Angie Beeman


Associate Professor of Sociology

55 Lexington Avenue at 24th Street

Department of Sociology & Anthropology

New York, NY 10010

Baruch College

Email: Angie(dot)Beeman(at)


Angie Beeman is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Baruch College-CUNY.  Her work focuses on the evolution of racism and how this process affects institutional practices, identities, and interracial organizing.  Professor Beeman has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes.  Her most recent work involves ethnographic study of an interracial social movement organization and its opponent.  Her article, entitled “Walk the Walk but Don’t Talk the Talk: The Strategic Use of Color-Blind Ideology in Interracial Social Movement Organizations,” was published in Sociological Forum, 2015.  This study examines color-blind rhetoric among European American, Latino/a, and African American activists working in the same group. This paper also evaluates weaknesses in the conceptual work on “color-blind racism” and proposes new concepts that clarify the relationship between ideology and systemic racism.  Building on this work, she has also examined the effect of color-blind ideology on the development of Occupy Wall Street’s “Declaration of the Occupation of New York City.”

In her past work, Professor Beeman developed the concept of emotional segregation, which she defined as an institutionalized empathetic barrier between European Americans and people of color. She showed how this barrier was reproduced in U.S. films that continued to marginalize people of color.  Her article, “Emotional Segregation: A Content Analysis of Institutional Racism in US Films, 1980-2001” won an award from the American Sociological Association and was subsequently published in the journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies.  She furthered this work in an analysis of Bollywood films that she co-authored for the book Covert Racism, Brill Press (2011).   She has also co-authored several articles and book chapters on predatory lending. 

Professor Beeman has been teaching for fifteen years.  Prior to joining the faculty at Baruch College, she taught Sociology and Women’s Studies courses at the University of Connecticut, including White Racism, Women’s Health, Women and Violence, and Social Problems.  During her time there, Professor Beeman received two teaching awards given by the Sociology and Women’s Studies Departments.  She then taught at Borough of Manhattan Community College, where she successfully developed a hybrid course in Sociology as well as a paired learning community in addition to various traditional courses, including Ethnic Groups in American Life.  Furthermore, she has taught Urban Sociology at College of Staten Island.  At Baruch College, she continues to teach Race and Ethnic Relations and Sociological Theory regularly.  She has also taught the Peopling of New York and Sociology with the Macaulay Honors College.  Professor Beeman received the 2013-2014 Whiting Fellowship for excellence in teaching, which awarded her partial sabbatical to continue her research on racism and social movements.  In 2015, reflecting on her years of teaching experience, she published an article examining teaching challenges and strategies at predominantly “white” versus racially diverse campuses.  She also offers classes and talks with ThinkOlio.

Currently, Professor Beeman serves on the editorial board of Critical Sociology and the review board of Journal of Social Justice.  She has previously served on the Racial/Ethnic Minority Scholarship Committee and was Local Arrangements Chair for the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) as well as a Program Committee Member of Eastern Sociological Society.   She has organized several panels and workshops on researching and teaching racism for these and other professional organizations.  She received a 2013-2014 Weissman Collaborative Grant to organize a speaker series and faculty workshop, entitled “Racism in the Post-Racial Society.” 

Professor Beeman holds a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut and received her B.A. and M.A. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  Her dissertation entitled, “Grassroots Organizing and ‘Post-Civil Rights’ Racism: The Dilemma of Negotiating Interracial Solidarity in a Color-Blind Society” received an award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems recognizing a commitment to scholar activism.  This award came with a research grant to fund the project.  For more of Professor Beeman’s publications, click on the links below.