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COMM 110/130 Love: Social Justice

What is Social Justice

Definition: To study social justice is to learn about the problems that dramatically impact quality of life for certain populations, and how people have worked to solve those problems.

Social Justice Readings

  • Alexander, M., & West, C. (2012). The new Jim Crow: Mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness. The New Press.

  • Camangian, P. (2008). Untempered Tongues: Teaching performance poetry for social justice. English Teaching: Practice and Critique7(2), 35–55.

  • Gutiérrez y Muhs, G. (2012). Presumed incompetent: The intersections of race and class for women in academia. Boulder, Colorado:University Press of Colorad

  • Hill Collins, P. (2000). Black feminist thought knowledge, consciousness, and the politics of empowerment. Retrieved from

  • Kuntz, A.M. (2015). The responsible methodologist: Inquiry, truth-telling, and social justice. Walnut Creek, CA. Left Coast Press, Inc.

  • Ladson-Billings, G., & Tate, W. F. (1995). Toward a critical race theory of education.  Teachers College Record, 97, 47–68.

  • Powell, J. A. (2012). Racing to justice: Transforming our conceptions of self and other to build an inclusive society. Bloomington : Indiana University Press.

  • Rossatto, C. A., Allen, R. L., & Pruyn, M. (2006). Reinventing critical pedagogy: Widening the circle of anti-oppression education (Rowman & Littlefield.

  • Solorzano, D. G., & Yosso, T. J. (2002). Critical race methodology: Counter-storytelling as an analytical framework for education research. Qualitative Inquiry, 8(1), 23–44.

  • Templeton, E., Love, B., Davis, B. H., & Davis Jr, M. (2016). Illusions of inclusion: University policies that perpetuate exclusion of students of color. Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity2(1)., 409–428.

  • Templeton, E., Love, B. H., & Johnson, O. (Eds.). (2021). Elevating marginalized voices in academe: Lessons to a new generation of scholars. Routledge.

  • Tuck, E. (2009). Suspending damage: A letter to communities. Harvard Educational Review.

Other Resources

Social Justice Domains

  • Identity
  • Diversity
  • Justice
  • Action

Social Justice Topics

  • Race & Ethnicity
  • Religion
  • Ability
  • Class
  • Immigration
  • Gender & Sexuality
  • Bullying & Bias
  • Rights & Activism

Books from the Catalog