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Bruce D. Haynes

Education

  • Ph.D., Sociology, City University of New York Graduate Center, 1995
  • M.A., Sociology, City University of New York Graduate Center, 1992
  • B.A., Sociology, Manhattanville College, 1982

About

Bruce D. Haynes is professor of sociology at the University of California, Davis and a Senior Fellow in the Urban Ethnography Project at Yale University. His publications include Down the Up Staircase: Three Generations of a Harlem Family (co-author Syma Solovitch, Columbia University Press 2017), The Ghetto: Contemporary Issues and Controversies (co-author R. Hutchison, Westview Press, 2011), and Red Lines, Black Spaces: The Politics of Race and Space in a Black Middle-Class Suburb (Yale University Press 2001 reissued in paper in 2006).

Bruce D. Haynes is professor of sociology at the University of California, Davis and a Senior Fellow in the Urban Ethnography Project at Yale University. His publications include, The Ghetto: Contemporary Issues and Controversies (Westview Press, 2011), and Red Lines, Black Spaces: The Politics of Race and Space in a Black Middle-Class Suburb (Yale University Press 2006).

More recently, Haynes published Down the Up Staircase: Three Generations of a Harlem Family (Columbia University Press 2017) with co-author Syma Solovitch.

Down the Up Staircase

Down the Up Staircase tells the story of one Harlem family across three generations, connecting its journey to the historical and social forces that transformed Harlem over the past century. Bruce D. Haynes and Syma Solovitch capture the tides of change that pushed blacks forward through the twentieth century—the Great Migration, the Harlem Renaissance, the early civil rights victories, the Black Power and Black Arts movements—as well as the many forces that ravaged black communities, including Haynes's own. As an authority on race and urban communities, Haynes brings unique sociological insights to the American mobility saga and the tenuous nature of status and success among the black middle class.

Research Focus

Race and Ethnic Inequality, Urban, Community, Sociology of Knowledge

As a scholar of racial and ethnic relations and urban communities, Bruce Haynes’ work seeks to understand the processes of racialization and the consequences of racial classification for communities, particularly within an urban context. His work crosses disciplinary boundaries of American Studies, Community and Urban Sociology, Race and Ethnic Relations, and Jewish Studies while it remains embedded squarely in traditional historical and qualitative methodologies in Sociology. Professor Haynes’ work can be divided into three general research areas: racialized community formation; race, racialization, and social identity; and urban poverty, race and place.

Selected Publications

Haynes, B. D. (In Press) The Soul of Judaism: Jews of African Descent in America ( In-Press New York University Press).

Haynes, B. D. and Syma Solovitch (2017) Down the Up Staircase: Three Generations of a Harlem Family, Columbia University Press, 240 pages, ISBN: 9780231181020

Alexander, M. S., & Haynes, B. D. (2016) The color issue: An introduction. American Jewish History 100 (1): ix-x.

Haynes, B. D. (2013) A member of the club? How Black Jews negotiate Black anti-semitism and Jewish racism. Pp. 147-166 in Race, Color, Identity: Rethinking Discourses about the "Jews" in the 21st Century. Efraim Sicher (Ed.), Berghahn Books).

Haynes, B. D. (2012) The Ghetto: Contemporary Global Issues and Controversies, Westview Press, 384 pages, ISBN 9780813345031

Haynes, B. D. (2009) People of God, children of Ham: Making black(s) Jews, Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, (Volume 8, Issue 2)

Haynes, B. D. (2008) Place, space and race: Monopolistic group closure and the dark side of social capital, Networked Urbanism: Social capital in the City, Talja Blokland and Mike Savage (Eds.), Ashgate Press 2008 (with Jesse Hernandez- UC Davis doctoral candidate)

Haynes, B. D. (2008) The racial order of suburban communities: Past, present, and future, Blackwell-Sociology Compass Volume 2 Issue 4, Pages 1245 – 1251 Published Online: 9 Jul 2008 http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/120748801/abstract?CRETRY=1&SRETRY=0

Teaching

Professor Haynes teaches courses focused primarily on race and ethnic inequality, racialized spaces, ethnic communities, and urban society. He has a strong record mentoring students and providing the guidance and support to produce high-quality researchers and community leaders.

Awards

2009 Chancellor's Award. "Soaring to New Heights Special Citation for Diversity and Principles of Community"

2009 Martin Luther King Outstanding Educator by the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Fund. Campus Ministry, City of Davis, and Office of Campus Community Relations