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Unconscious Bias Reading list

The reading list below was curated by LANS speaker, Dr. Sandra Barnes, Assistant Vice-Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Vanderbilt University. 

Bartlett, Tom. 2017. “Can We Really Measure Implicit Bias? Maybe Not.” Chronicle of Higher Education (January 5).

Billingsley, Andrew. 1992. Climbing Jacob’s Ladder: The Enduring Legacy of African-American Families. New York: A Touchstone Book.

Bisceglio. Paul. 2017. “Your Stories of Battling Unconscious Bias.” The Atlantic (June 7).

Blumer, Herbert. 1958. “Race Prejudice as a Sense of Group Position.” The Pacific Sociological Review 1(1): 3-7 (

Chou, Rosalind and Joe Feagin. 2015. The Myth of the Model Minority (2nd edition).  Boulder, Co: Paradigm Publishers.

Crenshaw, Kimberle. 1991. “Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics,
and Violence against Women of Color.” Stanford Law Review 43 (6): 1241-1299.

Collins, Patricia Hill. 1990. Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the
Politics of Empowerment. New York: Routledge.

Easterly, Debra M. and Cynthia S. Ricard. “Conscious Efforts to End Unconscious Bias: Why Women Leave Academic Research.”

Feagin, Joe. 2013. The White Racial Frame: Centuries of Racial Framing and Counter-
Framing (2nd Edition). New York: Routledge.

Firestone, Shulamite. 1979. The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution. London: The Women’s Press.

Published in the September issue (#5) of Translational Criminology, a publication of the George Mason University Center for Evidence-based Crime Policy.

Gay, Roxane. 2015. The New York Times. “Of Lions and Men: Mourning Samuel DuBose and Cecil the Lion” (

Gallagher, Charles A. 2011.  Rethinking the Color Line: Readings in Race and Ethnicity (5th Edition). New York: McGraw-Hill Education.

Dovidio, John and Samuel Gaertner. 1998. “On the Nature of Contemporary Prejudice: The

Causes, Consequences, and Challenges of Aversive Racism.” In J. Eberhardt and S.T. Fiske (Eds.), Confronting Racism: The Problem and the Response. Newbury Park, CA: Sage (pp. 3–32).

Goffman, Erving. 1959. The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. New York: Anchor Books.

Goffman, Erving. 1986. Stigma: Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Haraway, Donna. 1991.  “A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century,” in Simians, Cyborgs and Women: The Reinvention of Nature. New York: Routledge (pp. 149-181).

James, Lois, Lorie Fridell, and Frank Straub Jr. 2016. “Implicit Bias Versus the ‘Ferguson Effect’: Psychosocial Factors Impacting Officers’ Decisions to Use Deadly Force.” The Police Chief (Feb.).

Kahneman, Daniel. 2011. Thinking, Fast and Slow. New York: Macmillan.

Merton, Robert. 1976. “Discrimination and the American Creed.” in Sociological Ambivalance and Other Essays. New York: Free Press. 189-216.

Pérez, Efrén O. 2013. “Implicit Attitudes: Meaning, Measurement, and Synergy with Political Science.”  Politics, Groups, and Identities 1(2): 275-297.

Ross, Howard 2014. Everyday Bias: Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in Our Daily Lives. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield.

Silverstein, Jason. 2013. “How Racism Is Bad for Our Bodies.” The Atlantic. (

Sue, Derald Wing. 2010. Microaggressions and Marginality: Manifestation, Dynamics, and
Impact. Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley.

Wimberly, Anne Streaty. 1994. Soul Stories: African American Christian Education. Nashville: Abingdon.

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