Racial Profiling, Security, and Human Rights: State-Sanctioned Violence and Anti-Blackness

The police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Tony McDade, a transman, sparked the current uprising, but we shouldn’t forget the much longer list of people, women and trans people included, we’ve lost because of police brutality and the violence that civilians, vigilantes supposedly enforcing law and order in their communities, also inflict on … Continue reading

How a Divided USA Faces a Convergence of Multiple Crises

This essay is a slightly revised version of the original English-language version of an op-ed translated into Slovak for Pravda, which posted it on June 2, 2020: https://spravy.pravda.sk/svet/clanok/553237-rozdelene-usa-celia-viacerym-krizam/ I appreciate the interest that Pravda, a newspaper in Slovakia, has in covering the escalating situation in Minneapolis and national responses to it, from the White House to … Continue reading

Police Brutality, Mass Protests, & Demands for Racial Justice

I was interviewed on the current civil unrest in the United States, which is being closely watched all over the world.  I’m posting a link to “Systemic racism in the U.S. assumes a variety of covert and overt forms,” which is on the website of the human rights organization, Organization for Defending Victims of Violence … Continue reading

Remembering Olive Morris, Black British Activist

The current situation in Great Britain, which has given rise to an urban uprising in several parts of London as well as in other English cities and towns has made me think back to my observations of working class life in the Brixton of the mid-late 1970s.  I went there to investigate the experiences of Caribbean immigrants, … Continue reading


My teaching reflects my interests as an intellectual, which are quite broad-ranging.  However, the topics and themes of highest priority to me are those that “world social sciences”— attentive to the structurally-induced “knowledge divides” that characterize the international division of intellectual labor—deem to be of high priority (ISSC 2010).  This is so, in good part, … Continue reading

Suriname Bound!

I’m in the middle of making plans to go to Paramaribo, Suriname for the first time.  I’ve been invited to give an intensive, week-long seminar on feminist, indigenous, and other critical research methodologies.  I developed what is to be a module of a year-long methods course that graduate students in the social sciences are required to take … Continue reading

WHAT DOES “TRANSFORMATION” MEAN? Reflections on the Cross-Cultural Glimpses of a Traveler

I had the privilege of spending time in both South Africa and Cuba this past spring.  I was on leave, time release they also call it, from my regular job teaching in a large public university in the southeastern region of the U.S.   I planned to spend the year catching up on my reading and … Continue reading

Cuban Transformation through the Lens of Black Women

This is a sequel to my earlier entry on transformation in Cape Town, South Africa, based on my experiences and observations this past February and March.  As I wrote there, about a month after my return home, I found out about a program that facilitated group travel to Cuba. The particular program was what the educationa travel service called a … Continue reading