In response to the current events of anti-black police violence and other forms of racism, Harvard WGS faculty have compiled a list of recommended reading for anyone seeking to understand contemporary formations of racism from a perspective that integrates analysis of race with that of gender and sexuality. We hope that these readings are a guide for all who strive to understand and respond to racism.
We are thankful to the Harvard Department of African and African American Studies for inspiring us with its AAAS Faculty Reading Recommendations list.
The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities edited by Ching-In Chen, Jai Dulani, and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (HOLLIS link)
Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper (HOLLIS link)
Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology by Deirdre Cooper Owens (HOLLIS link)
Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced, and Underprotected by Kimberlé Crenshaw et al.
They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South by Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers (HOLLIS link)
This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color edited by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa (HOLLIS link)
Black Feminism Reimagined: After Intersectionality by Jennifer C. Nash (HOLLIS link)
Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color by Andrea Ritchie (HOLLIS link)
Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty by Dorothy Roberts (HOLLIS link)
The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class by David R. Roediger (HOLLIS link)
Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity by C. Riley Snorton (HOLLIS link)
Proud Boys and the White Ethnostate: How the Alt-Right Is Warping the American Imagination by Alexandra Minna Stern (HOLLIS link)
Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia by Sabrina Strings (HOLLIS link)
How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective edited by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (HOLLIS link)