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Social Justice Corner (topic guide)

This guide attempts to provide a starting point to learn about social justice initiatives across the Emory Libraries, Emory Campus, Atlanta, and beyond, as well as provide knowledge and resources to key social justice issues.

Carol Anderson

Carol Anderson is Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies at Emory University. Professor Anderson’s current research and teaching focus on public policy; particularly the ways that domestic and international policies intersect through the issues of race, justice and equality in the United States. From Faculty Profile Page

See selected publications below. For more information see Dr. Anderson's curriculum vitae or website, or follow her on twitter.

Want to check out a book by Professor Anderson? Here's a list of her works in discoverE.

Valerie Babb

Valerie Babb is Andrew Mellon Professor of Humanities at Emory University. She holds a joint appointment in the departments of African American Studies and English. She teaches courses in African American literature, American literature, and constructions of race in the United States. Her research explores African American literature and culture, the impact of racial whiteness on a multicultural US, and the mapping of communities in transition.

Want to check out a book by Professor Babb? Here's a list of her works in discoverE. For additional publications try this search in Google Scholar. 

Elizabeth Bounds

Elizabeth Bounds is Associate Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of Faith and the City at Candler Theological Seminary.  Her CV lists her education and all her publications.  Elizabeth Bounds' research engages: 

  • moral and theological responses to conflict and violence
  • restorative justice and the U.S. criminal justice system
  • peacebuilding and conflict transformation

Jericho Brown

Jericho Brown is the director of the Creative Writing Program and a professor at Emory University. He s author of the The Tradition (Copper Canyon 2019), for which he won the Pulitzer Prize. He is the recipient of numerous fellowships, and he is the winner of the Whiting Award, the American Book Award, the  Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and the Paterson Poetry Prize. See selected publications below. For more information see Jericho's website or follow him on twitter.

Want to check out a book by Jericho? Here's a list of his works in discoverE.

Dorothy Brown

Dorothy A. Brown is a professor of law at Emory University School of Law. She is a nationally recognized scholar in tax policy, race, and class and has published extensively on the racial implications of federal tax policy. She is highly sought after for her expertise in workplace inclusion issues. Brown joined Emory Law in 2008, focusing on federal tax law and critical race theory in her courses and scholarship.

For more information, please visit Professor Brown's Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN) Author Page and her faculty profile page.

Elizabeth Corrie

Elizabeth Corrie is the Associate Professor in the Practice of Youth Education and Peacebuilding and the Director of the Religious Education Program at the Candler School of Theology.

Corrie's teaching draws on commitments to both peace with justice and the education of young people, particularly the development of teaching and ministry that empower people for global citizenship. She joined Candler’s faculty in 2007, and is also the director of the Religious Education Program. Her research interests include transformative pedagogy, theories of nonviolence, and conflict transformation. For more information, please see her faculty profile and CV.

For recent articles, try this search on Google Scholar.

Greg Ellison

The Rev. Dr. Gregory C. Ellison II joined the Candler faculty in 2009. His teaching draws primarily from his work with the organization he founded called Fearless Dialogues, a non-profit organization that creates unique spaces for unlikely partners to have hard, heartfelt conversations on taboo subjects like racism, classism, and community violence.  Ellison’s research focuses on caring with marginalized populations, pastoral care as social activism, and 20th and 21st century mysticism.  For more information, view Ellison's webpage here.

Teresa Fry Brown

The Rev. Dr. Teresa L. Fry Brown is the Bandy Professor of Preaching, a chaired professorship created in 1986 with a gift from B. Jackson Bandy that is considered by many to be the country’s premier chair in homiletics. Fry Brown has taught at Candler since 1994, and in 2010, she became the first African American woman to attain the rank of full professor. She also served as the Director of Candler’s Black Church Studies program until 2015.

Fry Brown’s research interests include homiletics, womanism, womanist ethics, socio-cultural transformation, and African diaspora history focusing on African American spiritual values.  For more information, view Rev. Dr. Teresa L. Fry Brown CV

Andra Gillespie

Andra Gillespie is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the James Weldon Johnson Institute at Emory University.  . Gillespie’s teaching portfolio includes numerous classes on race and politics in the United States. She teaches the undergraduate survey course in African American politics, as well as a specialized course called “New Black Political Leadership.” She has also taught courses in political participation, experimental methods, and race and elections. Gillespie’s current research focuses on the political leadership of the post-civil rights generation. In addition to her academic work, Gillespie maintains an active public profile, providing regular commentary for local and national news outlets and on Twitter.  She has appeared on Atlanta’s local ABC, NBC, Fox, CBS, and PBS affiliates, as well as CNN, NPR and FamilyNet.  Her editorials have been featured in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Washington Post, and Politico.


Dr. Gillespie's other books contributions to edited volumes are available here.

Kali Nicole Gross

Erica Hall

Erika V. Hall is an Assistant Professor of Organization & Management at the Goizueta Business School.  Her areas of expertise include Race Gender and Class in the Workplace, Minorities in Organizations, Organization and Management, and Social Psychology.  For more information, view Erika Hall's CV. 

Tayari Jones

Tayari Jones is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory. She is the author of the novels Leaving AtlantaThe UntellingSilver Sparrow and An American Marriage, which was a 2018 Oprah’s Book Club Selection and won the 2019 Aspen Words Literary Prize and the 2019 Women's Prize for Fiction. Her writing has appeared in Tin HouseThe BelieverThe New York Times, and Callaloo. For more information on Tayari see her webpage or twitter feed.

