Intergroup Relations

Dialogue Across Difference: Practice, Theory, and Research on Intergroup Dialogue is a new title by co-authors Patricia Gurin, Biren (Ratnesh) Nagda, and Ximena Zuniga. The book synthesizes years of research on the impact of intergroup dialogue.

Overall, the results are remarkably consistent and point to an optimistic conclusion: intergroup dialogue is more than mere talk. It fosters productive communication about and across differences in the service of greater collaboration for equity and justice. The book was published in March 2013 by the Russel Sage Foundation and is available now at bookstores.

“Dialogue Across Differences is the culmination of a four-year collaboration across nine universities to conduct a rigorous, experimental study of intergroup dialogue that demonstrates a wide range of effects on intergroup understanding, positive intergroup relationships, and collaborative action.” – Dr. Patricia Gurin

Faculty Identities and the Challenge of Diversity: Reflections on Teaching in Higher Education, a new book by Mark Chesler and Alford A. Young Jr., examines the undergraduate teaching experiences and collegial relationships of university faculty who hold appointments in social science, humanities, or natural science and engineering, and who have received undergraduate teaching or service-to-diversity nominations and awards. Documenting and interpreting faculty members' social identities and pedagogical practices, Faculty Identities and the Challenge of Diversity explores how professors address the diverse racial, ethnic, gender, and sexual identities of their students. 

"The material in this book, which focuses on the experiences and approaches of faculty members of diverse backgrounds, can be a bridge between our IGR dialogue theory/practice and more mainstream classroom issues/pedagogies and departmental dynamics.”
– Dr. Mark Chesler