University of Pittsburgh
September 10, 2009

Pitt's Center on Race and Social Problems Launches Groundbreaking Journal

First edition examines issues ranging from the economic plight of Mexican Americans to anti-Muslim discrimination in U.S. prisons

Sharon Blake


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PITTSBURGH-The new academic journal "Race and Social Problems"-the first of its kind in the country-is being launched by Pitt's Center on Race and Social Problems (CRSP).

Pitt School of Social Work Dean and CRSP director Larry E. Davis will be on hand to explain the journal's significance to members of the media at 2 p.m. Sept. 14 at the School of Social Work Conference Center, 20th floor, Cathedral of Learning, 4200 Fifth Ave., Oakland. Copies of the inaugural issue also will be available.

Published by Springer in both paper and electronic forms, "Race and Social Problems" is designed to unite scholars who previously may have been divided by fields of study. This multiracial, multidisciplinary periodical will publish articles that address race and its relationship to today's psychological, cultural, and socioeconomic problems. Articles will be written by both well-established researchers and younger scholars with new perspectives. Rather than be locked into a particular racial or ethnic group or just one discipline, such as law or politics, "Race and Social Problems" will have a broad appeal.

"We want to enhance the potential for a cross-fertilization of ideas across disciplines as well as among various racial and ethnic groups." said Davis, who established CRSP in 2002. "It is our hope that this journal will not only influence scholars, but also social policy makers."

The lead article in the inaugural issue is by William Julius Wilson, Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University and the first Black sociologist to win the MacArthur Prize. The other authors represent social scientists from around the country. Their topics include how and why Mexican Americans have shifted to the bottom of the U.S. socioeconomic hierarchy, the condition of Muslims in U.S. prisons, and the influence of household wealth on educational outcomes in Black families.

Every year, "Race and Social Problems" will publish a special issue. The December 2009 issue will embrace the topic Race and the Criminal Justice System, one of our society's most perplexing problems.