The Thicker Grits Bibliography

Our Most Impactful Reading


Village, we do a lot of syllabus building and curriculum development at Thicker Grits.  As bibliophiles and walking brains, we love to read content that speaks to both our intellect and our experiences. Because we not only teach the academic analysis and understanding of critical race theory, intersectionality and equity, the Thicker Grits team has pulled together a collaborative working list of our favorite go-to resources in a single post. This list is intended to guide exploration and further thinking in topics relevant to our lives and our work. You can find some of our facorites here. Also, please feel free to send us citations or links to any impactful works we may have missed!


  • Afford Anything
  • Dave Ramsey Show
  • Farnoosh Torabi, So Money
  • The Moth
  • Ear Hustle
  • 2 Dope Queens
  • Still Processing
  • On Being

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  • @nowhitesaviors
  • @decolonizingtherapy
  • @sluttygirlprobs
  • @slaythepatriarchy
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  • @sexpositive_families
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  • @professorlove_
  • @chino_caesar_of_roam
  • @samesexquadtravel
  • @citeblackwomen


  • Forthcoming!

Casual & Creative Works

  • McKay, C. (1970). Banjo. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.
  • Baldwin, J., & Phillips, C. (2001). Giovanni’s room. London [etc.: Penguin Books.
  • Toomer, J., & Turner, D. T. (1975). Cane. New York : Liveright
  • Prince, M., & Ferguson, M. (1987). The history of Mary Prince, a West Indian slave. London: Pandora Press.
    Larsen, Nella. (1929) Passing. Knopf
  • Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963. (1968). The souls of black folk; essays and sketches. Chicago, A. G. McClurg, 1903. New York :Johnson Reprint Corp.
  • Ellison, Ralph. (1995). Invisible man. New York :Vintage International
  • Smith, Zadie. (2000). White teeth. London :Hamish Hamilton
  • Johnson, James Weldon, 1871-1938. (1995). The autobiography of an ex-colored man. New York :Dover Publications, Inc.,
  • Bambara, T. C. (1980). The salt eaters. New York: Random House.
  • Hurston, Z. N., & Gates, H. L. (2009). Tell my horse: Voodoo and life in Haiti and Jamaica. New York: Harper Perennial.
  • Snorton, C. R. (2017). Black on both sides: A racial history of trans identity.
  • Guillen, Nicolas. Yoruba from Cuba: Selected Poems of Nicolas Guillen
  • Robinson, Cedric J. Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition
  • Morrison, Toni. (1970) The Bluest Eye.
  • Morrison, Toni. (1992) Jazz.
  • Olaudah Equiano. (1789) The Interesting Narrative Or Gustavus Vassa, the African.
  • Hurston, Zora Neale. (1937) Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • Sister Souljah. (1994) No Disrespect.
  • Brown, Claude. (1965) Manchild in the Promised Land
  • Cohen, Leah Hager. (1994) Train Go Sorry

On Money, Work and Wealth

  • Ferris, Timothy. (2007) The 4-Hour Work Week
  • Robin, Vicki et al. (1992) Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence.
  • Fisker, Jacob Lund. Early Retirement Extreme
    Graham, Benjamin. (1949). The Intelligent Investor
    Stanley, Thomas J.(1996) The Millionaire Next Door
  • Clason, George S. (2002) The Richest Man in Babylon
  • Covey, Stephen R. (1989) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
  • Dweck, Carol. (2006) Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
  • Burchard, Brendon. (2017) High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way.
  • Hogan, Chris. (2019) Everyday Millionaires: How Ordinary People Build Extraordinary Wealth
  • Ramsey, Dave. (2013) The Total Money Makeover
  • Stanny, Barbara. (2002) Secrets of Six-Figure Women
  • Hill, Napoleon. (1937) Think and Grow Rich
  • Collins, JL. (2016) The Simple Path to Wealth

Academic Reading: Books

  • Crenshaw, K. (1995). Critical race theory: The key writings that formed the movement. The New Press.
  • Bonilla-Silva, E. (2006). Racism without racists: Color-blind racism and the persistence of racial inequality in the United States. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
  • Delgado, R., & Stefancic, J. (2012). Critical race theory: An introduction. NYU Press.
  • Giroux, H. A. (1989). Critical pedagogy, the state, and cultural struggle. Suny Press.
  • Zuberi, T., & Bonilla-Silva, E. (Eds.). (2008). White logic, white methods: Racism and methodology. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
  • Assata Shakur, Assata: An Autobiography (Lawrence Hill Books, 2001).
  • Stefano Harney and Fred Moten, The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study (Minor Compositions, 2013).
    Mitchell Duneier, Ghetto: The Invention of a Place, The History of an Idea (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016).
  • Kevin Coval, Quraysh Ali Lansana and Nate Marshall, The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip Hop (Haymark Books, 2015).
  • Katherine McKittrick (ed.), Sylvia Wynter: On Being Human as Praxis (Duke University Press Books, 2015).
  • Elijah Muhammad, Message to the Blackman in America (Secretarius Memps Publications, 1997).
  • Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches (Crossing Press, 2007).
  • Inés Hernández-Avila (ed.), Reading Native American Women: Critical/Creative Representations (Altamira Press, 2005).
  • Eduardo Galeano, Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent (Monthly Review Press, 1997).
  • Jorge Luis Borges, Collected Fictions (Penguin Books, 1999).
  • Jorge J.E. Garcia and Elizabeth Millán-Zaibert (eds.), Latin American Philosophy for the 21st Century: The Human Condition, Values, and the Search for Identity (Prometheus Books, 2004).
  • Young Lords Party, Palante: Voices and Photographs of the Young Lords, 1969-1971 (Haymarket Books, 2011).
  • Erika Lee, The Making of Asian America: A History (Simon & Schuster, 2016).
  • Amaney A. Jamal and Nadine Christine Naber, Race and Arab Americans Before and After 9/11: From Invisible Citizens to Visible Subjects (Syracuse University Press, 2008).
  • Jonathan Hafetz, Habeas Corpus after 9/11: Confronting America’s New Global Detention System (New York University Press, 2011).
    Deepa Kumar, Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire (Haymarkte Books, 2012).
  • Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth (Grove Press, 2005).
  • Jesmyn Ward, The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race (Scribner, 2016).
  • Cherríe Moraga, This Bridge Called my Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color (State University of New York Press, 2015).
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley, “Ozymandias” (1818), poem.
  • Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed (Bloomsbury Academic, 2000).
  • Banu Bargu, Starve and Immolate: The Politics of Human Weapons (Columbia University Press, 2016).
  • Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, “Can the Subaltern Speak?” in Marxism and the Interpretation of Culture, ed. Cary Nelson (University of Illinois Press, 1988).
  • Crenshaw, K. (1995). Critical race theory: The key writings that formed the movement. The New Press.
  • Mary Matsuda Gruenewald, Looking Like the Enemy: My Story of Imprisonment in Japanese-American Internment Camps (NewSage Press, 2005).
  • Judith Butler and Athena Athanasiou, Dispossession: The Performative in the Political (Polity, 2013).
  • Iza R. Hussin, The Politics of Islamic Law: Local Elites, Colonial Authority, and the Making of the Muslim State (University of Chicago Press, 2016).
  • Moustafa Bayoumi, This Muslim American Life: Dispatches from the War on Terror (NYU Press, 2015).
  • Vijay Prashad, Letters to Palestine: Writers Respond to War and Occupation (Verso, 2015).
  • Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (The New Press, 2012).
  • Jacobo Timerman, Prisoner without a Name, Cell without a Number (University of Wisconsin Press, 2002).
  • Women of the Klan: Racism and Gender in the 1920s –  Kathleen M. Blee
  • Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf Press, 2014).
  • Matthew Desmond, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (Crown, 2016).
  • Michel Foucault, Security, Territory, Population: Lectures at the Collége de France: 1977-1978 (Picador, 2009).
  • Hill Collins, P. and Bilge, S. (2016) Intersectionality. Cambridge, UK. Polity Press.
  • Jolivette, A. (2015) Research Justice: Methodologies for Social Change. Chicago, Il. Policy Press.
  • Rice, M. (2010) Diversity and Public Administration: Theory, Issues, and Perspectives. Armonk, NY. M.E. Sharpe
  • Fitzduff, M., Williams S., Group Skills for Societal Conflict, 101 Exercises. (2018) Forthcoming.
  • Hancock, A. (2011) Solidarity Politics for Millennials: A Guide to Ending the Oppression Olympics. New York, NY. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Reason, P. & Bradbury, H. (2001) Handbook of Action Research: Participative Inquiry and Practice. Thousand Oaks, CA. Sage Publications.
  • Young, I. (2000) Inclusion and Democracy. Oxford, UK. Oxford University Press.
  • Fine, M. (2017) Just Research in Contentious Times: Widening the Methodological Imagination. New York: Teachers College Press.
  • Paluck, E. et al., Prejudice Reduction: What Works? A Review and Assessment of Research and Practice. Annu. Rev. Psychol. (2009) 60:339-67.
  • Nordell, J. Is This How Discrimination Ends? A New Approach to Implicit Bias. (5.7.2017) The Atlantic.
  • Devine, P. et al., Long Term Reduction in Implicit Race Bias: A Prejudice Habit- Breaking Intervention. National Institutes of Health. J Exp Soc Psychol. (2012): 48(6): 1267-1278.
  • Mukhopadhyay, C., Henze, R., Moses, Y. (2007) How Real Is Race? A Sourcebook on Race, Culture, and Biology. Foreword by James A. Banks. Rowman & Littlefield Education.
  • Guinier, L. and Torres, G. (2002) The Miner’s Canary: Enlisting Race, Resisting Power, Transforming Democracy. Cambridge, MA. Harvard University Press.
  • hooks, b. (1994) Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom. New York, NY. Routeledge.
  • Mahmoud Darwish, If I Were Another: Poems (Farrar, 2009).
  • Mumia Abu-Jamal, Writing on the Wall: Selected Prison Writings of Mumia Abu-Jamal (City Lights Books, 2015)

