Crystal Marie Fleming is a writer, educator and Assistant Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies at Stony Brook University.
Fleming's research uses qualitative data to explore how people interpret and respond to oppression. She is also broadly interested in mindfulness, contemplative practices and diversity. This work has been supported by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the SSRC and the SUNY Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. She has published in journals such as Ethnic and Racial Studies, Poetics and the Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race as well as numerous edited volumes.
Her book project "Resurrecting Slavery" (forthcoming with Temple University Press) explores race politics and collective memory in France. This work is based on her award-winning dissertation, "Imagining French Atlantic Slavery", (Harvard, Sociology '11) which was recognized by the American Political Science Association as the best doctoral thesis on contemporary French Politics published in the last three years.
In addition to her research on race in France, Fleming is working on several new projects related to mindfulness and well-being, as well as a book blending memoir and methodological reflections entitled "Colored Knowledge".
Fleming's public writing explores issues of spirituality, (bi)sexuality, race, and knowledge production and appears most prominently on her blog, social media and venues such as The Huffington Post and Everyday Feminism.