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Inequalities, Identities, and Justice

Protests against racism and structural inequality crescendoed in the United States and more than 60 countries around the world in 2020. At the Einaudi Center, researchers with regional specialties spanning the globe joined this world call for justice and accountability, launching Einaudi's racial justice global research priority.

As our work grew in 2021, our focus broadened to intersectional inequalities—in all places worldwide where marginalized groups struggle for access to resources, health, rights, security, and well-being. The Einaudi Center brings together faculty, students, and the campus community to identify and understand oppression; study the policies, systems, and institutions that perpetuate inequality and violence; and engage to create a more just world.

We support public scholarship, thought leadership, and advocacy campaigns to address inequalities experienced across the globe, including cleavages in society like race, religion, gender and sexuality, class, caste, language, and ethnicity. Our work begins on campus and extends to partnerships with international scholars and institutions.

Advocating for Equality and Justice

Systemic and overlapping inequalities create barriers to achieving social justice on a global scale. Einaudi’s programs and faculty are working together to identify opportunities for transformative change: new and practical ways to understand, communicate, and act to reduce existing inequalities and build a future with equal justice and opportunities. Our research is part of Cornell’s commitment to public engagement and community action.

Here are some key areas of inquiry:  

  • How are hierarchies of race, class, caste, and other social identities constructed and maintained over time?
  • How do people experience social inequities and act to challenge them?
  • How is inequality institutionalized in different places and contexts?
  • Which specific systems and policies today promote inequality and exclusion?
  • What policy solutions will create greater equality and justice?

Global Public Voices Fellows Make Their Voices Heard

Black Lives Matter June 2020 protest in Manchester, UK

Global Public Voices addresses worldwide inequities by elevating the expertise and voices of a diverse set of thought leaders. With a focus on inequalities, identities, and justice, this year’s fellows—including Einaudi faculty and international Oxfam staff—are bringing informed perspectives to the news.

Cornell Chronicle: Einaudi Announces New Global Public Voices Fellows

Talking about Race: Racial Justice Event Series

World map that looks like it's splotchy and dripping

Watch for upcoming events from these Einaudi Center series led by researchers at work on understanding racism and the policies, systems, and institutions that perpetuate it.

Class, Race, Global: with Tejasvi Nagaraja (Dec. 7 video at eCornell)
Decolonizing Antiracism: with Mohamed Abdou (Nov. 9 video)
Race Matters: with Siba N’Zatioula Grovogui (returning in spring 2022)

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Research Priority Highlights

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Faculty Leaders 

Rachel Beatty Riedl, Esra Akcan (IES), N’Dri Thérèse Assié-Lumumba (IAD), Andrea Bachner (EAP), Iftikhar Dadi (SAP), Jenny Goldstein (SEAP), Siba N’Zatioula Grovogui, Salah Hassan (IAD/CMSP), Saida Hodžić (IAD), Tristan Ivory (IAD/EAP), Gunisha Kaur (Migrations), Fouad Makki (CMSP), Viranjini Munasinghe (SAP), Chantal Thomas (IAD)

Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellows

Einaudi's Global Racial Justice Fellows are part of our interdisciplinary community committed to social justice. Meet the fellows.

Campus Resources