Mason Author Series: Policing Black Bodies

Join us for our next Mason Author Series event on Thursday, October 4 at 3:30pm in the Fenwick Library Main Reading Room. We will be joined by Angela J. Hattery, Professor and Director, Women and Gender Studies, and Earl Smith, Adjunct Faculty, Sociology for a discussion of their book, Policing Black Bodies: How Black Lives are Surveilled and How to Work for Change.

In Policing Black Bodies the authors make a compelling case that the policing of Black bodies goes far beyond individual stories and isolated incidents of brutality. They connect the regulation of African American people in many settings, including the public education system and the criminal justice system, into a powerful narrative about the myriad ways Black bodies are policed.

Books will be available for purchase at the event, and refreshments will be provided.

About the Authors: Angela J. Hattery (BA Carleton College, PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison) is a sociologist and serves as the Director of the Women & Gender Studies Program at George Mason University. Her research focuses on social stratification, gender, family, and race. She is the author of numerous articles, book chapters, and books, including her latest book Policing Black Bodies (January 2018), African American Families: Myths and Realities (2012/2016), The Social Dynamics of Family Violence (2012/2016), Prisoner Reentry and Social Capital (2010), Interracial Intimacies (2009); Interracial Relationships (2009); Intimate Partner Violence (2008); African American Families (2007) and Women, Work, and Family (2001). She teaches classes in gender and sexuality, intersections of race, class and gender, gender based violence and feminist methods.

Earl Smith is Emeritus Professor of American Ethnic Studies and Sociology at Wake Forest University. He currently teaches classes in Sociology, African and African American Studies, and Women and Gender Studies at George Mason University. He earned his PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Connecticut. His teaching and research focuses on urban sociology, sociology of sport, criminal justice, and race. He is the author of 11 books, including his most recent book, published in 2018, Policing the Black Body, as well as dozens of book chapters and peer reviewed articles. He has written several books on the impact of social inequality on Black families. His book Race, Sport and the American Dream, which has been published in 3 editions, remains the only book on the market that examines structural racism in SportsWorld. On a regular basis he is consulted as an expert by the New York Times, USA Today, and a variety of other news outlets. He teaches courses on race and ethnicity, social problems, and race, gender, sexuality and sport.

About the Mason Author Series: The University Libraries’ Mason Author Series features Mason faculty and alumni authors throughout the year, and is generously sponsored by the University Bookstore. For upcoming events, visit

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