Websites, articles, publications and organizations

The Internet is replete with articles about affirmative action. Here are some articles and websites found to be rich resources. They also mention the names of some stellar researchers on the topic.

The first website is very rich. "The Affirmative Action and Diversity Project: A Web Page for Research." Its table of contents includes the following topics:

  • Changing Definitions of Discrimination
  • The Economics of Affirmative Action
  • Quotas and Proportional Representation
  • Recognizing MeritCulture and Affirmative Action
  • Individual vs. Group Rights
  • Gender Consciousness and Gender Blindness
  • Race Blindness and Color Blindness
  • Pending State and Federal Legislation
  • Pending Court Cases
  • Alternatives to Affirmative Action

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy has a long critical article about affirmative action that goes beyond relating the history of this intervention.

The Department of Labor provides the federal government's account of affirmative action at

Organizations that provide information on affirmative action in higher education include:

* the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) (;

* the American Council on Education (ACE) (;

* the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) (

A broader perspective is found at the Civil Rights Project, which used to be at Harvard but is now at UCLA.

Two researchers in particular whose work is helpful:
Carolyn Sotello Viernes Turner Faculty of Color in Academe: Bittersweet Success, written with Samuel L. Myers, Jr.)
Daryl G. Smith, author of Achieving Faculty Diversity: Debunking the Myths, written with Lisa E. Wolf and Bonnie E. Busenberg (This is an AACU publication.)

This website was compiled by Judy Kirmmse, Affirmative Action Officer at Connecticut College, and Yalidy Mercedes Matos '09.