African American Criminological Thought

By Helen Taylor Greene & Shaun L. Gabbidon
Foreword by Julius Debro

Subjects: African Studies
Series: SUNY series in Race, Ethnicity, Crime, and Justice
Paperback : 9780791446966, 192 pages, September 2000
Hardcover : 9780791446959, 192 pages, October 2000

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Table of contents

List of Tables and Figures

Part I. Historical Scholars

1. Ida B. Wells-Barnett
2. William Edward Burghardt Du Bois
3. Monroe Nathan Work
4. E. Franklin Frazier

Part II. Contemporary Scholars

5. Coramae Richey Mann
6. William Julius Wilson
7. Lee Patrick Brown
8. Darnell Felix Hawkins
9. Daniel E. Georges-Abeyie
10. Vernetta Denise Young

About the Authors
Name Index
Subject Index

Examines African American contributions, both historical and contemporary, to criminological thought.


This landmark book presents the contributions of African Americans past and present to understanding crime, criminological theory, and the administration of justice. The authors devote individual chapters to African American pioneers Ida B. Wells-Barnett, W. E. B. Du Bois, E. Franklin Frazier, and Monroe N. Work, and contemporary scholars Lee P. Brown, Daniel Georges-Abeyie, Darnell F. Hawkins, Coramae Richey Mann, William Julius Wilson, and Vernetta D. Young. Included for each individual are a biography, information on their contributions to criminological thought, and a list of selected references. A wide range of issues are covered such as lynching, the convict lease system, homicide, female crime and delinquency, terrorism, community policing, the black ethnic monolith paradigm, and explanations of criminality.

Helen Taylor Greene is Professor in the Administration of Justice Department in the Barbara Jordan–Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University. Shaun L. Gabbidon is Professor of Criminal Justice in the School of Public Affairs at Penn State Harrisburg.


"Exceptionally well-written, this book provides an overview of both historical and contemporary African American criminologists and their contributions to the study of crime and justice. The work breaks new ground in exposing readers to African American scholarship that has been neglected previously by mainstream scholars. The strength of the book lies in the biographical information, where personal accounts provide a rich social context for each scholar while outlining the reasons and events that sparked their interests in the study of crime and justice." — Lee E. Ross, editor of African American Criminologists, 1970–1996