On The Global Context

  • Appiah, Kwame Anthony,  Cosmpolitanism: Ethics in A World of Strangers (New York: Norton, 2006)
  • Balakrishnan, Radhika and Diane Elson, eds., Economic Policy and Human Rights (New York: Zed Books, 2011)
  • Basu, Kaushik and Ravi Kanbur eds., Arguments for a Better World: Essays in Honor of Amartya Sen Vol. 1 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009)
  • Chatterjee, Deen, ed., Ethics of Assistance (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004)
  • Crocker, David, Ethics of Global Development: Agency, Capability, and Deliberative Democracy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008)
  • Dower, Nigel, “Development and Globalization: The Ethical Challenges” (Michigan State University Lecture, 2005)
  • Escobar, Arturo, Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1995)
  • Gasper, Des, Ethics of Development (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2004)
  • Goulet, Dennis, “A New Discipline: Development Ethics.”  The International Journal of Socio-Economics (1996)
  • Horton, Keith and Chris Roche, eds., Ethical Questions and International NGOs: An Exchange between Philosophers and NGOs (London: Springer, 2010)
  • McNeill, Desmond and Asuncion Lera St. Clair, “Ethics, Human Rights and Global Justice” in Global Poverty, Ethics and Human Rights (London: Routledge, 2009)
  • Peet, Richard and Elaine Hartwick, Theories of Development (New York: Guilford Press, 1999)
  • Sachedina, Abdulaziz, Islam and the Challenge of Human Rights (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009)
  • Sen, Amartya, The Idea of Justice (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2009)
  • Shiva, Vandana and Maria Miles, Ecofeminism (London: Zed Books, 1993)
  • Shue, Henry, Basic Rights (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1980)
  • Henry Shue, Basic Rights: Subsistence, Affluence and U.S Foreign Policy (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1980)
  • Frantz Fanon, “Colonial War and Mental Disorders” and “Conclusion” in The Wretched of the Earth (1963)
  • Richard Peet and Elaine Hartwick, “Critical Modernism, Radical Democracy, Development” in Theories of Development (1999)
  • Desmond McNeill and Asuncion Lera St. Clair, “Ethics, Human Rights and Global Justice” in Global Poverty, Ethics and Human Rights (London: Routledge, 2009)
  • S. Charusheela, “Women’s choices and the ethnocentrism/relativism dilemma” in
    S. Cullenberg, J. Amariglio and D. Ruccio, eds., Postmodernism, Economics and
    Knowledge (New York: Routledge, 2001)
  • Wendy Harcourt, Body Politics in Development: Critical Debates in Gender and Development (London: Zed Books, 2009)
  • Nalini Visvanathan, Lynn Duggan, Nan Wiegersma and Laurie Nisonoff, eds., The Women, Gender and Development Reader (London: Zed Books, 2011)
  • Susie Jolly, “Why is development work so straight? Heteronormativity in the international development industry,” Development in Practice, 21:1 (2011): 18-28
  • Richard Peet and Elaine Hartwick, “Feminist Theories of Development” and “Critical Modernism, Radical Democracy, Development” in Theories of Development (New York: The Guilford Press, 1999) p.  163-194 and 195-210
  • E. Boserup, Women’s Role in Economic Development (New York: St. Martin Press, 1970)
  • G. Sen and C. Grown, Development Crises and Alternative Visions: Third World Women’s Perspectives (New York: Monthly Review Press, 1987)
  • N. Kabeer, Reversed Realities: Gender Hierarchies in Development Thought (London: Verso Press, 1994)
  • R. Dixon-Mueller, “Women in Agriculture: Counting the Labor Force in Developing Countries,” in M.M. Fonow and J.A. Cook, eds., Beyond Methodology: Feminist Scholarship in Lived Research (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1991)
  • Susan Okin, “Poverty, Well-Being, and Gender: What Counts, Who’s Heard?”, Philosophy and Public Affairs 31:3 (2003): 280-316
  • Uma Narayan- “Essence of Culture and a Sense of History: A Feminist Critique of Cultural Essentialism” in U. Narayan and S. Harding, eds., Decentering the Center: Philosophy for a Multicultural, Postcolonial and Feminist World (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2000)
  • Peter Berger, Pyramids of Sacrifice: Political Ethics and Social Change (1974)
  • Amitavi Krishna Dutt and Charles K. Wilber, eds., New Directions in Development Ethics: Essays in Honor of Denis Goulet (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame, 2010)
  • David Ellerman, Helping People Help Themselves: From the World Bank to an Alternative Philosophy of Development Assistance (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2005)
  • Des Gasper & Asuncion Lera St Clair, eds., Development Ethics (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2010)
  • Didier Jacobs, “Democratizing Global Economic Governance” in After Neoliberalism: Economic Policies that Work for the Poor (Washington DC: New Rules for Global Finance Coalition, 2002), pgs. 45-63
  • Mark Malloch Brown, “Democratic Governance: Towards A Framework for Sustainable Peace,” Global Governance 9 (2003): 141-146
  • Paul Farmer, Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003)
  • Abhijit V. Banerjee and Dilip Mookherjee, Understanding Poverty (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006)
  • Peter Singer, One World: The Ethics of Globalization (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002)
  • Joseph Stiglitz, Making Globalization Work (New York: W.W. Norton, 2007)
  • Hans Kung, A Global Ethic for Global Politics and Global Economics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998)
  • International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1966)—
  • 2009 OHCHR Report on Activities and Results–
  • Declaration on the Right to Development—
  • Written Contributions from Member States and Other Stakeholders—

