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Crystal Fleming 

Crystal Fleming

Ph.D. 2011, Harvard

Areas of Interest

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


My research examines how people of African descent conceptualize and respond to racial oppression in multiple national settings. My 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. The book marshals ethnographic data, archival research and in-depth interviews with French activists and descendants of slaves to analyze how social actors construct racial temporality through collective memories and commemoration of enslavement and abolition.

My second book, How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy and the Racial Divide (Beacon Press 2018), blends public sociology with memoir, critical race theory and satire to debunk common misconceptions about racism.

My current projects extend my work on racism and anti-racism by further exploring the dynamics of global white supremacy and anti-blackness in France and the United States. A new line of research bridges my interests in spirituality, racial temporality and intersectionality by examining the experiences of non-white minorities with mindfulness and contemplative practice


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Recent Publications

Fleming, Crystal M., Proulx, J. and Womack, V. (Eds.) 2022. Beyond White Mindfulness: Critical Perspectives on Racism, Wellbeing and Liberation. New York: Routledge.

Fleming, Crystal M. Under contract. Words to Remake the World: A People’s Dictionary for Social Change. Boston: Beacon Press.

Fleming, Crystal M. 2021. Rise Up! How You Can Join the Fight Against White Supremacy. New York: Henry Holt for Young Readers.
Winner: Booklist Editor’s Choice 2021, Kirkus Reviews Best of YA 2021, SchoolLibrary Journal Best Book of 2021
Starred Reviews: Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, Publisher’s Weekly, School LibraryJournal

Fleming, Crystal M. and Hewan Girma. 2021. “‘Positive Discrimination Doesn’t Mean Anything’: Understanding Minority Opposition to Affirmative Action in France.” Social Problems, 68(20): 340–357

Fleming, Crystal M. In Press. “On the Illegibility of French Anti-blackness: Notes from an African American Critic” in Moon-Kie Jung and João H. Costa Vargas (Eds.) The Wretched of the World: The Past and Present of Antiblackness, Durham: Duke University Press. 

Fleming, Crystal M. 2020. “How to Be Less Stupid About Race in France.” H-France Salon, Volume 12, Issue 1, #6. Available online:

Fleming, Crystal M. 2019. Review of “How We Get Free” by Keeanga Yamahtta-Taylor for Humanity & Society. 43 (2): 211-214.

2018. Fleming, Crystal M. How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy and the Racial Divide. Boston: Beacon Press.

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

2017. Proulx, J., Croff, R., Oken, B., Aldwin, Fleming, C. Bergen-Cico D., and Thao LeMisbah Noorani "Considerations for Research and Development of Culturally Relevant Mindfulness Interventions in American Minority Communities." Mindfulness: (1-10)

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. 

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