An author, cultural critic and social scientist, Dr. Crystal Marie Fleming is committed to empowering people with the conceptual tools needed to understand, confront and challenge white supremacy. She is Associate Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies at SUNY Stony Brook. Dr. Fleming’s passion for speaking truth to power, addressing injustice and promoting equality infuses her scholarship, writing and teaching. She has conducted research on racism and anti-racism in the United States and France, and collaborated on projects examining the experiences of ethnic and racial minorities in Brazil and Israel. She earned a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in Sociology from Harvard University and graduated with honors in Sociology and French from Wellesley College. Her research 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.
Her critically acclaimed book, How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy and the Racial Divide (Beacon Press), combines memoir, critical race theory, social commentary and satire to debunk common misconceptions about racism. The book was published in 2018 and earned a starred Kirkus review as well as a glowing write ups in Publisher’s Weekly, Bustle, ESPN/The Undefeated among others. Her first 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. Building on her award-winning dissertation, the book marshals ethnographic data, archival research and in-depth interviews with French activists and descendants of slaves to examine how commemorations of enslavement and abolition both challenge and reproduce the racial order.
A public intellectual known for her frank talk and insouciant humor, Crystal's provocative writing and speaking engage a broad range of scholarly and personal topics, from racism and white supremacy to politics, spirituality, feminism, (bi)sexuality and philosophy. Her essays and op-eds can be found in popular venues like Newsweek, Vox, The Root, Everyday Feminism, Black Agenda Report, Black Perspectives and Huffington Post. She is represented by literary agent Michael Bourret.
Dr. Fleming is also a bold, dynamic and influential voice on Twitter with over 40,000 followers and millions of readers. Her tweets on racism and politics have been 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.
Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Dr. Fleming grew up on the East Coast in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Currently, she lives with her partner and their adorable cat in New York City.