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Department of Sociology and Anthropology
University of Mississippi

Critical Race Studies Group

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The purpose of the CRSG is to identify and address racial and other inequalities at the University of Mississippi and elsewhere, thus helping to promote vibrant, respectful, diverse communities.

The CRSG aims to be a leading contributor to both preventing and resolving problems concerning race and racism, particularly on our campus and in the Deep South. We also want to move beyond the black/white binary, understanding that the category of difference known as “race” intersects with other axes of difference, including but not limited to sex, gender, class, religion, sexuality, and nationality.

CRSG scholars are committed to using interdisciplinary perspectives and complementary skills to inspire informed dialogue, produce engaged scholarship, and facilitate institutional change. Through these efforts, we want to increase awareness of inequalities, and produce theoretically sound proactive measures and pragmatic solutions.

CRSG aims to serve as a source of expert opinion and professional support for administrators, students, scholars, community leaders, and journalists regarding racial and race-related concerns. CRSG also aims to provide opportunities for University of Mississippi students and faculty to engage collaboratively in public service through campus-wide, local, and national initiatives.

Publications & Reports

2018. Johnson, Kirk, Willa Johnson, James M. Thomas, John J. Green. “Microaggressions at the University of Mississippi: A Report from the UM Race Diary Project.” The Critical Race Studies Grup at the University of Mississippi.

2017. Barbara H. Combs, “People Like Us: Dominance-oriented Racial Affiliation Preferences and the White Greek System on a Southern U.S. Campus.” Sociological Spectrum 37 (1): 27-47. doi:10.1080/02732173.2016.1264281

2016. Barbara H. Combs, Kirsten Dellinger, Jeffrey T. Jackson, Kirk A. Johnson, Willa M. Johnson, Jodi Skipper, John Sonnett, James M. Thomas, and Critical Race Studies Group. “The Symbolic Lynching of James Meredith: A Visual Analysis and Collective Counter Narrative to Racial Domination.” Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 2 (3): 338-353. doi:10.1177/2332649215626937


Critical Race Studies Group

Department of Sociology & Anthropology

University of Mississippi
PO Box 1848
University, MS 38677