Crystal Fleming 

Crystal 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

      May 2017  
      Carrie Shandra has been awarded a grant under the Department of Labor Scholars Program for a project on Job Characteristics and Job Retention of Young Workers With Disabilities  
      Jennifer Heerwig (with collaborator Brian McCabe) has been awarded a seed grant from
Georgetown's McCourt School Massive Data Institute for their project,
"The Seattle Voucher Experiment: Using Big Data to Enhance Local Democracy."
 
      Arnout van de Rijt with our Alumni Eran Shor (McGill University) was awarded the bests paper award from the Communication, Information Technology and Media Studies section of the ASA for their co-authored paper (Eran Shor, Arnoug van de Rijt, Alex Mitsov, Vivek Kulkarni, and Steven Skiena), "A Paper Ceiling:  Explaining the Persistent Underrepresentation of Women in Printed News." American Sociological Review
 
      Carrie Shandra was awarded the 2017 Outstanding Publication in the Sociology of Disability Award from the ASA Section on Disability and Society for her paper "Benefactors and Beneficiaries?  Disability and Care to Others" forthcoming in the Journal of Marriage and Family
 
      Rebekah Burroway has received an "Outstanding Author Contribution" from the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence for her paper "Empowering Women, Strengthening Children:  A Multi-Level Analysis of Gender Inequality and Child Malnutrition in Developing Countries" published in Advances in Gender Research  
      Amy Hsin, Queens College, Department of Sociology, May 3rd, 4:00 - 5:30 PM, SBS N403,"The Effects of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals on the Educational Outcomes of Undocumented Students:  Evidence from a Large Public University."
 
      April 2017  
      Sociology Brown Bag Series presents Assistant Professor Tiffany Joseph, Wednesday, April 19th, 4:00 - 5:30 PM, SBS N403, "The Growing Citizen-Noncitizen Divide:  Life along the Documentation Status Continuum."  
      March 2017  
      Transforming Sociology (program), Sociology Graduate Student Conference, March 31, 2017, Center for Global Studies at Stony Brook University
 
      Deborah Carr, Rutgers University, Department of Sociology, March 29th, 4:00 - 5:30 PM, SBS N403, "Do Marital and Kin Support Enhance (or Undermine) Older Adults' Well-Being?  New Evidence from the DUST Study."
 
      December 2016  
      Nicholas Hoover Wilson selected as a Faculty Fellow at the Humanities Institute of Stony Brook University for 2017-2018.  
      November 2016   
      Sociology Brown Bag Series presents Ph.D. student Helena Darwin, Wednesday, November 30th, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "Doing Genderqueer"  
      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."  

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