Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice
Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice

Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice

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Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice

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“It all comes back to how we think about ourselves and others. The need to redefine the concept of being human and move toward global racial justice begins by understanding and addressing the ways we resist recognizing people who live under different circumstances than our own.”   

—Michelle Stephens, Founding Executive Director

Addressing Racism and Social Inequality

The Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice is a conduit for new knowledge and ideas, providing opportunities for Rutgers faculty whose inquiries address racism and social inequality to work collaboratively and effect meaningful action and positive change. In bringing together scholars from multiple humanities disciplines across Rutgers—from law to language, from philosophy to art, from history to gender studies—the institute serves as a universitywide intellectual corridor that escalates the likelihood that their explorations and findings will inform real-world decisions, providing solutions to problems that have been increasingly thrust into sharp focus in the United States and around the globe.

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Poets and Scholars Summer Writing Retreat

Poets and Scholars Summer Writing Retreat, July 13–23, 2021 (online)

This inaugural workshop invites applications from creative and/or academic writers committed to antiracist writing practice. Stipends of $250 are available for selected Camden, N.J., residents and/or Rutgers undergraduates admitted as contributing participants. There is no fee for participation.
See workshop description and application requirements. 

Application deadline extended to May 15, 2021

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Institute Fellowship Postdoctoral Positions

Inaugural Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice Postdoctoral Program, 20212022 
These humanities-centered fellowships support scholars whose academic research demonstrates a deep investment in the areas of inquiry related to anti-racism and social inequality, at home and abroad. See position description and requirements.

Applications closed for 2021–2022

Scarlet and Black Fellowship Postdoctoral Positions

Scarlet and Black Fellowships, 2021–2023
The Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice and the School of Arts and Sciences invite applications for these fellowships. Fellowship scholars will be engaged in the examination of the global dimensions of anti-Black racism and its impact upon the Americas (1580 to the present). See the position description and requirements

Applications closed for 2021–2022

George Floyd Protest

Faculty from across Rutgers share their responses to the conviction of the former Minneapolis police officer in the death of George Floyd.

Rutgers President Jonathan Holloway

Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice founding executive director Michelle Stephens interviews Rutgers president Jonathan Holloway about his new book, The Cause of Freedom: A Concise History of African Americans, published by Oxford University Press.

Historic African American Images

At a time of hope and need for justice and healing in the nation, Rutgers Today, in marking Black History Month, asked faculty from across Rutgers—including Elise Boddie of the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice—to share their reflections, add context to this moment in history, and help chart a course for a better future. 

Michelle Stephens

Michelle Stephens is steering the work of the new institute, funded through a $15 million five-year grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, that will bring together scholars from across the university to use humanistic theories, methods and approaches to study global issues of race and social justice.

Campus Directors

The Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice named four of the university’s most distinguished academic scholars in civil rights, history, literature, and creative writing as directors of campus branches across the university and launched a postdoctoral program supporting research in anti-racism and social inequality.

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The establishment of the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice marks a new direction among higher education institutions by using humanistic theories, methods and approaches to study global issues of race and social justice. The institute will span the entire university and will include centers at Rutgers’ campuses in Newark, New Brunswick, and Camden.