Du Bois Review

The Du Bois Review (DBR) is a scholarly, multidisciplinary, and multicultural journal devoted to social science research and criticism about race

Now celebrating its 18th year in print, the journal provides a forum for discussion and increased understanding of race and society from a range of disciplines, including but not limited to economics, political science, sociology, anthropology, law, communications, public policy, psychology, linguistics, and history.

The spring 2021 issue (18.1)—“Paths to Race Privilege” features Thomas F. Pettigrew on the positive outcomes of desegregated education in the United States, as well as a lively debate between Deniz Uyan and Adam Hochman on the utility and limits of the concept of racialization. Alejandro de la Fuente and Stanley R. Bailey explore contrasting perspectives on racism and racial inequality in Cuba; Mary Pattillo and colleagues examine group identity and political engagement among the Black middle class in Colombia. Other themes include how professional attire influences the perception of Black men as threatening; predictors and mediators of psychological distress among working-age African Americans; abolitionist possibilities in Black community practices of safety and security; and workplace mobility among racialized public servants in British Columbia.

In the fall 2021 issue (18.2)—“Making, Re-making, and Experiencing Racial Difference”—Larry L. Hunt analyzes the laws of Colonial Virginia, finding that more than 100 years passed before a definitive concept of race was socially-constructed and English lawmakers referred to themselves as White. Dounia Bourabain and Pieter-Paul Verhaeghe explore Philomena Essed’s conceptualization of everyday racism and find that the concept continues to be misinterpreted and misused in academic studies in the social sciences. Christopher Maggio looks at the perception of racial backlash among Black, Asian, and Latinx groups in areas undergoing rapid growth. Matthew Clair engages with Du Boisian sociology to advance a theory of subjectivity that is attuned to the way criminalization reproduces the subjective racial order and that aims to uncover subaltern strategies and visions for transforming the structure of the law and broader society.

Other themes include:

  • how discrimination related to perceived legal status is experienced among the Latinx population;
  • the racialized differences in how feeling rules are enforced and experienced in LGBTQ resource centers;
  • the extent to which self-reported race differs from perceived race within the context of intimate relationships;
  • the documentary-making process as a capacity-building tool for returning citizens; and
  • questioning the notion that racism is necessarily tied to visible physical markers or “phenotype”.

Published by Cambridge University Press, all Du Bois Review articles are available on Cambridge Core.

Editor: Lawrence D. Bobo
Senior Associate Editor: David Mickey-Pabello
Interim Managing Editor: Sara Bruya