Dr. Ted Thornhil Presents His Research on Race and College Admissions

In collaboration with the Department of Culture, Gender, and Global Studies, the Department of Sociology cordially invites you to attend a premiere research talk by Dr. Ted Thornhill. Thornhill’s talk will focus on his current research focusing on race and college admissions. Specifically, will discuss his recent study which found that white admissions counselors are more responsive to deracialized and racially apolitical black students than they are to those who reveal a commitment to antiracism and racial justice. He will conclude by considering what his findings mean for not only college admissions and higher education, but the practices of white-administered organizations more broadly. Thornhill's presentation will be on March 13, 2019, from 7 to 9 pm in Belk Library and Information Commons, 114. This event is free and open to the campus and community.

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Thornhill is an assistant professor of sociology at Florida Gulf Coast University. His research and writing examine color-blind ideology and new racism practices across social institutions and settings. Thornhill’s latest study, published in the journal Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, investigated how white college admissions counselors screen black prospective students. His writing has also appeared in outlets such as Urban EducationThe ConversationInside Higher Ed, and The Grio. Thornhill’s teaching and research have been covered by numerous media outlets including CNN, The Washington Post, The Root, Forbes, and The Boston Globe.