Melissa F. Weiner


Sociology and Anthropology Department
Africana Studies

Latin American, Latinx, and Caribbean Studies

Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis


Fields: Racism, colonialism, enslaving

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Melissa F. Weiner is a 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). She has been affiliated with the European Research Centre on Migration and Ethnic Relations (Ercomer) at Utrecht University and the National Institute for the Study of Dutch Slavery and its Legacy (NiNsee) in Amsterdam. Her work, rooted in critical race and decolonial scholarship, identifies and theorizes white supremacist mechanisms of racism and colonialism in the US and internationally.

Recent books

Smash the Pillars: Decoloniality and the Imaginary of Color in the Dutch Kingdom (Lexington Books, 2018)

Power, Protest, and the Public Schools: Jewish and African American Struggles in New York City (Rutgers, 2010)

Selected publications

Melissa Weiner. 2022.  "Unfreedom: Enslaving in New Jersey through Gradual Abolition and Emancipation." Slavery & Abolition 43(3): 613-631.(

Melissa F. Weiner. 2018. “Decolonial Sociology: W.E.B. DuBois’s Foundational Theoretical and Methodological Contributions.” Sociology Compass 12(5): 1-15.

Melissa F. Weiner. 2016. “Colonized Curriculum: Racializing Discourses of Africa and Africans in Dutch Primary School History Textbooks.” Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 2(4): 450-465.

Melissa F. Weiner. 2016. “Racialized Classroom Practices in a Diverse Dutch Primary School: The Silencing, Disparagement, and Discipline of Students of Color.” Race, Ethnicity, and Education 19(6): 1351-1367. 

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

Melissa F. Weiner. 2010. “All the News That’s Fit to Print? Silence and Voice in Mainstream and Ethnic Press Accounts of African American Protest.” Research in Social Movements, Conflict, and Change 31: 297-324.

Ryan D. King and Melissa F. Weiner. 2007. “Group Position, Collective Threat, and American Anti-Semitism.” Social Problems 54(1): 45-72.