History of race and racism

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Learn about the history of race and anti-Black racism in the U.S. through these works suggested by our colleagues and students.


Articles and Reports

  • Hannah-Jones, Nikole, and Mary N. Elliott, eds. The 1619 Project. New York Times, 2019.



  • I Am Not Your Negro, a 2016 documentary film directed by Raoul Peck and based on James Baldwin's unfinished manuscript Remember This House
  • Just Mercy, a 2019 American legal drama film directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, based on the memoir and work by Bryan Stevenson
  • Selma, a 2014 historical drama film directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Paul Webb

Resources on race in the economics profession

AEA Professional Climate Survey: Final Report; It was a Mistake for Me to Choose This Field; (Professional) Climate Change

AEA Best Practices for Economists: Building a More Diverse, Inclusive, and Productive Profession

AEA Code of Conduct and Policy on Harassment and Discrimination

AEA Ombudsperson


Statement from the AEA Executive Committee (June 5, 2020)

Other resources

Letters for Black Lives A collaborative to translate an updated 2020 version of a 2016 letter into multiple languages. Currently there are over 40 translations in progress.