We could never get close to a complete list of resources that influence and shape our understanding of social justice work.  However, we put together some of our favorite, some of our biggest influences, and some…are just the ones we can remember.

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Books That Moved Us Forward

This is an ever-evolving list of the books that helped us move forward in our social justice journeys. We’ve somewhat separated them into books that helped us in our specific social justice knowledge vs. books that have shaped our life perspectives (and therefore our social justice work).

Social Justice / Identity-Specific Books

Maurianne Adams, Lee Anne Bell, & Pat Griffin – Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice

Jessica BenjaminBonds of Love

Leo Bersani – Homos

Judith Butler – Gender Trouble

Anne Fausto-Sterling – Sexing the Body

Michael Foucault – History of Sexuality

Paulo Freire – Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Diane J. Goodman – Promoting Diversity and Social Justice: Educating People from Privileged

bell hooks – Teaching to Transgress

Gary R. Howard – We Can’t Teach What We Don’t Know: White Teachers, Multiracial Schools

Allan Johnson – Privilege, Power, and Difference

Paul Kivel – Uprooting Racism

Lisa M. Landreman – Art of Facilitation

Cherríe Moraga & Gloria E. Anzaldúa – This Bridge Called my Back

John A. Mueller & Raechele L. Pope – Multicultural Competence in Student Affairs

Beverly Daniel Tatum – Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria

Deborah Tannen – Gender and Discourse

Kenji Yoshino – Covering  

Yvonne Zylan – States of Our Passions

Life-Perspective Books

David Bohm – On Dialogue

Brene Brown – Daring Greatly 

Brene Brown – Rising Strong

Charles Eisenstein – Sacred Economics, The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible

Eckhart Tolle – A New World