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Sarah Willie-LeBreton

Professor Emerita of Sociology & Black Studies and Provost Emerita

Emeritus Provost's Office

Sociology & Anthropology


  2. Phone: (610) 328-8319
Sarah Willie-LeBreton


Ph.D., Sociology, Northwestern University, 1995
M.A., Sociology, Northwestern University, 1988
B.A., Sociology, Haverford College, 1986

Selected Publications and Activities

Member, American Sociological Association Departmental Resources Group -- External Reviewer of Sociology Departments and Programs and Africana/Black Studies Programs.  

Transforming the Academy: Faculty Perspectives on Diversity and Pedagogy, Editor and Contributor, Rutgers University Press, 2016

2015  Op-Ed Essay “Why Rachel Dolezal is still welcome among blacks,” Philadelphia Inquirer, June 16.

2012 Op-Ed Essay “Talking Through Complexities [of sexual abuse]”, Philadelphia Inquirer, Sunday, June 24, p. C4.

Acting Black: College, Identity, and the Performance of Race, Sole Author, Routledge Press, 2003.

2005 "Beverly McIver's Canvas," Contexts, a journal of the American Sociological Society, Fall.

2005 "Black, White, and Brown: The Transformation of Public Education in America," with Charles V. Willie, Teachers College Record, Columbia University, Volume 107, No. 3, March, pp. 475-495.

"Outing the Blackness in White: Analyzing Race, Class, and Gender in Everyday Life,"Annals of Scholarship, Temple University Press, Darrell Moore and Phyllis Jackson, guest editors, Marie-Rose Logan, general editor, Vol 14, No 1, pp125-136. 2000.

"Playing the Devil's Advocate: Defending A Multi-Racial Identity in Fractured Community, " in Thompson and Tyagi's (eds.) Names We call Home: Autobiography on Racial Identity, Routledge Press. 1996.

Teaching and Research Interests

Social Inequality, Higher Education, Social Theory, African American Culture, and Work and Occupations

Courses and Seminars Taught

  • The Constitution of Knowledge (SOAN 027B)
  • Sociology through African American Women's Writing (SOAN 007C)
  • Introduction to Black Studies (BLST 015)
  • Exemplary Studies in Sociology & Anthropology (SOAN 012M)
  • Introduction to Race and Ethnicity in the United States (SOAN 007B)
  • Classical Theory (SOAN 027C)
  • Race Theories (SOAN 127)

Curriculum Vitae