Virtual By the Book Author Series | Class, Culture, and Consciousness in Black America


March 03rd, 2022


6:00pm – 7:00pm


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Northeast Ohio native Dr. Cassi Pittman Claytor’s talk on Black Privilege will enrich program participants’ “understanding of the Black middle class [by] drawing on the firsthand accounts of Black New Yorkers to offer original analysis as to what middle-class status buys Blacks who have cultural capital, credentials, and cash on hand.”

About the Presenter

Cassi Pittman Claytor

Dr. Cassi Pittman Claytor, author of Black Privilege: Modern Middle-Class Blacks with Credentials and Cash to Spend (Stanford University Press) is the Climo Junior Professor of Sociology at Case Western Reserve University and the Acting Co-Director of the African and African American Studies Minor. Her research focuses on how racial minorities, particularly Blacks, manage contemporary forms of racism with the goal of uncovering how contemporary processes of social exclusion and inequality function to disadvantage racial minorities.

 Pittman Claytor is a nationally recognized scholar on the unfortunate, yet all too common phenomena of “Shopping While Black.” She has investigated African Americans’ experiences in the consumer market, as well as the mortgage market. In recognition of her work, Pittman Claytor was just named as one of 100 People Transforming Business by Business Insider. Claytor received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and her Ph.D. from Harvard University.


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