My book, To Fulfill These Rights: Political Struggle Over Affirmative Action and Open Admissions (Columbia University Press 2019), is a sociological history of political contestation over affirmative action and open admissions retrenchment in public universities.
Through an examination of challenges to race-and-class inclusive policies in sites across the nation, this book considers the shifting American racial landscape in the context of neoliberalism and its racial logics of diversity and colorblindness. In it, the text answers why affirmative action has persisted for so long in the face of resistance, and why its end is likely imminent.
My work also appears in Research in Social Movements, Conflict, and Change; Issues in Race and Society: An Interdisciplinary Global Journal, and forthcoming work at City & Community. I have work under review at Social Problems and Public Culture.
My next project is a historical ethnography of Black placemaking and resistance in 1970s and 1980s era Central Brooklyn.