We offer this list of resources as a first step towards listening to and amplifying the insights of scholars, many, but not all, of whom are anthropologists.

Fall 2020 Anthropology Courses that Address Race, Racism, and Anti-racism

  • ANTH 1101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Lempert, Van Vleet) 

  • ANTH 2030 Anthropological Theory: Concepts in Context (McIsaac) 

  • ANTH 2105 Who Owns the Past? Contemporary Controversies and Contested Narratives 
  • ANTH 2220 Medical Anthropology (McIsaac) 

  • ANTH 2250 The Anthropology of Media (Strickland) 

  • ANTH 2340 Ethnographic Film (Strickland) 

  • ANTH 2345 Race, Gender, and Intimacy in Brazil (Sosa) 

  • ANTH 2356: Ecological Crisis and Reparation: The Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet 
  • ANTH 2840 Contemporary Issues of Native North America (Lempert) 

  • ANTH 3222 Cultural Performances (Dickey) 

Recent Statements from Anthropology’s Professional Organizations 

Further Reading, Listening, and Watching on Racism, Police Brutality, and the Black Lives Matter Movement


Digital Media

Recent Books (*indicates Bowdoin library book; **indicates Bowdoin e-book)

  • The Anti-Black City: Police Terror and Black Urban Life in Brazil* (2018) by Jaime Amparo Alves
  • Black Lives and Spatial Matters: Policing Blackness and Practicing Freedom in Suburban St. Louis (2020) by Jodi Rios
  • Black Lives Matter and Music* (2018) by Fernando Orejuela and Stephanie Shonekan
  • Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California** (2007) by Ruth Wilson Gilmore.
  • Writing the World of Policing: The Difference Ethnography Makes* (2017) edited by Didier Fassin
  • From Boas to Black Power: Racism, Liberalism, and American Anthropology* (2019) by Mark Anderson
  • Change Everything: Racial Capitalism and the Case for Abolition (2020) by Ruth Wilson Gilmore
  • First Strike: Educational Enclosures in Black Los Angeles** (2016) by Damien M. Sojoyner
  • “Police/Worlds: Studies in Security, Crime, and Governance” (book series) edited by Kevin Karpiak, Mulla Sameena, William Garriott, and Ilana Feldman
  • From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation* (2016) by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
  • Progressive Dystopia: Abolition, Anthropology, and Race in the New San Francisco** (2019) by Savannah Shange
  • Progressive Dystopia: Abolition, Antiblackness, and Schooling in San Francisco* (2019) by Savannah Shange
  • Racism in America: A Reader (2020) by Annette Gordon-Reed (free from Harvard U Press)
  • The Torture Letters: Reckoning with Police Violence (2020) by Laurence Ralph

Selected Websites Amplifying the Contributions of Black Anthropologists

Funding for Anthropology Students from Historically Under-Represented Groups