Race and Racism Faculty Cluster Hire Initiative

In response to the nationwide racial reckoning of 2020, and as part of Columbia's broader commitment to antiracism, the Office of the Provost launched the Faculty Cluster Hire Initiative to Support Race and Racism Scholarship. This initiative is designed to support the University’s goals with respect to diversity and our climate of inclusion, by advancing the recruitment of outstanding tenured and tenure-track faculty members engaged in race and racism scholarship. 

The next deadline for proposals is Wednesday, February 15, 2023. For more information: please click here.

Race and Racism Scholarship Faculty Cluster Hire Members

Nkemka Anyiwo, Assistant Professor of Social Work, examines the sociocultural factors that promote the healing and empowerment of Black youth.The primary focus of her work is how media and other sociocultural factors promote the resilience and empowerment of Black youth, shaping their racial and sociopolitical identities.

Robert Eschmann, Associate Professor of Social Work, writes on educational inequality, community violence, racism, social media, and youth wellbeing. His research seeks to uncover individual, group, and intuitional-level barriers to racial and economic equity. In his research, Dr. Eschmann pays special attention to the heroic efforts everyday people make to combat those barriers.

David Knight, Postdoctoral Research Scholar in the Columbia Department of Sociology, will join the Columbia Sociology faculty in Fall 2023. His research focuses on the politics surrounding mass incarceration, with broad interests in the fields of American politics; race, ethnicity, and politics (REP); Black political thought; criminal justice; critical prison studies; law and society; education; and social movements. 

Naeem Mohaiemen, Associate Professor of Visual Arts, combines photography, films, archives, and essays to research the many forms of utopia-dystopia. In his role as School of the Arts Photography Concentration Head he is collaborating with colleagues in the Visual Arts department to assess the future of photography.

Mario Small, Quetelet Professor of Social Science, has conducted extensive research on urban poverty, social inequality, personal networks, and the relationship between qualitative and quantitative methods. Dr. Small is currently studying the relationship between networks and decision-making, the ability of large-scale data to answer critical questions about poverty, and the role qualitative inquiry in cumulative social science.

The faculty listed above represent confirmed members of this faculty cluster hire program. Additional faculty recruitments have been authorized through this initiative and this page will be updated as those hires are confirmed.