Reading Lists

Race & Blackness

Black and British: A Forgotten History by David Olusoga

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter

Creating Black Americans: African-American History and Its Meanings, 1619 to the Present by Nell Irvin Painter

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon

Negroland by Margo Jefferson

The Invention of the White Race: Racial Oppression and Social Control by Theodore W. Allen

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Race Matters by Cornel West

The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism by bell hooks

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson

Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas A. Blackmon

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

The Sellout by Paul Beatty

“Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?”: A Psychologist Explains the Development of Racial Identity by Beverly Daniel Tatum

Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness? What it Means to Be Black Now by Touré

Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word by Randall Kennedy

Postblack Aesthetics: The Freedom to Be Black in Contemporary African American Fiction by Christian Schmidt

The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. Du Bois

A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History by Jeanne Theoharis

Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington

The Miseducation of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson

At the Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America by Philip Dray

The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America by Khalil Gibran Muhammad

The Myth of Race: The Troubling Persistence of an Unscientific Idea by Robert Wald Sussman

The Origin of Others by Toni Morrison

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X

The Complete Fiction of Nella Larsen: Passing, Quicksand, and the Stories by Nella Larsen

Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America by Melissa V. Harris-Perry

Black Boy by Richard Wright

How to Be Black by Baratunde R. Thurston

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg

Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White by Frank H. Wu

Black Looks: Race and Representation by bell hooks

Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup

How the Irish Became White by Noel Ignatiev

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging by Afua Hirsch

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo


Sexuality & Gender

Sexual Behavior in the Human Male by Alfred C. Kinsey

Sexual Behavior in the Human Female by Alfred C. Kinsey

The Hite Report by Shere Hite

Human Sexual Response by William H. Masters

The Evolution of Human Sexuality by Donald Symons

Why Is Sex Fun? The Evolution of Human Sexuality by Jared Diamond

Straight: The Surprisingly Short History Of Heterosexuality by Hanne Blank

The Mating Mind: How Sexual Choice Shaped the Evolution of Human Nature by Geoffrey Miller

The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature by Matt Ridley

The Moral Animal: Why We Are the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology by Robert Wright

Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach

Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us by Jesse Bering

Sexuality: A Very Short Introduction by Véronique Mottier

How to Think More About Sex by Alain de Botton

Before Sexuality: The Construction of Erotic Experience in the Ancient Greek World by David M. Halperin

Goddesses, Whores, Wives and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity by Sarah B. Pomeroy

Not Gay: Sex Between Straight White Men by Jane Ward

Against Love: A Polemic by Laura Kipnis

Pornified: How Pornography Is Transforming Our Lives, Our Relationships, and Our Families by Pamela Paul

The Rise of Enlightened Sexism: How Pop Culture Took Us from Girl Power to Girls Gone Wild by Susan J. Douglas

Sexual Perversions, 1670-1890 by Julie Peakman

Vagina: A New Biography by Naomi Wolf

The Handbook of Forensic Sexology by James J. Krivacska

Psychopathia Sexualis: A Medico-Legal Study by Richard von Krafft-Ebing

Promiscuities by Naomi Wolf

The Science of Orgasm by Barry R. Komisaruk

Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity by Judith Butler

The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader by Henry Abelove

Sexuality by Jeffrey Weeks

Between the Acts: Lives of Homosexual Men 1885-1967 by Jeffrey Weeks

Invented Moralities: Sexual Values in an Age of Uncertainty by Jeffrey Weeks

The Memoirs of a Sexologist: Discretion and Indiscretion by Ludwig L. Lenz

Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power, and Consent on Campus by Vanessa Grigoriadis

Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World 1890-1940 by George Chauncey

Desire: A History of Sexuality in Europe from the Greeks to the Present by Anna Clark

The Secret Museum: Pornography in Modern Culture by Walter M. Kendrick

Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking) by Christian Rudder

Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture by Ariel Levy

Sex by Numbers: What Statistics Can Tell Us About Sexual Behaviour by David Spiegelhalter

Histories of Sexuality: Antiquity to Sexual Revolution by Stephen Garton

Greek Homosexuality by Kenneth James Dover

Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America by John D’Emilio

A Mind of Its Own: A Cultural History of the Penis by David M. Friedman

Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality by Christopher Ryan

Lascivious Bodies: A Sexual History of the Eighteenth Century by Julie Peakman

Lust in Translation: Infidelity from Tokyo to Tennessee by Pamela Druckerman