Teaching about Race and Criminal Justice

In response to national conversations about race and policing, Stonehill faculty have compiled this list of resources they're finding useful in the classroom. If you have suggested resources to contribute, please contact the CTL.


Trayvon Martin, Race, and American Justice: Writing Wrong (2014)

James Tyner's Space, Place, and Violence: Violence and the Embodied Geographies of Race, Sex, and Gender (2011)

Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (2012)

Patricia Williams' The Rooster's Egg (1997) 

Katherine Beckett's Banished: The New Social Control in Urban America (2011)

Michael Tonry's Punishing Race: A Continuing American Dilemma (2011)

Cathy Lisa Schneider's Police Power and Race Riots: Urban Unrest in Paris and New York (2014)



"The Origins of 'Privilege'" (2014 interview with Peggy McIntosh)

Christian Coons' "How Many Police Shootings are Tragic Mistakes? How many can we Tolerate?" (2014)

"Two Sons, Two Very Different Conversations" (2014 blog post by an Easton resident)

Brittney Cooper's "White America's scary delusion: Why its sense of black humanity is so skewed" (2014)

Summaries of an AHA panel on teaching about Ferguson in the Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Education

Rehavi and Starr's "Racial Disparity in Federal Crime Statistics" (2014)

Sendhil Mullainathan's "Racial Bias, Even When We Have Good Intentions" (2015)

Rembert Browne's "The Front Lines of Ferguson" (2014)

Judith Butler's "What's Wrong with 'All Lives Matter'?" (2015)

David Berri's "What NBA Referees Can Teach Us About Overcoming Prejudices" (2014)

Ben Wright's "Teaching in the Shadow of the Darren Wilson Verdict" (2014)

Sarah Kendzior's "Ferguson, Inc.: The city's protest movement tries to find a path forward." (2015)

Claire Potter's "Teaching Baltimore, Teaching the History of American Violence." (2015)



James Baldwin's "Fifth Avenue, Uptown" (1960)

Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing (1989)

Spike Lee's Get on the Bus (1996)

Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Eulogy for the Martyred Children" (1963)

LA Review of Books' "Ferguson's Literary History" (2014)

"The Ferguson Theatre Syllabus" (2014)

Claudia Rankine's Citizen: An American Lyric (2014) -- listen to an interview with the poet here



"The Most Dangerous Four-Letter Word" (Dick Simon's TED talk)

"How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them" (Vernà Myers' TED talk)

POV's Fenceline: A Company Town Divided (2002)

Interview with MacAurthur Fellow Jennifer Eberhardt about her work to minimize the effects of unconscious bias in the Oakland PD

"Cops See It Differently" Part I and Part IIThis American Life episodes from February 6 & 13, 2015


Web Resources:

Columbia Law School has published FAQs on the Eric Garner and Michael Brown grand jury decisions.

New York Times timeline and collection of evidence related to Michael Brown shooting

ProPublica analysis of deadly force statistics

Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights



Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, "A Call for Community Justice"

Sociologists for Justice "Statement on Ferguson"


Other resource collections:

Stonehill Library blog post on #blacklivesmatter

Storify collection of #FergusonSyllabus discussion started by Marcia Chatelain, Georgetown U

"How to Teach Kids About What's Happening in Ferguson" (more suggestions generated by #FergusonSyllabus)

Sociologists for Justice's "Ferguson Syllabus" 

Wabash Center's "Race Matters in the Classroom" blog

Facing History and Ourselves (resource collections for the classroom)

Newsletter put out by Ferguson youth activists 

Crowdsourced "Baltimore Syllabus" 

African American Intellectual History Society's Charlestown Syllabus