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Mary Barr


Office: Brackett Hall, Room 130A
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 Educational Background

Ph.D. African American Studies and Sociology
Yale University 2008

MA African American Studies and Sociology
Yale University 2003

BA Sociology
UCLA 1998

 Courses Taught

Introduction to Sociology
Sociology of Education
Race & Ethnicity
From Civil Rights to Black Power
Oral History and the African American Experience
Social Problems


Dr. Mary Barr is the author of “Friends Disappear: The Battle for Racial Equality in Evanston.” Barr received her Ph.D. in Sociology and African American Studies from Yale University in 2008. Research for her book was supported, in part, by fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies (2010-2012), Black Metropolis Research Consortium (2012), and National Endowment for the Humanities (2013). Her areas of interest include 20th Century African American History (with emphasis on the Civil Rights Movement), educational inequalities, and community studies. Dr. Barr is a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Clemson University.

 Research Interests

The civil rights movement, educational inequalities, urban sociology, qualitative methodologies (historical and ethnographic), race and ethnicity, and African American studies

 Research Publications

July 2017 --“Bringing the Movement Home: A 1965 Civil Rights Campaign to Combat Housing Discrimination in Chicago’s North Shore Suburbs” for Deferred Dreams, Defiant Struggles: Critical Perspectives on Blackness, Belonging and Civil Rights, CAAR FORECAAST Series, Liverpool University Press.

November 2014--“Friends Disappear: The Battle for Racial Equality in Evanston” The University of Chicago Press (see link below).

April 2014-- Review of "Hungry for Health: A Journey Through Cleveland's Food Desert," The Sociological Cinema, an online teaching resource (see link below).

October 2013--“Temporary Visitor: Reevaluating my Undergraduate Service Learning Experience Tutoring at a California Juvenile Probation Camp” The Journal of Public and Professional Sociology 5(2) (Refereed). To access a pdf copy see link below.

 Honors and Awards

2017, Award for Excellence in Service and Outreach, Clemson University


New Trier Must Continue Race Seminar
To curtail Evanston gun violence, we must look at root causes
Friends Disappear
Temporary Visitor
Hungry for Health