Interested in learning more about diversity issues and what you can do?  The following annotated bibliography contains web links and books about diversity issues; some of the citations pertain particularly to academia.


VASTA Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Bibliography

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Playwrights to Consider

Original list courtesy of Cliff Faulkner.

Articles and Links:


Tenure Denied: Cases of Sex Discrimination in Academia PDF 

Published by the American Association of University Women Educational Foundation and American Association of University Women Legal Advocacy Fund in October 2004, and edited by Susan K. Dyer.

This report "...presents evidence that a human voice to the concept of sex discrimination in academia. As this report makes clear, professors-turned-litigants are spurred by significantly more than an off-color joke or an occasional slight. Plaintiffs have risked and sometimes sacrificed promising, prestigious academic careers to seek justice for themselves and other women."


McIntosh, Peggy. White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack 

Peggy McIntosh is associate director of the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women. This essay is excerpted from Working Paper 189. "White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming To See Correspondences through Work in Women's Studies" (1988), by Peggy McIntosh. This excerpted essay is reprinted from the Winter 1990 issue of Independent School.


The excerpted "Daily Effects of White Privilege" PDF, lists 12 conditions that McIntosh identifies as benefits of white privilege.


Williams, Joan The Subtle Side of Discrimination

Joan Williams, a professor of law at American University and director of its program on gender, work and family, discusses how academic women are disadvantaged in subtle ways by work and family roles. This article appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education April 14, 2003.



Belenky, Mary Field, Blythe McVicker Clinchy, Nancy Rule Goldberger, and Jill Mattuck Tarule. Women’s Ways of Knowing the Development of Self, Voice, and Mind. New York: Basic Books, 1986.

A discussion of how women develop psychologically, and how they learn.


Bowen, William G. and Derek Bok. The Shape of the River. Long-Term Consequences of Considering Race in College and University Admissions. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1998.

Written pre-Grutter v. Bollinger (University of Michigan Affirmative Action case) this book makes a compelling case as to why race should matter in college admittance.


Moody, JoAnn. Faculty Diversity Problems and Solutions. New York: RoutledgerFalmer, 2004.

A very good book with practical advice regarding faculty diversity.


Morrison, Toni.  "Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination."  Cambridge:  Harvard University Press, 1992.

Morrison argues that race has become a metaphor, a way of referring to forces, events, and forms of social decay, economic division, and human panic.


Roediger, David. Towards The Abolition of Whiteness: Essays on Race, Politics, and Working Class History. Verso Books, 1994.


Smith, Daryl G. Achieving Faculty Diversity Debunking the Myths. Washington D. C.: Association of American Colleges and Universities, 1996.

Groundbreaking research debunking the myths of “pipeline issues,” “bidding wars for faculty-of-color,” “not enough qualified minorities,” etc.


Tatum, Beverly Daniel. “Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?”: A Psychologist Explains the Development of Racial Identity. New York: Basic Books, 1997.

Using the developmental concept of racial identity, Tatum explains why young people often self-segregate in high school and college


Thompson, Ayanna, editor.  "Colorblind Shakespeare:  New Perspectives on Race and Performance."  New York:  Routledge, 2006.

A Comprehensive collection of essays on the issue of "color-blind casting," in both theory and practice.


Thompson, Ayanna.  "Passing Strange: Shakespeare, Race, and Contemporary America."    Oxford University Press, 2011.

Notions, constructions, and performances of race continue to define the contemporary American experience, including America's relationship to Shakespeare. In Passing Strange, Ayanna Thompson explores the myriad ways U.S. culture draws on the works and the mythology of the Bard to redefine the boundaries of the color line.


Valian, Virginia. Why So Slow? The Advancement of Women 1998: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1998.

Research as to why women in the academy advance so slowly to tenure and promotion do to unspoken bias against them


West, Cornel. Race Matters. New York: Vintage Books, 1994.

A discussion as to why race issues matter for everyone in the U.S.


Wise, Tim. White Like Me Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son. Brooklyn, NY: Soft Skull Press, 2005.

Personal account of “White Privilege” speaker Tim Wise’s understanding of white male privilege in the U.S. with research debunking many myths about minorities held by people of privilege.