David Embrick

David Embrick: Kathleen S. Lowney Mentoring Award

Please join us in congratulating David Embrick, winner of the 2022 Kathleen S. Lowney Mentoring Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems!

Established in 2016, the Kathleen S. Lowney Mentoring Award is awarded annually to an outstanding faculty member or community activist. The award was established to recognize the value of quality mentoring relationships between mentor and mentee and/or mentoring programs especially those for undergraduate or graduate students and/or for social activists, particularly for younger scholars and activists. 


David Embrick: What is Critical Race Theory–And Why is it Important to Understand?

Lorna Grisby's article in Reader's Digest, "What is Critical Race Theory--and Why is it Important to Understand?," asks experts to define the concept of Critical Race Theory and explain its real-world implications. Among those experts is David Embrick, Associate Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies. Check out an excerpt from the article below.


Racism is built into our systems and exists regardless of how well or how poorly individual people within those systems act. “There is a centrality of racism,” says David G. Embrick, PhD, an associate professor of sociology and African studies at the University of Connecticut. “It’s not based on the actions of individuals. Take those few bad apples out and the racist policies and practices will continue, because of how they’re embedded within our legal structure, our educational structure, and the workplace.”

David Embrick: UConn Partners with FutureLearn to Expand Digital Education Presence Globally

Check out UConn Today's recent article titled "UConn Partners with FutureLearn to Expand Digital Education Presence Globally" where they announce Associate Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies David Embrick, Assistant Professor of Communication Shardé M. Davis, and Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs Milagros Castillo-Montoya will be teaching an online course partnered with FutureLearn.


***Excerpt from Article***

The University of Connecticut has partnered with FutureLearn, one of the world’s leading social learning platforms, to begin offering courses globally as massive open online courses (MOOCs).

UConn, a research-intensive, top 25 public university, will mark the launch of the partnership with courses on racism in the United States. A two-course series will open for enrollment on FutureLearn starting March 14. Individuals can enroll in this free, public, online offering at FutureLearn’s website.

The first course, “Anti-Black Racism in America” by UConn sociology professor David Embrick, provides learners with a foundational grasp of anti-Black racism in order to inform a broader understanding of the global history of racism and the black-white binary that exists. It begins on March 14.

David Embrick: Publishing NOW! February 10, 2021

Heather Battaly (Philosophy, UConn)
David G. Embrick (Sociology and Africana Studies, UConn)
Charles Mahoney (English and Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies, UConn)

February 10, 2021, 1:15–2:30pm

An online webinar. Event registration is required for attendance.

Heather Battaly is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut. She specializes in epistemology, ethics, and virtue theory. She is the author of Virtue (Polity 2015), editor of The Routledge Handbook of Virtue Epistemology (2018) and of Virtue and Vice, Moral and Epistemic (Blackwell 2010), and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Philosophical Research. She has published widely on the topics of intellectual virtue and intellectual vice. Her currents projects focus on humility, closed-mindedness, and vice epistemology.

David G. Embrick holds a joint position as Associate Professor in the Sociology Department and the Africana Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut. Embrick’s research has centered largely on the impact of contemporary forms of racism on people of color. While most of his research is on what he has labeled “diversity ideology” and inequalities in the business world, he has published on race and education, racial microaggressions, the impact of schools-welfare-and prisons on people of color, and issues of sex discrimination. He serves as the founding co-editor of Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, founding book series editor of “Sociology of Diversity” with Bristol University Press, and founding book series co-editor of “Sociology of Race and Ethnicity” with University of Georgia Press.

Charles Mahoney, Professor of English and Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Connecticut, specializes in British Romantic literature and culture. The author and editor of various books and articles on Romantic poetry and non-fiction prose, he is currently completing work on an edition of Coleridge’s writings on Shakespeare for Princeton University Press. Since 2020, he has served as the editor of The Wordsworth Circle.

U.S. Anti-Black Racism Course

The Sociology Department is proud to be involved in the University's U.S. Anti-Black Racism Course. This 1-credit course introduces students to foundational history and concepts related to systemic and anti-Black racism.

David Embrick

Modules 1, 3, 9

Noel Cazenave

Module 3

Fumilayo Showers

Modules 1, 3, 9

Marcus Garcia

Course Moderator

Rhys Hall

Course Moderator

David Embrick: Africana Studies Institute Faculty Research Funding

Congratulations to David Embrick, who is a distinguished awardee for the competitive 2019-2020 Africana Studies Institute Faculty Research Funding for his proposal titled "Blackness, Racial Oppression, and Continued Violations of Human Rights: Comparing [illegally occupied] Palestine and [racial apartheid in] South Africa."

The Africana Studies Institute (ASI) at the University of Connecticut prioritizes faculty research and extraordinary, cross institutional events for wide public dissemination (irrespective of disciplinary moorings) that privilege African-descended perspectives (continental or diasporic).