Princeton voices: Speaking out against systemic racism and police violence in the nation

As the United States grapples with the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless other black lives destroyed by systemic racism and police violence, and as protests extend across the country, Princeton scholars are speaking to the moment. Several Princeton faculty members, graduate students and alumni are using op-eds, television and cable news programs, online publications, and social media to grasp current events and navigate a path forward, drawing on their research as well as their own personal experiences.

Eddie Glaude Jr., Kevin Kruse, Imani Perry, Keeanga-Yahmatta Taylor

Eddie Glaude Jr., Kevin Kruse, Imani Perry, Keeanga-Yahmatta Taylor.

Read, view and listen to some of their contributions to the national dialogue.


Graduate students and alumni

  • Nyle Fort, a joint Ph.D. candidate in religion and African American studies, talks about black mourning rituals with CBC Radio (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation).
  • Dan Kihanya, a 1989 alumnus and entrepreneur and host of the podcast "Founders Unfound," talks about entrepreneurs from underrepresented backgrounds in Geek Wire.
  • Michael Eric Dyson, a 1993 graduate alumnus and professor of sociology at Georgetown University, talks about systemic injustice on The Late Late Show with James Corden.
  • Cheryl Hicks, a 1999 graduate alumna and an associate professor of Africana studies and history at the University of Delaware, writes about Breonna Taylor, police brutality and black women’s historic demands for justice for the Association of Black Women Historians.
  • Keisha Blain, a 2014 graduate alumna and an associate professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh, on the intertwined history of police and race in the US on NPR; and how the violence in Minneapolis is rooted in the history of racist policing in The Washington Post.