October 8, 2020

Black Brown and Green Banner

NYU's Dr. Kimberly McClain DaCosta, author of Making Multiracials: State, Family, and Market in the Redrawing of the Color Line (Stanford University Press, 2007) discussed racial boundaries in the context of her work as a sociologist with a special interest in how Irishness has interacted with Blackness. 

Kimberly McClain DaCosta, a sociologist, is especially interested in the contemporary production of racial boundaries. Her book explores the cultural and social underpinnings of the movement to create multiracial collective identity in the United States. She is currently working on a study of the advertising industry and the structural, economic and cultural dimensions of ethnic marketing. Before coming to NYU, Professor DaCosta taught in African American Studies and Social Studies at Harvard University. Professor DaCosta’s work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Advertising Educational Foundation and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She teaches courses on race in different societies, families, and consumerism in international perspective. Professor DaCosta is an Associate Faculty member in the NYU Department of Sociology and also serves as Associate Dean of Students at the Gallatin School.

Miriam Nyhan Grey was the interlocutor for this discussion. Miriam is Director of Graduate Studies, MA in Irish and Irish-American Studies Associate Director, Glucksman Ireland House NYU, NYU's Global Coordinator for Irish Studies.

This webinar was fee and open to everyone. Registration was required in order to receive the Zoom link. Please note that this program was recorded. 

DC Dialogues

Kimberly McClain DaCosta

Kimberly McClain DaCosta

Making Multiracials: State, Family, and Market in the Redrawing of the Color Line

Miriam Nyhan Grey

Miriam Nyhan Grey


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