UM Slavery Research Group Hosts Lecture on Educational Inequality

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The University of Mississippi Slavery Research Group is sponsoring a lecture by alumnus Robert Reece on Friday (Oct. 13) in Barnard Observatory.

Reece plans to discuss his research on current school inequality and how these patterns are linked to the past. The lecture, at 3:30 p.m. in the Tupelo Room, is free and open to the public.

“Robert has developed some very innovative methods for measuring how current racial inequalities are connected to deep historical trends,” said Jeffrey T. Jackson, UM associate professor of sociology and co-chair of the Slavery Research Group. “His work is becoming widely cited in the field because of the methodological sophistication he brings to these important questions.”

Reece’s presentation should spark discussion, said Chuck Ross, UM director of African American studies and the group’s other co-chair.

“We look forward to Robert returning to our campus,” Ross said. “He clearly is establishing himself as a national scholar on race, and its sociological legacies and implications today.”

A native of Leland, Reece earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sociology from UM. He earned a doctorate from Duke University and recently accepted a position as an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Texas.

His work has been published in journals including Sociology of Race and Ethnicity and The Review of Black Political Economy, as well as in the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance magazine.

For more information about the UM Slavery Research Group, visit

By Christina Steube

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