Promoting racial and economic equity for all. 

Confronting the enduring legacy of racism by fostering collaboration and amplifying contemporary movements for social change.

While problems of police brutality and broader challenges of systemic racism are ingrained in the nation’s DNA, more recent phenomena—such as the use of technology to document said violence, the rise of social movements and digital campaigns to advocate for Black lives, and the growth of intersectionality in civil society amongst immigrant rights, queer liberation, and racial justice movements—have catapulted these issues to the fore. 

As we continue the centuries-long journey of tackling racial injustice in the United States, the Carr Center's Racial Justice program focuses on strengthening discourse connecting domestic civil rights to global human rights frameworks, and brings together faculty, fellows, students, and the broader University community to collaborate.

The Racial Justice Program brings together the Racial Justice Fellowship, which selects a cohort of fellows each academic year to perform research on subjects that relate to civil and human rights. The Carr Center also hosts numerous events and webinars as part of the Racial Justice Program, including The Struggle for Black Lives series, The Fierce Urgency of Now series, and the Social Justice Leaders series.

The Global Anti-Blackness and the Legacy of the Transatlantic Slave Trade Symposium consisted of several panels covering the status of global racism and anti-Blackness in the twenty-first century, considering questions about the modern legacy of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, reparative justice, the work of international organizations to improve civil rights, and more.

Our Racial Justice Fellows

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Leslie Alexander

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of History,
Rutgers University

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Simon Balto

College of Letters and Science Mary Herman Rubinstein Professor,
University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Victor Ray

F. Wendell Miller Associate Professor,
University of Iowa

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Allissa V. Richardson

Associate Professor of Journalism,
USC Annenberg

The Racial Justice Fellowship
Racial Justice Fellows work on research projects that connect domestic civil rights to global human rights frameworks.


Racial Justice Webinars


The tragic killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor sparked protests across the country. Two leading scholars discuss the history of racist policing in the U.S.


Emerson Sykes and former Carr Center Fellow Nicholas Espíritu discuss critical race theory in the U.S. 


 Priscilla Ocen discusses the meaning and importance of intersectionality.


Raymond Arnold Winbush and Yvette Modestin discuss the impact of racism and white supremacy on the global African community.


Charles Mills examines how liberal thought in recent times has neglected racial justice. 


Vijay Prashad discusses Marxism today and the role of the United States in the world.

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