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Antiracist Research & Policy Center

Our Mission

The Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University generates scholarly research, educational tools, and policy analysis geared towards dismantling racism in its many forms. We build multidisciplinary initiatives for fostering racial justice, decolonial politics, and intersectional liberation by forging relationships across AU and with external changemakers in the DC region and beyond.

Our Work

The interim leadership team will continue to aggregate and amplify the work of AU scholars who study race and empire by partnering with external policy and practitioner stakeholders, advocates, and activists.

Incorporating Antiracism Into Research Practices


As part of All-American Family Week, ARPC took part in a webinar about the meaning of antiracism and incorporating antiracist frameworks and methods into research!

View an archive of past ARPC events:

ARPC Events Archive

Our Team

Under the new leadership of Sara Clarke Kaplan, the ARPC will continue to aggregate and amplify the work of AU scholars who study race and empire by partnering with external policy and practitioner stakeholders, advocates, and activists.

Executive Director

Sara Clarke Kaplan

More about S. Kaplan

Interim Managing Director

Christine Platt, JD

More about C. Platt

Media Inquiries

Please contact AU Communications,, 202-885-5950.

Our Future

Read a message from Acting Provost, Peter Starr, on AU's commitment to continuing the important work of the Antiracism Center and our national search for a new executive director.


Join the Antiracist Research & Policy Center

Are you committed to dismantling racism and advancing decolonial politics? Do you have experience in operations and outreach? Then come join us! The Antiracist Research & Policy Center is looking for an Associate Director of Operations & Outreach.

  • One year later, what are the racial and social implications of the January 6th occupation of the US Capitol? Executive Director Sara Clarke Kaplan weighs in.

  • Orisanmi BurtonARPC faculty affiliate Orisanmi Burton has been named as a 2021 Freedom Scholar by the Marguerite Casey Foundation and Public Health Foundation. Freedom Scholar Awards are given to scholars with a demonstrated commitment to supporting social movements, “whose ideas encourage all of us to imagine how we can radically improve our democracy, economy and society.” The two-year award will support Dr. Burton’s ongoing research on the oral and written archives of the Black radical tradition in the context of twentieth-century policing and imprisonment.
  • Sara Clarke Kaplan spoke with NPR affiliate KPBS News (San Diego) on critical race theory. Kaplan’s latest book, The Black Reproductive: Unfree Labor and Insurgent Motherhood (University of Minnesota Press), was published in June.
  • Faculty affiliates Malini Ranganathan and Garrett Graddy-Lovelace are part of the team of researchers recently awarded a five-year, $15 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Titled "Multiscale Resilient, Equitable, and Circular Innovations with Partnership and Education Synergies (RECIPES) for Sustainable Food Systems,” the project will study food waste and work toward sustainability and equity in food systems under the leadership of AU principle investigator Sauleh Siddiqui.
  • Faculty affiliate TaLisa J. Carter has been awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), providing up to $345,000 to support up to three years of research. Titled "A Qualitative Exploration of the Influence of Staff Diversity on MAT Use in Justice Populations,” Dr. Carter’s research will explore how the racial/ethnic diversity of staff impacts the use of medication-assisted treatment and other modes of rehabilitative treatment in jails and treatment centers. The project will also work to identify the necessary resources required by diverse staff in order for them to successfully implement innovative approaches that go beyond punishment.

Learn more about our upcoming events.

Sara Clarke Kaplan

Sara Clarke Kaplan’s Vision for AU’s Antiracism Center


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Asian American Solidarities in “Post-” Pandemic World. A special panel for the Journal of Asian American Studies

Asian American Solidarities in “Post-” Pandemic World

APRC kicks off semester with free panel conversation on September 9

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Support ARPC

Thank you for supporting the work of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center! Your donation will support our mission to seek the enactment of antiracist policies at the local, state, and national levels.

Day of Service in Rendville, Ohio, with the Rendville Historic Preservation Society and the Southeast Ohio History Center. Mia Owens works with a Rendville resident to digitize documents and photographs. Credit: Ohio History Service Corps.

Mia Owens Is New Fellow to Study History of Slavery in Washington, DC

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Antiracist Research and Policy Center

AU’s Antiracism Center Finalizes Team of 48 Faculty Affiliates

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AU’s Antiracism Center Hosts “Nourishing Black Futures” Event

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