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James Baldwin

James Baldwin
Graduate Student

Research Interests

  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Urban Sociology
  • Inequality
  • Public Administration
  • Social Demography
  • Racialized Space/Organizations
  • Quantitative Methods


The United States offers an abundance of opportunities for research and activism and Baldwin strives to be an expert in U.S. history, politics, and social life. His overarching research question centers on the adaptation of systems of oppression and the identification of contemporary mechanisms of racism. Baldwin’s current research examines segregation, how segregation has differed and evolved across specific time periods, and what the process continues to be. He implicates Racialized Housing Organizations as a primary culprit in the persistence of residential segregation. These organizations facilitate the white economic and political interest, regulates space on the basis of race, and provides the missing like between macro- and micro-level processes of residential segregation. Aside from housing, Baldwin conducts similar work on the contemporary reinstitution of the convict leasing system and prison-based gerrymandering. Overall, his work highlights the important work of systemic reorientation, and the connection between race, space, and public administration.

Baldwin is a current PhD student and an Avilés-Johnson Fellow at Texas A&M University. His previous education includes a Masters in Public Service and Administration from the Bush School of Government and Public Service and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from The Alabama State University. He is a member of the American Sociological Association, Eastern Sociological Society, Society for the Study of Social Problems, and Southwestern Social Science Association. In addition, he is the also an executive board member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and the Founder/President of Operation R.E.U.P.