Making Irreplaceable Contributions to the Studies of Race and Racism: Dr. David Embrick

A special congratulations to David Embrick, who was a distinguished recipient of the American Sociological Association's 2023 Cox-Johnson-Frazier Award along with David L. Brunsma (Virginia Tech) for their "irreplaceable contributions to the studies of race and racism."

The ASA website for the Cox-Johnson-Frazier Award states that the award "is given to an individual or individuals for work in the intellectual traditions of Oliver Cox, Charles S. Johnson, and E. Franklin Frazier, three African-American scholars. Cox, Johnson, and Frazier placed their scholarship in service to social justice, with an eye toward advancing the status of disadvantaged populations. Their scholarship was not limited to just the gathering of more data, but was rather scholarship that was attempting to better conditions globally.  Cox, Johnson, and Frazier worked to broaden the thinking of society and to broaden what the mainstream included."

Dr. Embrick and Dr. Brunsma were recognized for their contributions as scholars, editors, and mentors. Below is a summary of the impressive strides this duo has made in the field of race and racism and beyond:

  • In 2013, Dr. Brunsma and Dr. Embrick founded ASA's flagship journal for the publications of studies of race and racism: Sociology of Race & Ethnicity (SRE) as the official journal of the ASA Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities. 
  • For nine years Brunsma and Embrick served as co-editors of SRE, the go-to source for "innovative anti-racist scholarship". During this time they oversaw the publication of over 270 academic articles!
  • The duo then went on to create even more publishing opportunities through their Sociology of Race & Ethnicity book series with the University of Georgia Press. 
  • Additionally, Dr. Brunsma and Dr. Embrick have made significant investments through their mentoring efforts with junior faculty of color and hundreds of students over their careers.
  • Finally, they have impressively toured over 40 university campuses to offer workshops on the publishing process in which young scholars can gain insights and advice on how to navigate and succeed in the discipline. 

To read more about Dr. Embrick's and Dr. Brunsma's contributions and work, you can check out this featured article from ASA.

To Dr. Embrick, on behalf of your colleagues, advisees, and mentees, the sociology department wishes to thank you for your incredible dedication and service to the studies of race/ethnicity and racism. We are honored to have you as a part of our community and congratulate you for this much deserved award! 

David Embrick