Kyle Lambelet

Kyle Lambelet is a Louisville Postdoctoral Fellow at the Candler School of Theology. He teaches and researches at the intersection of political theology, religious ethics and social change. His current research examines the apocalyptic dimensions of talk about climate change, and how apocalyptic political theologies can offer resources for pastoral and political engagement in the midst of endings. For more information, see his faculty profile and CV.


For a list of Dr. Lambelet's articles, see this search on Google Scholar.

Emily Liu

Emily Liu is an associate director of employer relations at the Goizueta Business School 

Ellen Ott Marshall

Ellen Ott Marshall is Associate Professor of Christian Ethics and Conflict Transformation. Marshall's areas of expertise are:

  • contemporary Christian ethics
  • peace building, violence, and conflict transformation 
  • gender and moral agency 

For a list of Dr. Marshall's articles, see this search on Google Scholar. 

Michael Leo Owens

Michael Leo Owens is Associate Professor of Political Science and Faculty Associate of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University.  The author of God & Government in the Ghetto: The Politics of Church-State Collaboration in Black America (University of Chicago Press, 2007), his current projects include his Prisoners of Democracy project that studies public policies and political attitudes towards people convicted of felonies and political behavior by felons as democratic citizens. He has published widely on topics of public-private partnerships, nonprofits and politics, church-state politics, and criminal justice reform, in journals such as Urban Affairs Review, American Politics Research, Political Research Quarterly, Journal of Urban Affairs and Perspectives on Politics.

He serves on the Board of Directors of Prison Policy Initiative, the Advisory Board of the Georgia Justice Project, the National Advisory Board of Foreverfamily, Inc., and the Editorial Boards of Politics & Religion and the Journal of Urban Affairs. He is a former Chair of the Governing Board of the Urban Affairs Association.

Before joining the Emory faculty, Dr. Owens conducted public policy research for the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government and the New York State Temporary Commission on Constitutional Revision. He also served on the legislative staff of the New York State Senate.

For a full list of Dr. Owens' research, consider the following search in Google Scholar.

Nichole Phillips

Nichole R. Phillips is the Associate Professor in the Practice of Sociology of Religion and Culture, the Director of Black Church Studies at Emory University, and a Senior Faculty Fellow at the Emory Center for Ethics. Her main areas of interest are as follows:

  • moral commitments and vision of community and congregational members (intersection of religion and American public life with a focus on community and congregational studies)
  • religion, critical race, gender, and cultural memory studies
  • sociology of science and religion

For more information, please see her profile page and her CV. Her Twitter hashtag is @phillipsnr6.

If you would like to check out out a book by Professor Phillips, please see a list of her works in discoverE. A list of his articles, see this search on Google Scholar.

Alyasah ''Ali'' Sewell

Alyasah “Ali” Sewell  is Associate Professor of Sociology and the Founding Director of the Race and Policing Project. Their areas of expertise are: 

  • political economic approaches of health and health care
  • neighborhood effects approaches to human development
  • critical racisms approaches of systemic inequality 
  •  the illness spillovers of institutionalized inequities (specifically, policing and housing)
  •  ethnoracial inequities in lay attitudes toward medicine
  •  the racialization of sociopolitical economies
  •  the matrix of domination

For more information, see Dr. Sewell's website

For a list of Dr. Sewell's publications,see this search on Google Scholar. 

Freddy Smith Jr

Kylie Smith

Kylie Smith is an Associate Professor with Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and the Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Fellow for Nursing and the Humanities. Her research focuses on the history of psychiatry, history of nursing, racism and civil rights in health care, Her forthcoming book is "Jim Crow in the Asylum: Psychiatry and Civil Rights in the American South." 

"Jim Crow in the Asylum: Psychiatry and Civil Rights in the American South." looks at the impact of the Civil Rights Act on racist practices in psychiatric hospitals in Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi, and compares the reactions of these state governments to the mandate to integrate. In doing so, her work will reveal the horrific conditions that existed for African Americans in state asylums and make links between past practices and current disparities in mental health.

Carl Suddler

Carl Suddler is an African American historian whose research interests lie at the intersections of youth, race, and crime. Suddler’s scholarship is committed to developing better understandings of the consequences of inequity in the United States. His research and teaching interests are related to twentieth-century U.S. history, African American urban history, histories of crime and punishment, the carceral state, sport history, and histories of childhood and youth. 

Calvin Warren

Calvin Warren is an Associate Professor in African American Studies and WGSS, and his research interests are in the area of

  • Continental Philosophy (particularly post-Heideggerian and nihilistic philosophy),
  • Lacanian psychoanalysis,
  • queer theory, B
  • lack Philosophy,
  • Afro-pessimism, and
  • theology.

George Yancy

George Yancy is the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Philosophy at Emory University, and a Montgomery Fellow at Darhmouth College. His main areas of research are as follows:

  • critical philosophy of race
  • critical whiteness studies
  • critical phenomenology (especially racial embodiment), 
  • African-American philosophy and philosophy of the black experience.

Yancy is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships. He has published numerous books and articles. Selected publications are listed below. His article, "Dear White America," in the New York Times won the American Philosophical Association Committee on Public Philosophy's Op-Ed Contest in 2016. For more information on his other publications, please see his website. His Twitter hashtag is @ProfGeorgeYancy.

If you would like to check out out a book by Professor Yancy, please see a list of his works in discoverE. For a list of his articles, see this search on Google Scholar.

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