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?
Read about our new Global Public Voices initiative to promote Einaudi faculty’s public engagement on campus, in national debates, and around the world and meet the Global Public Voices fellows. This year’s theme: global racial justice.
New 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
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)
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)
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
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.