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Simmons Community Read: How To Be An Antiracist: Simmons Research & Action

A guide for the Spring 2021 Simmons Community Read
simmons community read: how to be an anti-racist

Interested in getting involved at Simmons or connecting with a faculty member about their research? Check out these resources and research profiles related to racial justice and systemic change.


Action & Activism at Simmons

Simmons students have a long history of advocating for change on and off campus



Research and Equity Work at Simmons

Multidisciplinary research and expertise related to racial justice from across the university

  • Gary Bailey (School of Social Work), research on the dynamics of racism and oppression, social justice and social work in urban settings/with underserved communities

  • Rebecca Davis (School of Library & Information Science), research on underrepresented groups in STEM fields, diversity in academic libraries, microaggressions, and information seeking

  • Erin DeCurtis (School of Business), research on gender and racial equity initiatives, primarily in the nonprofit sector

  • Daren Graves (School of Social Work), research on racial identity development, critical race theory, schooling for critical consciousness, "critical consciousness" and the opportunity gap, teacher education

  • Johnnie Hamilton-Mason (School of Social Work), research on dynamics of diversity; teaching and learning issues related to diversity; HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment in the United States and Africa; urban practice and urban leadership educational outcomes; cross cultural competency and racial identity theory in clinical work.

  • Jane Hughes (School of Business), research on social impact investing, i.e. putting private capital to work for both financial and social/environmental good.

  • Hugo Kamya (School of Social Work), research includes caring across communities; community capacity building; enhancing social, cultural, and human capital in immigrant and refugee populations; international practice and human rights; health disparities; youth and social economic development in sub-Saharan Africa

  • Catherine Paden (Political Science & International Relations), research examines the impact of local civil rights and economic justice organizing on national policy and interest group priorities

  • Theresa Perry (Africana Studies & Education), research on development of a theory of practice for African American achievement, analysis of educational environments that normalize high achievement for students for African American students, and power and language in the education of African American students

  • Jyoti Puri (Sociology), research on sexuality, gender, race, nation, and state from a transnational/postcolonial feminist lens

  • Colin Rhinesmith (School of Library & Information Science), research on social, community, and policy aspects of information and communication technology, particularly in areas related to digital equity and community technology

  • Aaron Rosenthal (Political Science & International Relations), research in American politics, with particular specializations in public policy, race and politics, state and local politics, political inequality, political behavior, and qualitative methods

  • Saher Selod (Sociology), research on race and ethnicity, gender and religion, Islamophobia, Muslim Americans' experience racialization in the United States, Muslim men & women experience of gendered forms of racialization through their surveillance, African Muslim immigrants are caught up in racialized surveillance

  • Meenakshi Verma-Agrawal (Public Health), research on public health, organizational development, and racial justice

  • Janie Ward (Africana Studies & Education), research on developmental issues of African American adolescents, identity and moral development in African American girls and boys, socialization practices of White mothers of Chinese daughters, and educational and clinical interventions with children in schools against everyday colorism

  • Shelley White (Sociology), research focuses on the intersections of health and policy, inequalities, and political economy

  • Lena Zuckerwise (Political Science & International Relations), research on politics of race in the United States; anti-Black racism; contemporary democratic theory