Melissa F. Weiner

Associate Professor of Sociology, College of the Holy Cross
Chapter Member: Boston SSN

About Melissa

Weiner's research focuses on histories and legacies of enslaving and colonialism and resistance to these phenomena, primarily from a historical sociological perspective. In particular, Weiner's research addresses the ways in which historical racism and white supremacy manifest in contemporary social, political, and educational venues as well as how colonized and oppressed populations resist these phenomena to promote decolonial imaginaries.


Money Matters - For All Schoolchildren

In the News

"In Education, Funding Matters," Melissa F. Weiner, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, March 5, 2013.
"Parents Know: It’s Time We All Listen," Melissa F. Weiner, RacismReview, March 3, 2011.
"Exposing the Real Guilty Party: School Funding and Racial Disparities," Melissa F. Weiner, RacismReview, February 12, 2011.
Guest to discuss Arizona’s immigration legislature on WYBC 93.5FM, Melissa F. Weiner, June 16, 2010.
Guest to discuss crime in urban areas on WYBC 93.5FM, Melissa F. Weiner, April 13, 2010.
Melissa F. Weiner's research on racism, the Olympics, and the story of Jesse Owens discussed by Amanda Cuda, "Experts: Olympics Can Measure Race Relations Progress," Connecticut Post, February 20, 2010.
Melissa F. Weiner's research on the absence of a populist movement in spite of the economic recession discussed by Russell Goldman, "Where’s the Rage? Recession Sparks Mild Protests," ABC News, March 17, 2009.
Melissa F. Weiner's research on racial stereotypes and identities discussed by Ed Stannard, "Race Not a Black or White Issue," New Haven Register, November 23, 2008.
Guest to discuss racial politics and voter turnout on WQUN 1220AM, Melissa F. Weiner, November 15, 2008.
"Quinnipiac Says ‘Hate’ Acts Not Unique to University," Melissa F. Weiner, Interview with Ed Stannard, New Haven Register, September 18, 2008.


"All the News That’s Fit to Print? Silence and Voice in Mainstream and Ethnic Press Accounts of African American Protest" Research in Social Movements, Conflict, and Change 31 (2010): 297-324.
Sheds light on ways the mainstream press (The New York Times) used stereotypical depictions of low-income female mothers protesting educational inequality in their children’s schools thereby delegitimizing their demands while the ethnic press provides accurate, truthful accounts featuring activists’ voices.
Power, Protest and the Public Schools: Jewish and African American Struggles in New York City (Rutgers University Press, 2010).
Illustrates how, rather than acting as pathways to upward socioeconomic mobility, schools entrenched racial inequalities for racialized groups, even in the face of decades-long protest by hundreds of parents, students, and community activists.
"Elite vs. Grassroots: Disjunctures between Parents’ and Civil Rights Organizations’ Demands for the New York City Public Schools, 1950-1960" The Sociological Quarterly 50, no. 1 (2009): 89-119.
Shows that established civil rights organizations sought abstract ideals of integration and halted movement tactics when promised while parents demanded specific substantive changes to the schools, both with regards to integration and resource and curricular reform, while seeking educational equality in New York City.