Provost and Professor of Sociology
Provost and Professor of Sociology Sarah Willie-LeBreton studies higher education and work and teaches about race, racism, and social inequality. Informed by her work with community groups, Willie-LeBreton has taught courses on African American culture, politics, race, racism and social inequality. Considering herself an applied sociologist, she has worked with a variety of groups on inclusivity and justice initiatives. Her research explores minority/majority and subordinate/superordinate relations, the construction of knowledge, and the subversion of oppression. She is the author of Acting Black: College, Identity and the Performance of Race (Routledge 2003), a study of college-educated African Americans in the post-civil rights movement era. Since joining Swarthmore's faculty in 1997, she has also served as associate provost, chairperson of the sociology and anthropology department, and coordinator of the program in Black Studies. An exchange student at Spelman College in 1984, Willie-LeBreton graduated from Haverford College in 1986 and received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1995.