Dr. Crystal Marie Fleming is Associate Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies at SUNY Stony Brook. She is an author, speaker and thought leader committed to empowering people with the conceptual tools needed to understand, confront and challenge white supremacy.
Her sociological research and writing explore racism and anti-racism in multiple national contexts. She is also broadly interested in critical race theory, social epistemology, intersectionality, spirituality and mindfulness. Her scholarship appears in journals such as The Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Poetics, Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race and Mindfulness. She has also published numerous book chapters in collected volumes on racism, neoliberalism and knowledge production.
Her book Resurrecting Slavery: Racial Legacies and White Supremacy in France (Temple University Press, 2017) uses critical race theory to significantly advance scholarship on racism in France and Europe. Drawing on ethnographic observation, archival research and in-depth interviews with activists and descendants of slaves in Paris, she examines how commemorations of enslavement and abolition both challenge and reproduce the racial order.
Her next book--How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy and the Racial Divide--combines rigorous engagement with interdisciplinary research, no-holds barred social commentary, memoir and humor to debunk common misconceptions about racism. The book will be published by Beacon Press in September of 2018 and is now available for pre-order via Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Indiebound and bookstores everywhere.
Crystal's public writing engages a broad range of scholarly, personal and political topics, from racism and white supremacy, professional academic culture to spirituality, feminism, (bi)sexuality, philosophy and epistemology. Her essays and op-eds can be found in popular venues like Vox, The Root, Everyday Feminism, Black Agenda Report, Black Perspectives and Huffington Post. She is represented by literary agent Michael Bourret.
She is also a dynamic and influential voice on Twitter with over 30,000 followers and millions of annual readers. Her tweets on racism and politics are frequently cited in pop culture and media outlets such as The Nation, Hip Hop Wired, The New Republic, Washington Post, Al Jazeera, Blavity, USA Today, BET and Buzzfeed.