The Racial Crisis in American Higher Education, Third Edition

Edited by Kofi Lomotey & William A. Smith

Subjects: Higher Education, African American Studies, Gender Studies, Educational Administration
Series: SUNY series, Critical Race Studies in Education
Hardcover : 9781438492728, 385 pages, July 2023
Paperback : 9781438492735, 385 pages, January 2024

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Table of contents

List of Illustrations
Donald B. Pope-Davis
William A. Smith and Kofi Lomotey

Part 1. Contextualizing the Crisis

1. Institutionalized White Racism: The Impact on US Higher Education
Kofi Lomotey

2. Who Gets “Left Out”: Pacific Islanders, Data Aggregation, and Native Erasure
Kēhaulani Vaughn

3. Black Male Genocide: Systemic Racism and Implications for Black Male Presence and Success in Higher Education
Shiver, Maria Ashkin, Jimmy Kendall, and Evelyn Ezikwelu

Part 2. Considering History

4. Presidential Responses to Campus Racism: A Historical Perspective
Eddie R. Cole

5. Race-Conscious Affirmative Action in US Higher Education in an Era of Pronounced White Racial Backlash
Maria C. Ledesma, Uma Mazyck Jayakumar, and Kenyon L. Whitman

Part 3. The Day-to-Day Realities

6. The Psychosocial Antecedents of Racial Battle Fatigue
William A. Smith

7. Outsiders Within: Black Faculty in US Higher Education
Channel C. McLewis, Chantal Jones, Gadise Regassa, and Walter R. Allen

8. African American Faculty and Administrators in Higher Education: From Recruitment to Retention
Na Lor and Jerlando F. L. Jackson

9. Asian American Faculty Discrimination: Why Does It Matter?
Robert T. Teranishi, Rose Ann Rico Eborda Gutierrez, and Annie Le

Part 4. Leadership Does Matter

10. HBCU Activism: The Evolving Role of HBCUs in Resolving Racial Tensions and Advancing Racial Conciliation in Higher Education
Ivory A. Toldson, Bianca M. Mack, and Temple R. Price

11. Exploring the Latinx-Servingness of Faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions
Cheryl Ching

12. Black Women Faculty Engendering Brave (Online) Spaces for Black/Students of Color and Themselves
M. Billye Sankofa Waters, Mounira Morris, and Cherese Childers-McKee

13. Diversity Leadership at the University of Michigan: From Desegregation to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Phillip J. Bowman, Jamillah B. Williams, Angela Ebreo, and Nia D. Holland

Afterword: Equity, Justice, and The Racial Crisis
Valerie Kinloch

Fully revised, updated edition of the classic text with all new essays assessing the state of race and racial issues in US higher education today.


A crisis of immense magnitude persists in higher education in the United States. For this third edition of The Racial Crisis in American Higher Education, Kofi Lomotey and William A. Smith have gathered outstanding scholars in the field to address this dilemma on several levels. In thirteen original essays, contributors establish a framework for understanding the current crisis, provide historical perspective on the present, offer a stark overview of the day-to-day realities on campuses, and illustrate the role and impact of university leadership. With a foreword by Donald B. Pope-Davis and an afterword by Valerie Kinloch, as well as an introduction by the editors, the volume is provocative, up-to-date, and solution-driven, giving readers both a comprehensive analysis of the racial crisis in American higher education and ideas for addressing it.

Kofi Lomotey is Chancellor John Bardo and Deborah Bardo Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership at Western Carolina University. His many books include Justice for Black Students: Black Principals Matter and Handbook of Urban Education, Second Edition (coedited with H. Richard Milner IV). William A. Smith is Full Professor of Education, Culture, and Society and Full Professor in the Ethnic Studies Program at the University of Utah. He also serves as Chief Executive Administrator for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at the Huntsman Mental Health Institute at the University of Utah.


"This volume would be a valuable read for students pursuing degrees in education or public policy, their respective faculty, and college counselors serving diverse campuses." — CHOICE

"There is no more important topic in higher education than racism. Any book such as this one should not merely educate the reader about the challenges that are at hand. It should also stimulate action so that readers get involved in—to use the language of the late John Lewis—'good trouble.' The status quo cannot remain. If we take to heart what's written here, we have a guide for how to create good trouble in higher education." — William G. Tierney, author of Get Real: 49 Challenges Confronting Higher Education

"The Racial Crisis in American Higher Education has earned its lauded place among significant educational publications. Each edition has consistently provided rich case studies and rigorous analyses of current and emerging issues of race and racism impacting American higher education. Timely and instructive, the newest volume continues this pattern." — William T. Trent, coeditor of Condition or Process? Researching Race in Education

"If you want to know the best current thinking about race and racism in higher education—as a university administrator, professor, student, or concerned citizen—this is a book you must read." — James Joseph Scheurich, coeditor of Handbook of Research on Educational Leadership for Equity and Diversity