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Racial Justice

Protests against racism and structural inequality crescendoed in the United States and across the world in 2020. In more than 60 countries, international protesters expressed solidarity and demanded an end to local racisms, unequal justice, and state-sanctioned police violence.

Einaudi Center researchers with regional specialties that span the globe are joining this world call for justice and accountability. The Einaudi Center brings together faculty, students, and the campus community to identify and understand racism; study the policies, systems, and institutions that perpetuate racial inequality and violence; and engage to create a more just world.

We support public scholarship, thought leadership, and advocacy campaigns for antiracism and racial justice in education, migration and citizenship regimes, climate and land policy, economic opportunities, food systems, health, politics, and policing. Our work begins at home, on the Ithaca campus and in community-engaged projects, and extends to partnerships with international scholars and institutions.

Global Racial Justice and Equality 

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 racial 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 and other social identities constructed and maintained over time?

  • How do people experience racial and social inequities and act to challenge them?
  • How is inequality institutionalized in different places and contexts?
  • Which specific systems and policies today promote racism and racial violence?
  • What policy solutions will create greater equality and justice?

Global Public Voices

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—scholars, thinkers, and makers who can see new solutions and envision a more just and equitable future. Find out more.

world map in ink splashes

Webinar Series: Race Matters

Race Matters brings together international relations experts for critical conversations on colonial questions and racial justice across international relations. Join us to explore scholarship on race and racism and the policies, institutions, and systems that perpetuate racial inequality and violence worldwide.

First Panel Discussion: May 20

Research Questions in International Relations

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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)


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

Conversations about Race

The events of 2020—a year marked by a pandemic and worldwide protests against racism and racially motivated violence—made it clear that meaningful change requires diverse perspectives and joint action.

In academic year 2020–21, Einaudi Center researchers have led and joined in a variety of conversations, both formal and informal. We talked about race and racist policies in the U.S. and the regions of the world we know best, inequality and the structures that sustain it, justice reform, community engagement, and the world health crisis that is disproportionately affecting people of color in the United States.

Help us keep the conversations going. Join our upcoming virtual events and find out about Einaudi webinars.

Race and Racism Across Borders (April 12, 2021)

Nanjala Nyabola

Writer and activist Nanjala Nyabola joined Einaudi Center director Rachel Beatty Riedl, professor Kim Yi Dionne, and postdoc Eleanor Paynter to talk about human mobilities, asylum, vaccine nationalism, and activism that centers human experiences. Listen now to a special podcast mashup between Migrations: A World on the Move and Ufahamu Africa.

Webinars on Video

Confederate statue in Richmond, VA

Racism and the Future of Memorials (July 13, 2020)

Featuring IES director Esra Akcan: Confederate monuments and flags, transitional justice memorials around the world, and the physical remnants of black heritage in Harlem, New York.

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