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The Center for the Study of Social Justice

The Center for the Study of Social Justice (CSSJ) facilitates interdisciplinary research in areas of inquiry that inform scholars and policy makers about what is fair, equitable, and beneficial for people. Toward that end, the Center offers a forum for faculty and graduate students to share their expertise, collaborate on research projects, and disseminate their work to a broader audience. CSSJ fosters research and teaching related to social justice beyond the boundaries of individual departments and colleges at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. More than 65 UTK faculty members from 22 Departments in seven Colleges are affiliated with the Center as research fellows. CSSJ Fellows recognize the importance of bridging disciplinary boundaries in order to generate science-based solutions to everyday problems. The CSSJ is divided into 16 divisions dedicated to some of the most pressing social problems facing our world. The Center promotes path-breaking insights and new forms of collaboration that advance social justice research and theory.


Critical Race Symposium: New Perspectives on Research and Scholar-Activism

Friday, April 5, 2019, 10:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy

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We mourn the sudden passing on December 24, 2018 of R. Scott Frey, Professor of Sociology, and since its inception in 2009, Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Social Justice.  Dr. Frey was a strong and active supporter of the center and a proponent of social justice, and his presence on campus and contributions to the Department of Sociology and the center will be missed.  Click here for more information.