Crystal Fleming 

Fleming

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

(on leave until Fall 2015)

Areas of Interest

Race and Ethnicity, Cultural Sociology, Collective Memory, Qualitative Methods, Sociological Theory and Comparative Sociology

Bio

I am currently completing my first book "Resurrecting Slavery: Race and Remembrance in Colorblind France".  This project is an extension of my doctoral thesis (Harvard '11), which won the 2012 recipient of the Georges-Lavau Award for the Best Dissertation on Contemporary French Politics awarded by the American Political Science Association.

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, a multi-ethnic sample of 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.

The project moves beyond a narrow focus on 'collective memory' to argue for a cultural sociology of "ethnoracial 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 the ability of the French public to make connections between the ethnoracial past, present and future. Overall, I argue that the suppression of colonial history and the ideology of colorblindness make it difficult for the French to imagine links between past and present racism. These historical blindspots, in turn, threaten to undermine the ability of minorities and allies to mobilize for a more just racial future.

My newest line of research bridges my interests in diversity, spirituality and well-being by examining the participation of three groups (African Americans, women and LGBT minorities) in mindfulness and contemplative practices, including yoga and meditation.

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Recent Publications

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

  June 2014
 
  •Suzan Walters was named a 2014 Teaching Innovations and Professional Development Award Recipient by SAGE.  
  May 2014  
  Cathy Marrone receives the Sister Margareet Ann Landry Lifetime Achievement Award at the Stony Brook Student Life Awards Ceremony  
  April 2014  
 

•Study by Arnout van de Rijt and Michael Restivo published in PNAS and featured in The Economist
•Kenneth Pierce has received the Jean Harvey Slappy Fellowship by the Marcus Garvey Foundation
•Florencia Arancibia has been awarded an Inter-American Foundation Grassroots Development Field Research Fellowship
IHSS, co-sponsored with the Department of History presents Samuel Roberts, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, April 22nd, 2:30 PM, SBS N320, "Black Politics, Caught Between Criminalization and Medicalization:  Methadone Maintenance, Decriminalization, and Harm Reduction, 1965-1990."
Natalia Sarkisian, Boston College, April 17th, 4:00 PM, SBS S403,"More or Less Kin:  Economic Disparities and Kin Support"
Oyeronke Oyewumi received the Distinguished Africanist Award by the New York African Studies Association (NYASA)
•Hyang-Gi Song has been awarded the Center for Korean Studies graduate fellowship
Jennifer London, Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, April 9, 2014, 3:00 PM, Stony Brook Manhattan, "Understanding Authoritarianism as a Dynamic Category of Practice:  Ibn al-Muqaffa's Legacy for the History of Arab Political Thought:"

 
  March 2014  
 

•Brooke Ellison, Ph.D. 2012, Assistant Professor of Healthcare Policy and Management at Stony Brook University, was selected by the World Economic Forum as a 2014 Global Leader.
•Oyeronke Oyewumi awarded 2014/15 Fulbright Scholar Grant for teaching and research in Harare, Zimbabwe
•Rebekah Burroway, Cathy Marrone, and Carrie Shandra awarded Dean's Funds for Excellence awards
•Sasha Rodriguez awarded the American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship
•Bethany Coston receives the Madeline Fusco Fellowship Award
•Sasha Rodriguez receives the Faculty-Staff Dissertation Fellowship
•Amanda Kennedy receives the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching
•Sociology Major Neha Kinariwalla receives Gates Cambridge University Fellowship
•Ambassador Robert Toscano, March 24, 2014, 4:00 PM, Center for Italian Studies, Library, Room E4340, "Putin's Russia: Between Soviet Nostalgia and Traditionalist Nataionalism"
Valerie Leiter, Simmons College, March 13th, 4:00 PM, Health Sciences Center,Level 2, Room 408 (School of Health Technology and Management Conference Room),"Power, Rights, and Participation among Youth with Disabilities."  Co-sponsored by the Program in Public Health
IHSS will present Lori Flores, Stony Brook University, Department of History, March 5, 12:00 Noon, SBS N320, "Battlegrounds of Masculinity:  Latino Servicemen, Zoot Suiters, and Farmworkers in World War II"

 
  February 2014
 
  •Tarun Banerjee receives Sociology Department's Judith Tanur Dissertation Research Award.
Crystal Fleming receives Career Enhancement Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.
IHSS will present Lawrence Frohman, Stony Brook University, Department of History, February 12th, 11:30 AM, SBS N320, "Surveillance, Security, Divinity"
 
   November 2013  
   Michael Schwartz named Distinguished Teaching Professor by the State University of New York Board of Trustees  
   October 2013  
  Professor Adam Possamai, University of West Sydney, to speak on "Contemporary Religion and Australian Aborigines", Wednesday, October 30th, 3:00 PM, Stony Brook Manhattan, sponsored by the Dept. of Sociology, SBU Institute for Global Studies, and International Academic Programs and Services
Memory in the Disciplines Workshop welcomes Professor Suparna Rajaram, Stony Brook University, "Collaborative Memory:  A Cognitive Perspective", Wednesday, October 30th, 2:30 PM, SBS N403
IHSS co Sponsored with the Department of History presents Patrick Weil, CNRS and Yale Law School, October 30th, 4:30 PM, SBS N320, "From Emma Goldman to Edward Snowden:  How Denationalization of "Radical" Americans Reshaped American Citizenship
IHSS presents Robert Chase, Stony Brook History Department, October 22nd, 2:30 PM,  SBS N320, "Slaves of the State Revolt:  The Prisoners' Rights Movement and the Construction of the Carceral State"
 
  September 2013  
  Arnout van de Rijt wins $275k NSF grant for in vivo experimental research on arbitrary social inequality
•Screening of the film, ESCAPE FIRE, Tuesday, September 17th, 4:00 PM, SBS N403
IHSS presents Clayton Fordahl, Stony Brook Sociology Department, September 24th, 2:30 PM,  SBS N405, Imperium in imperio:  Martyrdom, the Roman Empire, and the Creation of Christian Sovereignty" 
 

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