Current Projects

Keep up the latest CRRES projects

Read about research currently being conducted through the Center.

Race, Ethnicity, and the Midwest through Objects: A History Harvest

Race and ethnicity inflect much of our political and social discourse, affecting daily interactions at workplaces, universities and other institutions. Yet there is often a major disconnect between scholars who conduct research and teach courses on race and ethnicity for a living, and wider public understandings of these subjects. What can be done to bring scholars of race and ethnicity into communication with these wider publics productively? And how can such work be done ethically and responsibly to include marginalized communities while at the same time providing resources for communities that need them for educational or outreach purposes? How can scholars convince more people to think about the complexities of race and ethnicity as a way of also helping more people develop vocabularies and concepts they can use in their everyday lives?

It is easy to ask these questions, but much more difficult to identify and implement the methods and tools to address them in the sensitive and ethical ways they demand. As a first step, CRRES will host its first History Harvest beginning in the 2019-2020 academic year. This project aims to engage IU and the Bloomington community on themes and questions related to race, ethnicity, identity, and belonging in Indiana.

The History Harvest is "an open, digital archive of historical artifacts gathered from communities across the United States." The History Harvest encourages university students and faculty to partner with local communities to "collect, preserve, and share" the histories that matter most to them. These methodologies help to break down perceived barriers between scholarly researchers and community members to allow for the construction of digital historical archives that are meaningful to, and usable by, communities involved in the project. At the same time, the items collected and preserved in the History Harvest become an archive for researchers to use in myriad ways.

Race, Ethnicity, and Migration in the Midwest: A Data Visualization of Migration Flows

CRRES is currently developing a data visualization project, which will draw upon historical and contemporary census data to showcase the patterns of migration to and from the state of Indiana and the broader Midwest. This project will not only highlight the ethnic and racial diversity of Indiana in its past and present, but it will also bring attention to the 2020 Census and how immigrant and minority communities tend to be undercounted, which has broader implications for representation and access to public services and aid.

Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society
Schuessler Institute for Social Research
1022 E. 3rd St., Room 209,
Bloomington, IN 47405
812-855-8016
Office Hours: Monday - Friday: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm