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Book Salon: You Don’t Look Like a Lawyer: Black Women and Systemic Gendered Racism Tsedale M. Melaku w/ Angie Beeman

February 19, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Tsedale M. Melaku will be in conversation with Angie Beeman about her book, You Don’t Look Like a Lawyer: Black Women and Systemic Gendered Racism. 

You Don’t Look Like a Lawyer: Black Women and Systemic Gendered Racism examines the impact of systemic gendered racism on Black women lawyers in elite corporate law firms, highlighting the experiences of women and racially subordinated groups. The research utilizes the narratives of Black women to discuss the obstacles they face as they attempt to rise to the rank of partner.


Tsedale M. Melaku is a Sociologist, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and author of the 2019 book You Don’t Look Like a Lawyer: Black Women and Systemic Gendered Racism, which reflects the emphasis of her scholarly interests on race, gender, class, workplace inequality, diversity, and occupations. You Don’t Look Like a Lawyer focuses on how race and gender play a crucial role in the experiences of women of color in traditionally white institutional spaces. Dr. Melaku’s work has been featured in the Harvard Business Review, New York Times, NBC Left Field, the TODAY Show, and the Fair Observer. Her interdisciplinary research on women in the workplace unites three strands of significant sociological inquiry: diversity in the workplace, women in positions of leadership, and the impact of intersectional identities on advancement opportunity. Presently, she is developing her theories on invisible labor and its impact on marginalized individuals. Dr. Melaku is currently editing The Handbook on Workplace Diversity and Stratification and serving as Co-Chair of the Program Committee for the Society for the Study of Social Problems.  She received her Ph.D. and M.Phil. in Sociology from The Graduate Center, City University of New York, and her B.A. in Sociology and Africana studies from New York University. To learn more about her research and interests follow her on Twitter, @TsedaleMelaku or visit her website, www.tsedalemelaku.com.

Angie Beeman is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Baruch College. She is best known for her work on racism theory and interracial social movements. Professor Beeman has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes.  Currently, she is writing a book entitled, Liberal White Supremacy: The Role of Progressives in Silencing Racial and Class Oppression.  In her past work, Professor Beeman developed the concept of emotional segregation, which she defined as an institutionalized empathetic barrier between European Americans and people of color. She showed how this barrier was reproduced in U.S. films that continued to marginalize people of color.  Her article, “Emotional Segregation: A Content Analysis of Institutional Racism in US Films, 1980-2001” won an award from the American Sociological Association and was subsequently published in the journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies.  She furthered this work in an analysis of Bollywood films that she co-authored for the book Covert Racism, Brill Press (2011). She has also co-authored several articles and book chapters on predatory lending. Most recently, she has appeared on CSPAN’s Washington Journal as an expert on the state of race relations and political change. Currently, Professor Beeman serves as an Associate Editor for the journal, Critical Sociology and the Programming Committee for the Society for the Study of Social Problems.  She has won five awards recognizing her scholarship and teaching, as well as her commitment to scholar activism.

Co-sponsored with the Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC), the Dean’s Office for Masters Programs, the Feminist Press, IRADAC, the PhD Program in Sociology, the Public Science Project, and the PublicsLab.


February 19, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Skylight Room (9100)
Graduate Center, CUNY
New York, NY 10016 United States
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