This reading list serves as a brief introduction on how to become an anti-racist educator and policymaker on campus. We've pulled together a selection of books and resources that broach systemic racism in higher education, structural inequality, and navigating the dynamics of power and privilege in the classroom.

For futher reading on this subject, please visit Educating for Black Lives, a site created alongside Routledge authors that makes freely available some of our most powerful and pertinent material—alongside newly written introductions to many readings—as well as a curated collection of additional resources.


Featured Textbooks:

Black Educational Leadership by Rachelle Rogers-Ard and Christopher B. Knaus

"There are many books on educational leadership, but only a few, if any, truthfully tell the story of Black school leaders working to be pro-Black, pro-community, and address how anti-blackness shows up in our school system. Rogers-Ard & Knaus are bold, forthright, and charting a new path forward with their Authentic Leadership framework." - Bettina L. Love, Ph.D., Professor, University of Georgia

  • With a focus on 13 leaders, this volume demonstrates how US schools exclude African American students and the impacts such exclusions have on Black school leaders.

Handbook of Critical Race Theory in Education: 2nd Edition edited by Marvin Lynn and Adrienne D. Dixson

This handbook illustrates how education scholars employ Critical Race Theory (CRT) as a framework to bring attention to issues of race and racism in education. It is the first authoritative reference work to provide a truly comprehensive description and analysis of the topic, from the defining conceptual principles of CRT in Law that gave shape to its radical underpinnings to the political and social implications of the field today.

  • New chapters broaden the scope of theoretical lenses to include LatCrit, AsianCrit and Critical Race Feminism, as well as coverage of Discrit Studies, Research Methods, and other recent updates to the field.

Theories of Race and Racism: 3rd Edition by Edna B. Chun and Joe R. Feagin

"This is an impressive collection of essays, ranging from the classics to the contemporary cutting edge. The extensively updated third edition of this essential collection again shows the editors’ commitment to providing the scholarly community with a historically rooted, in-depth overview of critical writings on race and racism." - Anna Korteweg, Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto, Canada

  • Contributions to this reader include classic works by the likes of W.E.B. DuBois, Stuart Hall and Frantz Fanon as well as timely pieces by contemporary scholars including Orlando Patterson, Patricia Hill Collins and Paul Gilroy.

Featured Content:

Race and Racism Chapter Sampler

This chapter sampler showcases select excerpts from six books exploring the best ways to navigate issues surrounding race and racism on campus.