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Emily Drew

Associate Professor of Sociology

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Salem Campus

Smullin 214
900 State Street
Salem  Oregon  97301
503-370-6720 (Fax)


Emily M. Drew is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Ethnic Studies at Willamette University, where she teaches courses about racism, race and ethnicity, urban sociology, mass media, and social change. Her primary areas of research involve understanding how race and racism operate inside of social institutions, particularly higher education, media and urban planning. She earned her doctorate, as well as Master’s degrees, from Loyola University Chicago, and has articles published in Critical Studies in Media Communication and Television & New Media.

Drew’s work is driven by a long-term commitment to social justice struggles. She has been actively engaged in anti-racism organizing and activism for almost 20 years, and serves as a co-trainer of “Understanding Institutional Racism” workshops for Crossroads Anti Racism Organizing and Training. She gives presentations at universities and community-based organizations on the subjects of white privilege, gentrification, fair housing, reparations and affirmative action. In all of these capacities, she is an organizer and strategic planner, helping institutions develop and implement long term commitments to anti-racist, multicultural diversity.

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Drew, Emily M. (2012). "'Listening Through WhiteEars': Cross-Racial Dialogues as a Strategy

to Address the Harmful Effects ofGentrification," Journal of Urban Affairs, 34(1):99-115.

Drew, Emily M. (2011). "Strategies forAntiracist Representation: Ethnic Tourism and

Gentrification," Journal of Tourism & Cultural Change, 9(2): 55-69.

Drew, Emily M. (2011). "Pretending to be'Post-Racial': The Spectacularization of Race in Reality

TV's Survivor," Television& New Media, 12(4):326-346.

Willamette University

Sociology Department

Smullin Hall 3rd floor
Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
503-370-6556 voice
503-370-6720 fax