Academic Reading: Articles

  • Omi, M., & Winant, H. (2008). Once more, with feeling: Reflections on racial formation. PMLA, 123(5), 1565-1572.
  • From the Angela Davis Reader – “Women and Capitalism: Dialectics of Oppression and Liberation,” “Racism in the Woman Suffrage Movement” – Women, Race & Class – Angela Y. Davis
  • Collins, P. H. (1986). Learning from the outsider within: The sociological significance of Black feminist thought. Social problems, 33(6), s14-s32.
  • Collins, P. H. (2015). Intersectionality’s definitional dilemmas. Annual Review of Sociology, 41, 1-20.
  • Butler, J. (1993). Critically Queer. GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, 1(1), 17-32.
  • Garland-Thomson, R. (2002). Integrating disability, transforming feminist theory. NWSA journal, 14(3), 1-32.
  • Misawa, M. (2010). Queer race pedagogy for educators in higher education: Dealing with power dynamics and positionality of LGBTQ students of color. The International Journal of Critical Pedagogy, 3(1), 26.
  • Cohen, C. J. (1997). Punks, Bulldaggers, and Welfare Queens: The Radical Potential of Queer Politics?. GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, 3(4), 437-465.
  • Means, D.R., & Jaeger, A.J. (2013). Black in the rainbow: “Quaring” the Black gay male student experience at historically Black universities. Journal of African American Males in Education, 4(2), 124-140.
  • Subotnik, D. (1998). What’s Wrong with Critical Race Theory?: Reopening the Case for Middle Class Values. Reopening the Case for Middle Class Values, 7.
  • Bernal, D. D. (2002). Critical race theory, Latino critical theory, and critical raced-gendered epistemologies: Recognizing students of color as holders and creators of knowledge. Qualitative inquiry, 8(1), 105-126.
  • Howard, T. C., & Navarro, O. (2016). Critical Race Theory 20 Years Later Where Do We Go From Here?. Urban Education, 0042085915622541.
  • Ladson-Billings, G., & Tate, W. F. (1995). Toward a critical race theory of education. Teachers college record, 97(1), 47.
  • Constance-Huggins, M. (2011). A review of the racial biases of social welfare policies. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 21(8), 871-887.
  • Fonow, M. M., & Cook, J. A. (2005). Feminist methodology: New applications in the academy and public policy. Signs, 30(4), 2211-2236.
  • Pettigrew, T. F. (2008). The social science study of American race relations in the twentieth century. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 2(1), 318-345.
  • Correa, V. E. (2014). Blueprint for the American Dream? A Critical Discourse Analysis of Presidential Remarks on Minority Homeownership. Social Justice,40(3), 16.
  • Ernst, R., Nguyen, L., & Taylor, K. C. (2013). Citizen Control: Race at the Welfare Office. Social Science Quarterly, 94(5), 1283-1307.
  • Milner, H. R. (2013). Analyzing poverty, learning, and teaching through a critical race theory lens. Review of Research in Education, 37(1), 1-53.
  • Young, I. M. (2001). Activist challenges to deliberative democracy. Political theory, 29(5), 670-690.
  • Burton, L. M., Bonilla‐Silva, E., Ray, V., Buckelew, R., & Hordge Freeman, E. (2010). Critical race theories, colorism, and the decade’s research on families of color. Journal of Marriage and Family, 72(3), 440-459.
  • Love, B. J. (2004). Brown plus 50 counter-storytelling: A critical race theory analysis of the “majoritarian achievement gap” story. Equity & Excellence in Education, 37(3), 227-246.
