The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Resources for Faculty

As faculty work to disrupt racism and create a more socially just world in different ways, we have many resources that can assist us in this work. Below, we highlight racial justice-related resources available at UMass Amherst, with links to other recommended resources for teaching, personal growth, classroom use, and other applications. 

Curricular Resources for Addressing Racial Inequality and Disrupting Racism

  • The Anthropoliteia #BlackLivesMatter Syllabus, created in 2017, provides a space for the anthropologists to share resourcespertaining to th eBlack Lives Matter movement. This project will be updated with additional resources and strategies for teaching and responding to the present moment. Access a list of books and other additional readings from the Anthropology News website here which were complied following the 2017 Charlottesville, VA attack.
  • The Seeing I to I app includes a narrated survey to anonymously register how different members of your school community (students, parents, teachers, non-teaching staff) see treatment of different groups of students in terms of respect and/or bias.
  • Human variation exists on a spectrum that can’t be easily divided into races; we are more alike than we are different. "Race" is not a scientific, biological fact, but as expert Yolanda Moses says, "this doesn't mean race isn't real. Politically and culturally, race is a very real fact." Read the full American Anthropological Association statement on race.
  • Race, Racism, and Protesting Anthropology is an open-access collection of articles that examine work by scholars applying anthropology to contemporary protests. This issue of Open Anthropology from 2015 includes articles that address Ferguson, the contributions made by anthropologists of color, and the nature of white supremacy in the US.
  • AAA hosted Webinar - Anthropology of Policing: The Persistenceof Racialized Police Brutality and Community Responses.
  • Canada Bangladesh Social Justice Action Research Alliance (CBSJARA) Webinar - Black Lives Matter Movement and the Race Politics in South Asian Diaspora.
  • "Was that racist?" View the footage from this AAA 2016 Executive Session and add your own thoughts in the comments.
  • AAA member Donna Auston's 2017 interview with University of Queensland's World 101X about her research on Black Lives Matteris available here. She provides a detailed discussion of race, Islamophobia, and state violence in the US, as well as of anthropological methods and public anthropology in times of social crisis.
  • "Speaking of Race" is a podcast out of the University of Alabama produced by a group of concerned professors coming from a constructivist position who want to share ideas about race.

Practices for all economists:

  • Follow AEA Best Practices for Economists.
  • Take action: How You Can Work to Increase the Presence and Improve the Experience of Black, Latinx and Native American People in the Economics Profession (forthcoming in JEP)

Practices for instructors:

Political Science

Crowd-sourced or Google Doc Syllabi Projects: Black Lives Matter, Systemic Racism, Social Justice  

APSA Diversity & Inclusion Resources  

Respect Campaign  

Raise the Vote Campaign    

APSA Educate 

APSA Demographic Data on the Diversity in the Discipline  

Toolkits and Resources  

How to be(come) an  Ally   


The American Sociological Association's (ASA) online peer-reviewed library of high-quality teaching resources includes syllabi, class activities, assignments, lectures, and more. During these unprecedented times, ASA has temporarily made this members-only resource free to everyone. Below you will find a concise collection of TRAILS resources that you may find useful in teaching about race, police violence, and justice. You may log in to TRAILS using your ASA usersname and password, regardless of your membership status.  If you do not have an ASA username and password, you can create one here

  • Sociological Insights Videos 
  • The Society Pages 
  • SAGE Teaching Collection on Structural Racism 
  • Contexts magazine  
  • Teaching Sociology - Race and Ethnicity Resources from the American Sociological Association. 
  • A Sociology Experiment is a fully online textbook written by sociologists for sociologists. It has everything you need to adopt a new class: slides to teach from, exercises to supplement student learning, a bank of test and discussions questions, data exercises, and so much more. It costs students just $1/chapter. If students can’t afford it, we’ll make it free to them. We don’t have a publisher, a staff, or any marketing. This is just a group of sociologists trying to create a better textbook and set of teaching materials for our colleagues that is accessible to all students. Last year over 6,000 students used our materials. We’re spending this summer to improve them further.