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 19th 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 2022 issue (19.1), “Situating Black Spaces,” features Reynolds Farley on the racial integration of Detroit’s suburbs, as well as a situational analysis, by John Hagan and colleagues, of sidebar secrecy and legal cynicism in the trial of Chicago police detective Jon Burge. Jason Hackworth explores the reaction to the Black city as a cause for modern conservatism; Rachel Allison and colleagues examine public opinions about paying college athletes and athlete protests during the National Anthem. Other themes include health-related White identity politics in rural Appalachia; the Black model minority; the role of skin color in cross-ethnoracial friendships; how dress codes reproduce Whiteness in schools; and the cultural ecology of gun violence.

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
Managing Editor: Sara Bruya