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A Starting Point

On behalf of the Center on Race and Social Problems at the University of Pittsburgh, I am proud to introduce our new Race Research Online Directory. The directory makes a wealth of scholarly information—including lecture videos, research projects, publications, and other educational resources—available at the touch of a button.

For more than 10 years, we have gathered work on race, color, and ethnicity from the country’s top scholars. The launch of the Race Research Online Directory realizes our goal of offering this information to the widest possible audience.

We hope that the directory will provide users with easy access to the very best race-related research available and serve as a valuable tool for social justice.

I truly believe that the content in this directory can make a difference in research, policy, and education all over the world.

Larry E. Davis
Director, Center on Race and Social Problems
Dean and Donald M. Henderson Professor
University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work

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Center on Race and Social Problems



The Center on Race and Social Problems (CRSP) invites full-time faculty and researchers who have a PhD (or similar degree), are at the University of Pittsburgh, and are RAP members to submit pilot research proposals that address current race-related social problems within any of the seven areas of focus of CRSP: health, economic disparities; education disparities; interracial group relations; mental health; families, youth and the elderly; and criminal justice.  

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The Center on Race and Social Problems just released its 2012-2013 Annual Report.  The report contains a comprehensive listing of the Center's activities of the last year.

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The book Race and Social Problems: Restructuring Inequality, editied by Ralph Bangs and Larry E. Davis, was released by Springer-Press in September of 2014.  The book contains 17 chapters with updated information for the presentations given by experts at the Race In America conference in Pittsburgh in 2010.


Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC Fall 2014 Speaker Series

The Pittsburgh law firm Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC firm has consistently supported the fall speaker series since 2003. We thank Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC for recognizing the importance of race in our society, and the necessity of developing real-world solutions to our country's defining social problem.  

All lectures are from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the School of Social Work Conference Center, 2017 Cathedral of Learning.

September 15, 2014
James Jackson, Professor, Psychology and Health Behavior & Health Education, Director, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, "Understanding Racial and Ethnic Differences in Physical and Psychiatric Health" video

October 8, 2014
Alice Goffman, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, "On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City" video

November 18, 2014
Michael Sherraden, Benjamin E. Youngdahl Professor of Social Development, Washington University School of Social Work,"Building Assets for All: Research and Policy for Universal Children's Accounts"

December 1, 2014
Frederick Thieman, President, Buhl Foundation, "Reinventing the Criminal Justice System for the 21st Century"

Racial Demographics Report

The Racial Demographics Report 2014, an update to our first Racial Demographics Report in 2007, is expected to be released in October of 2014.  The purpose is to provide data on the Pittsburgh area and the United States in relation to the seven areas of focus of the Center. These areas are health issues, family, youth, and elderly issues, education, economic conditions, intergroup relations, mental health, and criminal justice.

Race and Social Problems Course - Fall 2014

The class provides an exciting set of readings, documentaries, guest speakers, and class discussions. Students will learn about race-related social problems and their consequences, causes, and solutions. The course is taught by Dr. Ralph Bangs, Associate Director, Center on Race and Social Problems, School of Social Work, and is offered to both graduate and undergraduate students.

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We welcome manuscripts that explore, but are not limited to, such topics as criminal justice, economic conditions, education, elderly, families, health disparities, mental health, race relations, and youth. To submit a manuscript, please visithttp://rasp.edmgr.com. Articles in the journal are available for free online at http://link.springer.com/journal/12552.

Call for Papers

In 2015, there will be a special issue on race and education.  Guest Editor: Pedro Noguera, PhD, New York University. You may submit your manuscript at http://rasp.edmgr.com.

Call for Papers: Special Issue on Race and Education

Expected future special issues of Race and Social Problems include the following:

Race and Wealth
Women of Color
Race and Religiosity
Race and Aging


Since 2004, the Pittsburgh law firm Reed Smith LLC has generously funded the spring speaker series. Where many other similar institutions might have shied away from the highly-charged topics with which we engage, Reed Smith LLC recognizes the importance of race in our society and the necessity of developing real-world solutions to our country's defining social problem.

Tuesday, February 18
H. Richard Milner, Professor of Education, Helen Faison Professor of Urban Education, Director, Center for Urban Education, Editor-in-Chief, Urban Education, University of Pittsburgh, "Race, Equity, and Urban Education: Issues That Divide"  video

Monday, March 3
William Perez, Associate Professor, School of Educational Studies, Claremont Graduate University, "Americans by Heart: Undocumented Latino Students and the Promise of Higher Education" video

Tuesday, April 8
Thomas M. Shapiro, Director, Institute on Assets and Social Policy, Pokross Professor of Law and Social Policy, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, "Navigating Toxic Inequality" video

Thursday, April 24
Arline T. Geronimus, Professor, Health Behavior & Health Education, Associate Director & Research Professor, Population Studies Center, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, "Jedi Public Health: A Structural Approach to Eliminating Racial/Ethnic Health Inequality" video


Over 30 researchers and directors from across the country gathered at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center on Race and Social Problems (CRSP) for the first-of-its-kind summit of Race, Ethnicity and Poverty (REAP) centers. CRSP Director, and Dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, Dr. Larry E. Davis was spurred to organize the June 6-7, 2013 event because he knew of no other organization that brought together race-focused scholars and center directors. This summit allowed center directors from across the country to learn about other similar programs, to explore funding oppurtunities for race research and to foster collaboration among centers.


In March 2014, CRSP Director and Dean of the School of Social Work, Dr. Larry E. Davis, Ralph Bangs, CRSP Associate Director, and students of the Cuban Social Policy Issues course travelled to Cuba during spring break.

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The Center on Race and Social Problems has awarded funding for the following new pilot study:

African American Students’ Opportunities to Learn: How Classroom Climate Factors Condition Participation and Learning in High School Math Classrooms
Tanner L. Wallace (Education) Jasmine D. Williams (Education)

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