The Rural Race and Ethnicity Research and Interest Group

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Rural Race and Ethnicity RIG is to facilitate the creation and dissemination of knowledge about the dynamics, causes, and consequences of racial and ethnic relations in rural areas.  By supporting the formation of collaborative networks among scholars, and between scholars and rural minority communities, the RIG contributes to the development of strategies and policies to reduce racial and ethnic inequalities.

Papers of interest:

Emancipatory Empiricism: The Rural Sociology of W.E.B. Du Bois

by Joseph Jakubek and Spencer D. Wood (Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, January 2018)

In this article, the authors discuss W.E.B. Du Bois' contributions to rural sociology, focusing specifically on his discussions of rural communities and the structure of agriculture.  The authors frame his research agenda as an emancipatory empiricism and discuss the ways his rural research is primarily focused on social justice and the social progress of Black communities in rural spaces.  Du Bois' empirical research, funded by the Department of Labor from 1898 to 1905, provides evidence that Du Bois was among the first American Sociologists to conduct empirical agrarian analyses and case studies of rural communities.

Student Paper Competition

Call for Submissions

Due Date: May 15, 2019

The Rural Race and Ethnicity (RRE) RIG is pleased to announce the call for our graduate student
paper competition. In order to be considered for this competition, papers must:

  1. 1) Be authored by a student or group of students (no faculty co-authors)
  2. 2) Be authored by current RSS members
  3. 3) Focus rural race and ethnicity as a central area of inquiry in rural contexts
  4. 4) Follow Rural Sociology journal guidelines for style, formatting, and references

Papers will be particularly competitive if they 1) demonstrate effective use of sociological theories
of race and ethnicity intersecting with and shaping rural contexts and/or 2) position race and
ethnicity as a central theme of the paper.

Submissions for the Student Paper Competition can be under initial review at a peer-reviewed
journal but cannot be already accepted (in press) or published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Double submission (paper cannot be submitted in any other RIG paper competitions) will
disqualify participation. The winner(s) will receive a certificate of recognition. Author/s must be
able to present the paper at the RSS Annual Meeting in 2019.

The award will be presented during the Rural Race and Ethnicity Business Meeting at the 2019

Submissions for this competition must be sent as an email attachment by May 15, 2019 to RRE
RIG co-chairs: Araceli González ([email protected]) and Kevin Alejandrez
([email protected]).


Chair: Araceli Gonzalez Flores
[email protected]

Co-chair: Kevin Alejandrez
[email protected]

2015 Business Meeting Notes

Rural Race and Ethnicity RIG had a business meeting  August 8, 2015. Minutes from the meeting are found here Summer 2015 Rural Race and Ethnicity RIG notes.