The Columbia University Press Series in Race, Inequality, and Health

The Series

As a structuring force in social life, race is a basis for discrimination and structural inequality, a social reality, and a foundation for reactionary or affirmative group politics. This new series, combining work in history, the social sciences, the biological sciences, and public health, will deepen our understanding of how ideological and scientific claims about race and race difference have impacted health and society historically and in the present day.

Issues of interest to the series’ editors include and are not limited to:

  • the history of violence as a health issue
  • the relationship between structural racism and health
  • how science and ideology shape conceptions of race
  • biological citizenship and social politics
  • gender and sexuality
  • social politics and contemporary or historical health movements
  • community psychiatry and mental health
  • race, health and the carceral state
  • political economy and resource scarcity


We hope to recruit authors to the series to write books that are rigorous scholarship with contemporary appeal and that transcend academic boundaries. If you would like to propose a book, please email the series editors at with a one- or two-page prospectus that summarizes your book (its thesis, purpose, and methodological approach) and includes a brief description of intended audience and related/competing books in the field. Please explain what key questions or problems the proposed book will address or answer. Also please explain how the proposed book will contribute to the literature of its field and in what way is it distinctive. For more information, please refer to CUP’s proposal submission guidelines.

The Editors

Samuel Kelton Roberts, Jr., is Director of Columbia University’s Institute for Research in African American Studies (IRAAS), Associate Professor of History  (Columbia University Arts and Sciences) and Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences (Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University).  He is the author of Infectious Fear: Politics, Disease, and the Health Effects of Segregation (University of North Carolina Press, 2009), and is currently writing a book on the history of race and the politics of addiction during the heroin epidemics between the 1950s and the 1990s. He writes, teaches, and lectures widely on African-American social history, medical and public health history, harm reduction and drug policy, and criminal justice, policing, and social policy.

Twitter: @SamuelKRoberts.

RIH_Yudell.v2Michael Yudell is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Community Health and Prevention at the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University. He is the author Race Unmasked: Biology and Race in the 20th Century (Columbia University Press, 2014). Yudell is the author, with Rob DeSalle, of Welcome to the Genome: A User’s Guide to the Genetic Past, Present, and Future (John Wiley and Sons, 2004; revised edition forthcoming). Yudell and DeSalle also edited The Genomic Revolution: Unveiling the Unity of Life (Joseph Henry Press of the National Academy of Science, 2002). Yudell’s research, writing, and teaching focus on issues including the history of the race concept, public health and public health ethics, and autism and ethics. He also writes the blog “The Public’s Health” for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Twitter: @publicshealth