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Melissa F. Weiner


Sociology and Anthropology Department
Africana Studies

Latin American, Latinx, and Caribbean Studies

Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis


Fields: race and ethnicity, education, social movements, social justice

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Office Phone: 508-793-2217
Office: Beaven 226
PO Box: 69A
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Melissa F. Weiner is an Associate Professor of Sociology. She received her BA in Sociology and BS in Journalism from Boston University (2000) and her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities (2006). Weiner’s research and teaching addresses racializing mechanisms both in the U.S. and from a global perspective.

She has published extensively from her fieldwork, conducted in the Netherlands, on topics related Dutch racism, particularly in the context of education and addressing both classroom practices and curriculum. 

Professor Weiner's first book (Power, Protest, and the Public Schools, Rutgers, 2010) examined how schools shape racial identities and inequalities while race and ethnicity simultaneously shaped protests by Jews and African Americans in New York City in the early and mid- twentieth century. 

Her recent publications include:

Melissa F. Weiner. 2015. “Whitening a Diverse Dutch Classroom: White Cultural Discourses in a Diverse Amsterdam Primary School.” Ethnic and Racial Studies 38(2): 359-376.

Melissa F. Weiner. 2014. “(E)Racing Slavery: Racial Neoliberalism, Social Forgetting and Scientific Colonialism  in Dutch Primary School History Textbooks.” DuBois Review 11(2): 329-351.

Melissa F. Weiner. 2014. “The Ideologically Colonized Metropole: Dutch Racism and Racist Denial.”Sociology Compass 8(6): 731-744.

Eric Mielants and Melissa F. Weiner. 2015. “Fortress Europe in the Field: Academics, Immigrants, and Methodological Considerations for Educational Studies.” International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education 28(4): 437-456.

Melissa F. Weiner. 2012. "Towards a Global Critical Race Theory.Sociology Compass 6(4): 332-350