Center on Race and Social Problems

Race Research Online Directory

How to use the Race Research Online Directory

The Center on Race and Social Problems website is now both a traditional source of information on Center activities and a searchable database. The searchable database has been created so that users can easily find and access all of the videos, publications, and other information produced by the Center during its history.

To search the database, click on the Search button on the upper right side of any page and type in a topic or name of a person. One can also click on names of speakers and authors to find all of the Center resources available for each person.

In addition, one can search by area of focus. The seven areas of focus for the Center and the online directory are Criminal Justice, Economic Disparities, Educational Disparities, Families, Youth and the Elderly, Health, Interracial Disparities and Mental Health. To view information by area of focus:

  • Click on the area of focus listed below

Connect Instantly to More than 10 Years of Research

The center has always served as a leading resource for race-related research, but now it offers unprecedented access for students, educators, foundations, and government agencies whose work depends on good scholarship.

•  More than 100 videos of lectures from the speaker series, summer institutes, and the Race in America conference

•  Pilot studies and other research projects at the center

•  Hundreds of publications, including the journal Race and Social Problems

•  Educational resources, such as graduate course listings and award-winning student papers

•  A listing of all center activities

Numerous Topics Presented by the Brightest Minds

Racial disparities across a number of areas are as blatant today as they were half a century ago. Information available from the Race Research Online Directory is particularly helpful to community leaders and policymakers interested in gaining a better understanding of racial disparities and finding effective strategies for improving these conditions.

Explore by Areas of Focus

Criminal Justice
Imbalance in the criminal justice system, racial disproportionality in prison, awareness of racial bias in policing, and racial profiling research and policy

Economic Disparities
Race and the American dream, economic disparities among the races, employment trends, policy implications, and creating equal opportunity

Educational Disparities
Reducing discipline problems, confronting achievement gaps in schools, race differences in postsecondary achievement, and creating safe and orderly schools

Families, Youth, and the Elderly
Strengthening minority families, domestic violence, minority aging and health factors, and children in the welfare system

Quality of health services for minorities, addressing obesity, focusing on health in schools, and solutions for health disparities

Interracial Group Relations
Racism and discrimination, housing and school segregation, implicit racial bias, and understanding different racial and ethnic groups

Mental Health
Schizophrenia, depression, and the impact of major mental illness on minorities; racial bias in diagnostic and coercive practices; mental health stigma; improving access to quality psychosocial treatment; and transdiagnostic comorbidity

The directory offers presentation videos by scholars such as the following:

Elijah Anderson
William K. Lanman, Jr. Professor of Sociology
Yale University

Patricia Gurin
Nancy Cantor Distinguished University Professor Emerita of Psychology and Women’s Studies
University of Michigan

Douglas S. Massey
Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs
Princeton University

Michael Sherraden
Benjamin E. Youngdahl Professor of Social Development and Director, Center for Social Development, George Warren Brown School of Social Work
Washington University in St. Louis

Marta Tienda
Maurice P. During Professor in Demographic Studies and Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs
Princeton University

About the Center on Race and Social Problems

In 2002, the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh established the Center on Race and Social Problems (CRSP) to help lead America further along the path to social justice by conducting race-related research, mentoring emerging scholars, and disseminating race-related research findings and scholarship. Today, CRSP is one of the most productive and exciting centers in the country. In 2010, it hosted the largest conference on race ever held in America. In addition, the center offers a speaker series, summer institutes, and an online directory; publishes demographic reports and the journal Race and Social Problems; and much more.

Contact Information 

School of Social Work
Center on Race and Social Problems
2001 Cathedral of Learning
4200 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA  15260

Phone: 412-624-7382