Crystal Fleming 

Fleming

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. 2011, Harvard
Crystal.Fleming@stonybrook.edu

 

Areas of Interest

Critical Race Theory, Global White Supremacy, Temporality, Collective Memory, Social Movements, Mindfulness and Spirituality

Bio

As a cultural sociologist, my work is primarily concerned with three interrelated subjective dimensions of intergroup relations: (1) how social actors define their collective identities in relation to (2) the logics they use to understand contemporary racism and (3) their interpretations of past ethnoracial conflict like slavery, colonization and de jure segregation.  At the heart of my work is an interest in revealing the conditions and mechanisms that enable or constrain inter-ethnic solidarity, empathy and cooperation. Related interests include social memory studies, symbolic interactionism, black/feminist theory, social movements, stigma and interdicsiplinary work on the Black/African diaspora. I'm currently working on several interrelated projects.

My book Resurrecting Slavery: Racial Legacies and White Supremacy in France (2017 Temple University Press) utilizes a critical race perspective to analyze past and present racism in France.  At the heart of the book is a puzzle: How does a nation that officially frames itself as blind to race make sense of its racist and racial past?  To answer this question, I draw upon two years of qualitative fieldwork in the Paris region to assess how a variety of stakeholders -- white French politicians, black and multiracial activists and members of the French Caribbean public -- interpret transatlantic slavery and contemporary race politics in France. Using over 100 in-depth interviews, participant observation at cultural events and content analysis of political speeches, the book focuses on the emotional templates, conceptual frameworks, and racial logics deployed by the French to grapple with the slavery past. In particular, I draw attention to the role of ethnic and racial movements in (re)constructing the collective representations of colonialism while challenging the boundaries of citizenship and belonging in France.

Throughout the work, I offer France as a kind of social laboratory for understanding how social actors confront racial history in contexts shaped by white supremacy and colorblindness. Activists and ordinary people alike resist the colorblindness of the French state by historicizing race and racism—making connections between present and past racial oppression. Resurrecting Slavery moves beyond 'collective memory' to argue for a cultural sociology of "racial temporality", uncovering how social actors imagine the unfolding of ethnic and racial processes and projects through time.  I also explore the factors that foster or impede people's ability to make connections between the racial past, present and future. Despite the anti-racist aims of activists and officials' efforts to resurrect the history and memory of slavery, commemorations sometimes obscure, rather than unveil, institutional racism as well as the central role of whites and whiteness in the construction of racial oppression and anti-blackness in France. Overall I suggest that these factors undermine the efforts of minorities and white allies to comprehend and contest racial injustice.

My new line of research builds on my interests in race, temporality and well-being by examining the experiences of people of color in practicing mindfulness and meditation.

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Recent Publications

2017 Fleming, Crystal M. In Press. Resurrecting Slavery: Racial Legacies and White Supremacy in France. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

2016. Gonzalez, Adam, Locicero, B., Mahaffey, B., Fleming, C., Harris, J. and Vujanovic, A. “Internalized HIV-Stigma and Mindfulness: Associations with PTSD Symptom Severity in Trauma-Exposed Adults with HIV/AIDS. Behavior Modification.” Behavior Modification. 40(1-2): 144-163. (Invited)

2015. Fleming, Crystal M. and Morris, A. “Theorizing Ethnic and Racial Movements in the Global Age: Lessons from the Civil Rights Movement.” Sociology of Race and Ethnicity. 1(1): 105-126. 

2012. “White Cruelty or Republican Sins? Competing Frames of Stigma Reversal in French Commemorations of Slavery”, Ethnic and Racial Studies (35:3), pp. 448-505.

2012. “Varieties of Responses to Stigmatization: Macro, Meso, and Micro Dimensions.” (with Michèle Lamont and Jessica Welburn). Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race. 9(1): 43-49.

2012 “African Americans Respond to Stigmatization: The Meanings and Salience of Confronting, Deflecting Conflict, Educating the Ignorant and „Managing The Self..” (with Michèle Lamont and Jessica Welburn). Ethnic and Racial Studies 35(3): 400-417.2011.

2011 “The Educational Experiences of Caribbeans in France”, pp. 79-98  in Kassie Freeman, Ethan Johnson and Kelvin Shawn Sealey (Eds.), Education in the Black Diaspora. London and New York: Routledge.

2011. "Academic Conferences and the Making of Philosophical Knowledge" (with Neil Gross), in Camic, Charles, Neil Gross and Michèle Lamont (Eds.) Social Knowledge in the Making, Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

2007. "Black Cultural Capitalists: African American Elites and the Organization of the Arts in Early Twentieth-Century Boston" (with Lorraine Roses), Poetics (356), pp. 368-387.

2005. "Everyday Anti-Racism: Competence and Religion in the Cultural Repertoire of the African-American Elite and Working Class" (with Michèle Lamont), The Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race (2:1), pp. 29-43.