  • Corrigendum to “Breaking the prejudice habit: Mechanisms, timecourse, and longevity”.
    PS Forscher, C Mitamura, EL Dix, WTL Cox, PG Devine Elsevier Science
  • A gender bias habit-breaking intervention led to increased hiring of female faculty in STEM…
    PG Devine, PS Forscher, WTL Cox, A Kaatz, J Sheridan, M Carnes
    Journal of experimental social psychology 73, 211-215
  • Ecological invalidity of existing gaydar research: In-lab accuracy translates to real-world inaccuracy (2016) WTL Cox, PG Devine, AA Bischmann, JS Hyde The Journal of Sex Research 54 (7), 820-824
  • Breaking the prejudice habit: Mechanisms, timecourse, and longevity
    PS Forscher, C Mitamura, EL Dix, WTL Cox, PG Devine Journal of experimental social psychology 72, 133-146
  • Mental Health of Immigrants and Refugees
  • When black death goes viral, it can trigger PTSD-like trauma
  • How the Heroin Epidemic Differs in Communities of Color
  • Bowleg, L. (2012). The problem with the phrase women and minorities: intersectionality—an important theoretical framework for public health.American journal of public health, 102(7), 1267-1273.
  • Ford, C. L., & Airhihenbuwa, C. O. (2010). Critical race theory, race equity, and public health: toward antiracism praxis. American Journal of Public Health, 100(S1), S30-S35.
  • Jee-Lyn García, J., & Sharif, M. Z. (2015). Black Lives Matter: A commentary on racism and public health. American journal of public health, 105(8), e27-e30.
  • Dunac, P. S., & Demir, K. (2016). Negotiating White science in a racially and ethnically diverse United States. Educational Review, 1-26.

Viewing & Listening:  Talks & Video

  • Angela Lee Duckworth, Grit: The Power of Perseverance
  • Browne Brown, Tge Power of Vulnerability
  • The Power of Introverts, Susan Cain.
  • Bryan Stevenson, We new to tAlk about an injustice
  • Watch “The End of Poverty?”-
  • Janet Stovall, How to get serious about Diversity and Inclusion
  • Kimberlé Crenshaw, the urgency of intersectionality
  • Dorothy Roberts, The problem with race-based medicine
  • Dena Simmons, how students of color confront imposter syndrome
  • Priya Vulchi, Winona Guo; what it takes to be racially literate
  • Gabby Rivera, The story of Marvel’s first queer Latina superhero
  • Tamekia MizLadi Smith, How to train employees to have difficult conversations
  • Luvvie Ajayi, get comfortable with being uncomfortable
  • David R Williams,  how racism makes us sick
  • Miriam Zoila Pérez, how racism harms pregnant women- and what can help
  • Jamila Lyiscott, ways to speak English
  • Yoruba Richen, what the gay rights movement learned from the Civil Rights Movement
  • Thelma Golden, how art gives shape to cultural change

Our Favorite TED Talks

On Grit

On Success

On Home & Culture

On Health & Wellness

Viewing and Listening: TV, Music and Film

Film & TV will be covered more explicitly in a separate post/downloadable tool, but we wanted to post some impressive works here.

  • Ashutosh Gowariker, Lagaan (2001), film.
  • Richard Price and Steve Zaillian, The Night Of (2016), TV series.
  • Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly (2015), album.
  • Terry George, Hotel Rwanda (2004), film.
  • Peter Sollet, Raising Victor Vargas (2002), film.
  • David Simon, The Wire (2002-2008), TV series.
  • CocoRosie, “Child Bride” (2013), song.

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