Black Studies

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Black Studies


Coleman, Major

JD (1981) – University of Maryland at Baltimore
PhD (1993) – University of Chicago

Chair/Associate Prof

Department: Black Studies
Office: FOB W1
Phone: (845) 257-2765

Office Hours

M02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
T09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
T12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
F09:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Research/Creative Activity

American Politics
Public Law
Political Economy
Religion and Politics
Black Politics


"Anti-Discrimination Versus Anti-poverty: Does Affirmative Action Hurt the Poor?," Poverty and Public Policy, 1.2 (2009), Article 4.

"Are Claims of Discrimination Valid? Considering the Moral Hazard Effect," The American Journal of Economics and Sociology. 67.2 (2008): 1-19. (w/William A. Darity, Jr., and Rhonda V. Sharpe).

"You Can't Fix Racial Inequality if You Can't See It: Why Data Collection Is Vital to Successful Anti-discrimination Initiatives." In Advancing Equity in Latin America: Putting Policy Into Practice, 31-48. C. Nelson and S. Richards-Kennedy (Eds.). Washington D.C.: Inter-American Development Bank, 2007.

Review of The Elusive Ideal: Equal Educational Opportunity and the Federal Role in Boston's Public Schools, 1950-1985 by Adam R. Nelson. Journal of Politics 68.1 (2006): 221-222.

"The Black Political Economy Paradigm and the Dynamics of Racial Economic Inequality" w/James B. Stewart). In African Americans in the U.S. Economy, 118-129. J. Whitehead, C. Conrad, P. Mason and J. B. Stewart, (Eds.). Lanhan, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2005.

"Racism in Academia: The White Superiority Supposition in the 'Unbiased' Search for Knowledge." European Journal of Political Economy. 21.3 (2005): 762-774.

"Racial Discrimination in the Workplace: Does Market Structure Make a Difference?" Industrial Relations. 43(3) (2004): 660-689.

"Job Skill and Black Male Wage Discrimination." Social Science Quarterly. 84.4 (2003): 892-906.

"African American Popular Wisdom Versus the Qualification Question : Is Affirmative Action Merit-based." Western Journal of Black Studies. 27.1 (2003): 35-44. (This was a special affirmative action issue featuring some of the best scholars from different fields including Haynes Walton, Lani Guinier, Glenn Loury, Thomas Boston and others)

"Contesting the Magic of the Marketplace: Black Employment and Business Concentration in the Urban Context." Urban Studies. 39.10 (2002): 1793-1818.

“Merit, Cost and the Affirmative Action Policy Debate,” The Review of Black Political Economy. 21.1 (1999): 99-127.