News & Events

    November 2016   
    Chandra Muller, University of Texas, Austin, Department of Sociology, November 14th, 4:00 - 5:30 PM, SBS N403, "Education and the Transition Through Adulthood to Midlife in the New Economy."
 
     Sociology Brown Bag Series presents Assistant Professor Jason Jones,
Wednesday, November 2, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "An Audit Study of Public School Principals:  Evidence for Selective Response."
 
    October 2016  
    Mindfulness and Diversity:  Mind-Body Approaches for Enhancing Awareness and Well-Being, Friday, October 28th, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. For information and to register, please go to
mindfulnessconference
IHSS will present Partha Chatterjee, Columbia University, Professor of Anthropology and of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies, October 26, 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM, SBS N318, "Governmentality in the East."
Stewart Hoover, University of Colorado-Boulder, Director of the Center for Media, Religion, and Culture, October 24th, 4:00 - 5:30 PM, SBS N403, "Does God Make the Man? Media, Religion, and the Crisis of Masculinity"
Josh Pacewicz, Brown University, Department of Sociology, October 10th, 4:00 - 5:30 PM, SBS N403, "Partisans & Partners:  The Politics of the Post-Keynesian Society."
 
    September 2016  
    IHSS will present Krishan Kumar, University of Virginia, University Professor and William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology, September 29, 2:30 PM - 3:50 PM, SBS N320, "The Time of Empire: History and Chronology in the Development of Empire."
Memories in the Discipline will present Anna Di Lellio, New School for Social Research, Assistant Professor, Graduate Program in International Relations , September 14, 2:30 PM - 3:50 PM, Poetry Center-Humanities Building, Film and Discussion: "Thinking of You."  Co-sponsored with the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Sociology Brown Bag Series presents Ph.D. student Carolyn Coburn, Wednesday, September 7, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403 "Organized Hypocrisy in the World Bank:  A Cross-National Analysis of Access to Water."
 
    May 2016  
    Carrie Shandra receives a grant from the Russell Sage Foundation for her project entitled, "The New Bottom Rung? Internship Vacancies and Hiring in the Entry Level Job Market."
Sociology Brown Bag Series presents Assistant Professor Nicholas Wilson, Wednesday, May 4, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "Where Interest and Passion Unite to Confound All Order:  Corruption as State Formation in Early Colonial British India, 1757-1786."
 
    April 2016  
     Ph.D. student Aarushi Bhandari is awarded the P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship
Tiffany Joseph has been named one of five Nancy Weiss Malkiel Junior Faculty Fellows for 2016 at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.
Tiffany Joseph receives an American Sociological Association Fund to Advance the Discipline Grant
Rebekah Burroway receives a SAGE Teaching Innovations and Professional Development Award.
IHSS will present Shimelis Gulema, Stony Brook University, Department of Africana Studies, April 27, 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM, SBS N318, "City as Nation: Ethiopia's Search for a Modern Nation, 1896 - 1975."
Peggy Levitt, Wellesley College, Department of Sociology; Harvard University, Senior Research Fellow, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and Hauser Center for Non-Profit Organizations, April 13, 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM, SBS N405, "Artifact and Allegiances:  How Museums put the Nation and the World on Display."
IHSS will present Ian Roxborough, Stony Brook University, Department of Sociology, April 6, 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM, SBS N320, "The US Military and State-building Projects, 1898 - 2003."
 
    March 2016  
   

Ph.D. student Andrew Hargrove has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.  This fellowship carries three years of full funding to support his research on water, well-being, and globalization.
Memories in the Discipline will present Abena Ampofoa Asare, Stony Brook University, Department of Africana Studies, March 23, 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM, Humanities Institute (HUM 1008), "Surviving Histories:  Ghana's Truth and Reconciliation Commission", Co-Sponsored with the Humanities Institute
IHSS will present Karl Jacoby, Columbia University, Department of History, March 10, 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM, SBS N320, "The Color Line and the Borderline:  Reconstructing  Race and Nation in Mexico and the U.S., 1865-1925."
Sociology Brown Bag Series presents Ph.D. student Jamie Sommer, Wednesday, March 9, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "A Cross-National Analysis of Deforestation and State Capacity.", a paper co-authored with Associate Professor John Shandra
Sociology Brown Bag Series presents Assistant Professor Melissa Forbis, Wednesday, March 2, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "Re-centering Knowledge Production, Indigenous Women's Theorizing, Decolonization, and the Confines of Citizenship."

 
    February  2016  
    •Sociology Brown Bag Series presents Professor Emeritis Ivan Chase, Wednesday, February 3, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "the Fragility of Individual-Based Explanations of Social Hierarchies:  A Test Using Animal Pecking Orders."
 
