the Battle for Suburbia by Willow Lung-Amam (University of California Press) 

Terrifying Muslims: Race and Labor in the South Asian Diaspora by Junaid Rana (Duke University Press)

Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans by Ronald Takaki (Little Brown and Co.)

The Color of Success: Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority by Ellen D. Wu (Princeton University Press)

Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White by Frank Wu (Basic Books)

Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People by Helen Zia (FSG)




White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson (Bloomsbury Publishing)

Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva (Rowman & Littlefield)

How Jews Became White Folks and What That Says About Race in America by Karen Brodkin (Rutgers University Press)

White Women, Race Matters: The Social Construction of Whiteness by Ruth Frankenberg (University of Minnesota Press)

White But Not Equal: Mexican Americans, Jury Discrimination, and the Supreme Court by Ignacio M. Garcia

How the Irish Became White by  Noel Ignatiev (Routledge)

When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America by Ira Katznelson (W.W. Norton)

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi (Nation Books)

The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: How White People Profit from Identity Politics by George Lipsitz (Temple University Press)

How Racism Takes Place by George Lipsitz (Temple University Press)

White by Law: The Legal Construction of Race by Ian Haney Lopez (NYU Press)

Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class by Ian Haney Lopez (Oxford University Press)

The History of White People by Nell Painter (W.W. Norton)

Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century by Dorothy Roberts (The New Press)

Working Toward Whiteness: How America's Immigrants Became White: The Strange Journey from Ellis Island to the Suburbs by David R. Roediger (Basic Books)

The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class by David R. Roediger (Verso Books)

A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America by Ronald Takaki (Back Bay Books)

Whitewashed: America’s Invisible Middle Eastern Minority by John Tehranian (NYU Press)

White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son by Tim Wise (Soft Skull Press)


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