Seminar with Maribel Morey: "Gunnar Myrdal, White Philanthropy, and the Making of An American Dilemma".

Discussant: Michael McEachrane 
Michael McEachrane, PhD, is a Visiting Researcher at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Lund, Sweden, and External Affiliate at the Sarah Parker Remond Centre for the Study of Racism and Racialisation at University College London. 


Since its publication in 1944, many Americans have described Gunnar Myrdal’s An American Dilemma as a defining text on U.S. race relations. Maribel Morey’s book White Philanthropy: Carnegie Corporation’s An American Dilemma and the Making of a White World Order provides the complex global origins of Myrdal's book. Morey details how An American Dilemma was not commissioned, funded, or written with the goal of challenging white supremacy, but instead, was commissioned by Carnegie Corporation and researched and written by Myrdal in order to solidify white rule over black people in the United States.

About Maribel Morey

Maribel Morey is founding executive director of the Miami Institute for the Social Sciences. Morey has a PhD in History from Princeton and a JD from NYU Law. Morey is a prior Andrew Carnegie Fellow (2016-18) and Fulbright scholar who spent the 2011-12 academic year at Stockholm University’s Sociology Department. 

About the Anti-Racism Working Group Seminar Series

The Anti-Racism Working Group (ARWG) aims to recognize the structures and practices of racism within our field and confront it through the platforming of anti-racist efforts in Sociology and beyond. We invite academics, activists, and artists to share their experiences, research, reflect on recent work, and join in conversation.

Everyone is welcome. Students are particularly encouraged to attend and participate. For the foreseeable future, all seminars will take place over Zoom. To join our group email list and receive Zoom links please contact one of the organizers Ryan Switzer, ryan.switzer(a), or Vanessa Barker, vanessa.barker(a)