    December 2015  
    Sociology Brown Bag Series presents Assistant Professor Carrie Shandra, Wednesday, December 2, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "How Does Disability 'Steal Time'? Health, Social Disparities, and the Disability Gap in Time Use."
    November 2015  
    IHSS will present Nicholas Wilson, Stony Brook Department Sociology, November 18, 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM, SBS N320, “What Do Historical Sociologists Do All Day?  Historical Method in Theory and Practice  
    October 2015  
    Sociology Brown Bag Series presents Assistant Professor Kristen Shorette, Wednesday, October 28, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "Culture and Power in Cross-National Carbon Dioxide Emissions."  
    September 2015  
    Sociology Brown Bag Series presents Assistant Professor Jason Jones, Wednesday, September 16, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "The Paradox of Weak Ties in 55 Countries."
Sociology Brown Bag Series presents Ph.D. student Cliff Leek, Wednesday, September 2, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "Men and Masculinities in International Development:  Are Fears Becoming Realities?"
 
    May 2015  
    Ph.D. student Suzan Walters receives the 2015 Outstanding Student Paper Award in the ASA section, Disability and Society, for her paper, "Caregiving and HIV:  Accounts of Resisting Individualism, Privatization, and Cuts in Social Spending."
Jennifer Heerwig and Josh Murray (Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt and SBU Sociology alumni) awarded $33,000 grant by the Russell Sage Foundation to support their project entitled "Partisanship, Unity, and Inter-Corporate Networks:  Political Donations of the Corporate Elite, 1980 - 2014."
 
    April 2015  
    Sociology Brown Bag series presents Professor Ian Roxborough, Wednesday, April 22, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "Human Aspects of Military Operations: Intra-Organizational Debate and Spontaneous Sociology."
IHSS will present Miriam L. Kingsberg, University of Colorado; ACLS Ryskamp Visiting Scholar, Columbia University, April 15, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, “Fieldwork, Ethnology, and Empire: the Making of Japan's ‘Transwar Generation’ of Social Scientists” - Co-sponsored by the History Department
Sociology Brown Bag series presents Associate Professor Timothy P. Moran and Ph.D. student Sofia Boutillier, Wednesday, April 8, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "Saying Happiness While Doing Inequality:  Wealth, Neoliberalism, and the New York Times."
 
    March 2015  
    Philip Kasinitz, Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of CUNY, March 25, 2015, 1:00 PM, SBS N403, "Immigration, Diversity and Citizenship:  The Changing Terrain of Racial Justice."
Nancy Foner, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of CUNY, March 12, 2015, 4:00 PM, SBS N403, "Immigration and the Remaking of New York."
IHSS will present Shobana Shankar, Stony Brook Department of History, March 11, 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM, SBS N320, “Curbing Religious Freedoms for State Security: The Old Cities of Northern Nigeria in the Era."
of Decolonization” - Co-sponsored by the Africana Studies Department
 
    February 2015  
    Sociology Brown Bag series presents Ph.D. student Carolyn Coburn, Wednesday, February 18, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "Water, Sanitation, and Female Secondary School Enrollment:  A Cross-National Analysis of Sub-Saharan African Nations."  
    IHSS will present Paul Gootenberg, Stony Brook Department of History & Sociology, February 18, 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM, SBS N320, “From Teonanácatl to Miami Vice: Latin America’s Contribution to World Drug Culture” - Co-sponsored by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center  
    Sociology Brown Bag series presents Assistant Professor Kristen Shorette, Wednesday, February 4, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "Global Institutions and the Persistence of Cross-National Health Disparities across the Global South."  
    December 2014  
    Florencia Arancibia has been awarded a two-year post-doctoral fellowship with the Argentine National Scientific and Technical Research Council for her research project, "Social movements and knowledge intermediaries: participatory methods for inclusive innovation."  
    October 2014
 
    IHSS will present Rick DesRochers, Long Island University-Post Campus, Department of Theatre, October 14, 2:30 PM, SBS N403, "The Family Act Goes to School - The Marx Brothers, Vaudeville, and Americanization."  
    September 2014  
    Michael Kimmel and Gloria Steinem co-author New York Times opinion piece on consensual sex on college campuses entitled "Yes Is Better Than No."
Kristen Shorette receives ASA Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline Award for her project, "Freedom from Discrimination as Human Right?  The Global Human Rights Regime and the Diffusion of Affirmative Action since 1965"
Carrie Shandra selected as a Fellow of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research's Switzer Research Program
Nicholas Wilson, Yale University, September 29, 2014, 1:00 PM, SBS N403, "Corruption and the Making of Modern Bureaucracy:  Evidence from the British Empire in India."
IHSS will present Steven Skiena, Stony Brook University, Department of Computer Science, September 18, 2:30 PM, SBS N403, "Who's Bigger?  Where Historical Figures Really Rank.
 

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