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Vilna Bashi Treitler

Black Studies
University of California, Santa Barbara
Chair, Department of Black Studies

Vilna Bashi Treitler is Professor and Chair of Black Studies. Her scholarship theorizes about the dynamics of hierarchical socioeconomic structures, and she has earned distinctions for expertise in qualitative methods. Her books include The Ethnic Project: Transforming Racial Fictions into Ethnic Factions (Stanford, 2013), Survival of the Knitted: Immigrant Social Networks in a Stratified World (Stanford, 2007), and Race in Transnational and Transracial Adoption (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). In 2016 she edited (with Manuela Boatca of University of Freiburg) a monograph issue of the journal Current Sociology entitled Dynamics of Inequalities in Global Perspective. In January 2017 she was named “Sociologist of the Month” by Current Sociology (the journal of the International Sociological Association). Treitler is also a visual artist, who works in oil on canvas and Masonite; and in pigment painted and fired on glass.

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