People of Color in the United States
Contemporary Issues in Education, Work, Communities, Health, and Immigration
by Kofi Lomotey, Pamela Braboy Jackson, Muna Adem, Paulina X. Ruf, Valire Carr Copeland, Alvaro Huerta, Norma Iglesias-Prieto, and Donathan L. Brown, Editors
October 2016, 1986pp, 7x10
4 volumes, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-61069-854-2
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People of color still face obstacles to success to a greater degree than other groups, from health issues like diabetes to employment and salary discrimination.

This expansive, four-volume ready-reference work offers critical coverage of contemporary issues that impact people of color in the United States, ranging from education and employment to health and wellness and immigration.

People of Color in the United States: Contemporary Issues in Education, Work, Communities, Health, and Immigration examines a wide range of issues that affect people of color in America today, covering education, employment, health, and immigration. Edited by experts in the field, this set supplies current information that meets a variety of course standards in four volumes. Volume 1 covers education grades K–12 and higher education; volume 2 addresses employment, housing, family, and community; volume 3 examines health and wellness; and volume 4 covers immigration.

The content will enable students to better understand the experiences of racial and ethnic minorities as well as current social issues and policy. The content is written to be accessible to a wide range of readers and to provide ready-reference content for courses in history, sociology, psychology, geography, and economics, as well as curricula that address immigration, urbanization and industrialization, and contemporary American society.


  • Offers comprehensive coverage of contemporary issues for people of color in the United States that meets the needs of secondary librarians, teachers, and students for a variety of classes and standards
  • Presents A–Z entries within four broad themes that explore the social and economic issues that will support readers' understanding of the experiences of people of color in the United States
  • Includes debate essays highlighting a variety of viewpoints on key issues from scholars that provide readers with models of critical thinking
  • Contains up-to-date information appropriate for classes on history, sociology, psychology, geography, economics, urbanization, immigration and industrialization, and contemporary American society
Kofi Lomotey is Bardo Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership at Western Carolina University. For more than 40 years—as a scholar and as a practitioner—he has focused on the education of people of African descent. Lomotey has been a university professor and department chair. Within the historically black colleges and universities community, he has been a provost, president, and chancellor. Lomotey has been a founder, teacher, and administrator at three independent African-centered schools. He is the editor of the SAGE Encyclopedia of African American Education, a two-volume, 1,200-page publication. More recently, he coedited (with H. Rich Milner) the Handbook of Urban Education.

Pamela Braboy Jackson, PhD, is inaugural director of the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society (CCRES) as well as professor of sociology at Indiana University. She has written many chapters and articles on race, gender, family, and health.

Muna Adem is a doctoral student in the sociology PhD program at Indiana University, Bloomington. Her research interests include immigration, race/ethnicity, gender, and social stratification. She received her bachelor's degree in journalism from California State University, Northridge, Los Angeles.

Paulina X. Ruf, DPhil, is professor of sociology at Seminole State College, Sanford, FL. She previously was an associate professor and coordinator of sociology at Lenoir-Rhyne University, Hickory, NC. Ruf earned a bachelor of arts in sociology from Hope College and holds two master's degrees—one in sociology and one in development administration—from Western Michigan University. She also earned a doctor of philosophy from the Department of Sociology at Western Michigan University. Her areas of interest are aging, health, and inequality in the United States and globally. She is originally from Concepción, Chile.

Valire Carr Copeland, PhD, MPH, MSW, is associate dean of academic affairs and associate professor in the School of Social Work and Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. She also serves as associate director of the Public Health Social Work Training Program at the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health. Her research and publications focus on health and mental health disparities in service delivery, program planning, and treatment engagement for women and children. More recently, she has extended her work into end-of-life care and implications for African American women, who traditionally have fulfilled a matriarchal role, and has led her school's initiative to develop curriculum for graduate-level social work students who seek a career in integrated healthcare with children and youth. The curriculum model established has culminated in an integrated health care certificate program. Copeland has worked with, trained, and educated many undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students during her tenure at the University of Pittsburgh. Additionally, she has led workshops and training for faculty and community workers in culturally appropriate practice, social justice advocacy, and multicultural education.

Alvaro Huerta, PhD, holds a joint faculty appointment in urban and region planning and ethnic and women's studies at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. As an interdisciplinary scholar, he teaches and conducts research on the intersecting domains of community and economic development, Chicana/o and Latina/o studies, immigration, Mexican diaspora, social movements, social networks, and the informal economy. Apart from his journal articles, social commentaries, and edited volumes, Huerta is the author of the book Reframing the Latino Immigration Debate: Towards a Humanistic Paradigm. As a nationally recognized speaker and public policy expert, he has spoken and been interviewed at universities and academic conferences as well as for syndicated television programs, newspapers, magazines, and other forums. He received his doctorate in city and regional planning from University of California, Berkeley.

Norma Iglesias-Prieto, PhD, a transborder scholar, is professor and chair of the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at San Diego State University (SDSU). Her education is interdisciplinary and includes a bachelor's degree in social anthropology, a master's degree in communication theory and media production, and a doctorate in sociology. For 22 years, she was a researcher in the Cultural Studies Department at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte (Tijuana); since 2000, she has worked at SDSU. Her 33 years of academic experience is anchored in border studies, with a focus on cultural processes and social-gendered identities on the U.S.–Mexican border from a transborder/transnational perspective. She is the author of five books, including Beautiful Flowers of the Maquiladoras: Life Histories of Women Workers in Tijuana (1985 and 1997 in English) and Emergencia: Las artes visuales en Tijuana. She has also authored several articles in peer-reviewed academic journals, chapters in academic books, and chapters in art catalogues.

Donathan L. Brown, PhD, is assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Ithaca College and editor of the Journal of Race and Policy. He is also lead author of the books When Race and Policy Collide: Contemporary Immigration Debates and Voting Rights Under Fire: The Continuing Struggle for People of Color, both published by Praeger. Brown conducts research at the intersection of race, rhetoric, and public policy, particularly pertaining to African Americans and Latinos. He has received a 2015 Ithaca College Faculty Excellence Award and presented research and delivered addresses around the world in conjunction with many universities and academic organizations. Brown received his master's degree from Syracuse University and his doctorate from Texas A&M University.


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"[A]n excellent reference that outlines contemporary issues and the major fault lines within these issues. Highly recommended for upper- high school and introductory college courses on race or ethnic groups in the U.S."—Booklist, Starred Review, January 11, 2017

"People of Color in the United States is an excellent place to begin doing research on a topic in this area."—ARBA, March 13, 2017

"Representing a wide range of perspectives, the articles are well researched and thought provoking, and the topics are stimulating. Student researchers in particular will find the breadth and depth of the work immensely helpful for research projects and reports. This distinguished work combines succinct writing, balanced viewpoints, and effective supporting materials on the subject. A very well-crafted, data-driven resource for advanced high school students and college undergraduates."—Library Journal, February 1, 2017
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