Fall 2015 Speaker Series: Jacqueline Battalora

Click to view Dr. Battalora's talk:

"Birth of a White Nation"

Jacqueline Battalora was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and lived in Antwerp, Belgium for six years before her family relocated to Victoria, Texas. The experience of attending high school and middle school in Texas formed her understanding of race in America. While she is currently a lawyer and professor of sociology and criminal justice at Saint Xavier University, she is also a former Chicago Police officer. She holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University and has been engaged in anti-racist training since the mid-1990s.

CRSP in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Dr. Anita Zuberi is featured in the Post-Gazette for her work on the Pittsburgh Neighborhood Distress and Health Study. The study reveals that Chartiers City - a majority African American neighborhood of 477 residents - has a poverty rate of 5.26%, a stable housing market, and highly rated housing conditions. Read this article to learn more. 

Call For Student Papers

The Center on Race and Social Problems, through the School of Social Work, invites you to submit your paper addressing contemporary race-related issues. The center will award a $500 resource fund to the best papers submitted by an undergraduate, Master’s and PhD level student.

In this university-wide competition, CRSP is soliciting papers in the following areas:

  • Economic disparities
  • Education disparities
  • Intergroup race relations
  • Health
  • Mental Health
  • Criminal Justice
  • Youth, Families, and the Elderly


More detailed inofrmation can be found HERE >>

Fall 2015 Speaker Series: Bhashkar Mazumder

Click to view Dr. Mazumder's talk: "Black/White Differences in Intergenerational Economic Mobility in the United States"


Bhashkar "Bhash" Mazumder is a senior economist and research advisor in the economic research department and executive director of the Chicago Census Research Data Center at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. As a member of the microeconomic team, Mazumder conducts research in labor economics, education and health. His research has been focused in three areas: intergenerational economic mobility; the long-term effects of poor health early in life; and black-white gaps in human capital development.


The Fall 2015 Speaker Series is made possible by the generosity of Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, PC.

Pittsburgh's Racial Demographics 2015: Differences and Disparities

Pittsburgh’s Racial Demographics 2015: Differences and Disparities report is a follow-up to a similar 2007 report.  It provides indicators of quality of life by race and ethnicity for the Pittsburgh area and the nation. 

View the Full Report 

View the Executive Summary 

Watch the Press Release 




Fall 2015 Speaker Series: Police Chief Cameron McLay

Click to view Chief McLay's talk:
"Policing Reform, Community, and Ethical Leadership"

Chief Cameron McLay has made his career on results-driven ethical leadership. Since becoming Chief of the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police in September 2014, Chief McLay has drawn attention to the need for reform among police leadership and the need for building trust among community members. In his words, "Police reform is community reform. It is social-justice reform. And we all must join in."

The Fall 2015 Speaker Series is made possible by the generosity of Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, PC.



During Spring Break 2016, CRSP will take ten students and three faculty/staff members to Cuba. This trip will be the culmination of a course on Cuban Social Policy Issues offered to graduate students through the School of Social Work.

More information can be found on the CRSP Study Abroad page

Call For Papers

The Center on Race & Social Problems is currently accepting submissions for a special edition of Race & Social Problems, our quarterly journal. This special edition will focus on issues of race & wealth.

For more information click here >>

Past issues of the journal can be viewed here >>

Submission deadline is September 1, 2015

Demographics Report Media Coverage

On January 13, 2015, the center released its “Pittsburgh Racial Demographics 2015: Differences and Disparities” report at a press conference.  Below are some of the articles published as a result.

Pittsburgh Business Times

Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (2nd)

WESA/Essential Pittsburgh

Pitt News

Pittsburgh Urban Media

Spring 2015 Speaker Series Schedule

Sponsored by the Pittsburgh law firm Reed Smith LLP, the 2015 Spring Speaker Series provides an opportunity for faculty, students, and community members to engage in race-related discussions of mutual interest. 

Speaker Presentation are held from 12 Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January21
"'Try On the Outfit and Just See How It Works': The Psychocultural Responses of Disconnected Black Youth to Work" Video
Orlando Patterson
John Cowles Professor of Sociology, Harvard University

Wednesday, February 25
"The Collision of Race and Criminal Justice: Lessons from the Aftermath of Ferguson" Video
David Harris
Distinguished Faculty Scholar & Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh

Tuesday, March 17
"The Crisis of College Access for Students of Color" Video
Gary Orfield
, Distinguished Research Professor of Education, Law, Political Science and Urban Planning; Co-Director of The Civil Rights Project, University of California, Los Angeles

Thursday, April 23
"The End of Black Metropolis?" Video
Mary Pattillo
, Harold Washington Professor; Professor of Sociology & African American Studies, Northwestern University

As part of Pitt’s Spring Food Drive, we invite you to donate non-perishable (canned or boxed) food items.  Admittance is not based on donation. 

Lunch Provided. Registration Not Required.