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Nolan L. Cabrera

Full Professor of Education, University of Arizona

About Nolan

Cabrera's research and new book, White Guys on Campus, is a deep exploration of white male racism, and occasional anti-racism, on college campuses. Dr. Cabrera is featured in the MTV documentary White People and is also one of three academic expert witnesses for the plaintiffs in Tucson Unified Mexican American Studies case (Gonzales v. Douglas). He is a recipient of the Spencer/NAEd postdoctoral fellowship.


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In the News

"The Numbers Won’t Speak for Themselves," Nolan L. Cabrera (with Angela Valenzuela and Stephen Pitti), Inside Higher Education, July 12, 2017.
Nolan L. Cabrera quoted on white racial attitudes, "White People" MTV, July 22, 2015.
"What the Oklahoma Frat Video Tells Us about America," Nolan L. Cabrera, Al Jazeera, March 18, 2015.
"Flashpoint over Struggle to Preserve Mexican-American Studies in Arizona," Nolan L. Cabrera, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, July 7, 2011.


"Whiteness in Higher Education: the Invisible Missing Link in Diversity and Racial Analyses," (with Jeremy D. Franklin and Jesse S. Watson), Association for the Study of Higher Education, 2017.

Provides a critical synthesis of Whiteness in higher education scholarship.

"White Immunity: Working through the Pedagogical Pitfalls of Privilege" Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity 3, no. 1 (2017): 74-86.

Offers "white immunity" as a theoretical development of "white privilege."

"Missing the (Student Achievement) Forest for all the (Political) Trees: Empiricism and the Mexican American Studies Controversy in Tucson" (with Jeffrey F. Milem, Ozan Jaquette, and Ronald W. Marx). American Educational Research Journal 51, no. 6 (2014): 1084-1118.

Demonstrates empirically the educational efficacy of the banned Tucson Mexican American Studies program. It played a central role in the current court case (Arce v. Douglas).

"Beyond Black and White: How White, Male, College Students See Their Asian American Peers" Equity & Excellence in Education 47, no. 2 (2014): 133-151.

Demonstrates the extremely racist ways White male undergraduates view their Asian American peers, despite professions of the "myth of model minority."

"But We’re Not Laughing: White Male College Students’ Racial Joking and What This Says about “Post-Racial” Discourse" Journal of College Student Development 55, no. 1 (2014): 1-15.

Empirically explores the behind-closed-door racist joke telling behaviors of White male undergraduates.

"Working through Whiteness: White Male College Students Challenging Racism" The Review of Higher Education 35, no. 3 (2012): 375-401.

Documents how White male undergraduates use their racial privileges to challenge racism.