Faculty Profile

Tyrone Forman

Tyrone Forman, co-leader of Emory's Race and Difference Initiative and Associate Professor of Sociology, has been awarded the prestigious 2010-11 Alphonse Fletcher, Sr., Fellowship. He joins an august group of scholars, writers and artists selected for their research and writing which advances the goals of Brown v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court’s landmark decision that desegregated U.S. schools. Read more



Faculty Hiring

RDI is conducting an open-rank national search for a scholar with expertise in race and science. For more information click here.



Seed Grants

RDI is offering grants for research exploring the intersection of race and difference.




Race and Difference Initiative


The Race and Difference Initiative (RDI) is an institution-wide effort to transform Emory into a destination university, internationally recognized for research, teaching, and public dialogue on race and other intersecting dimensions of human difference. RDI represents a strategic investment by Emory University to understand and address the complexity of the human condition and human experience in a pluralistic, democratic society. Specifically, RDI seeks to advance the understanding of these forms of human difference (race, class, gender, religion, and sexuality) and to generate new knowledge about them, in particular the way they intersect in our complex and rapidly diversifying society. RDI works to achieve this goal by connecting a network of scholars and students within and beyond the university in an interdisciplinary dialogue. RDI draws upon Emory’s scholarly strengths in interdisciplinary inquiry, the strong relationships between its various schools and colleges, and the university’s distinctive place in Atlanta (a key site of the historic civil rights movement). These strengths uniquely equip Emory with the capacity to create the conditions for faculty and students to imagine and explore alternative frameworks as well as to set new and daring intellectual agendas in the sciences and humanities. We are especially interested in how social differences intersect at the level of individual identities, and also how systems of social distinction shape modes of knowing, processes of inclusion and exclusion, acts of representation, and organizational practices. Our view is that by encouraging and supporting rigorous, innovative, and courageous inquiry about race and difference within Emory’s schools and colleges, we can make vital advances in knowledge that not only change the way we understand the world but also our engagement with it.