Tiffany Willoughby-Herard, an assistant professor of African American studies at the University of California at Irvine, will be at Bull’s Head Bookshop on Tuesday, April 12 at 3:30 p.m. to share from her new book Waste of a White Skin: The Carnegie Corporation and the Racial Logic of White Vulnerability. This event is sponsored by the Sonja Haynes Stone Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
A pathbreaking history of the development of scientific racism, white nationalism and segregationist philanthropy in the U.S. and South Africa in the early twentieth century, Waste of a White Skin focuses on the American Carnegie Corporation’s study of race in South Africa, the Poor White Study, and its influence on the creation of apartheid. This book demonstrates the ways in which U.S. elites supported apartheid and Afrikaner nationalism in the critical period prior to 1948 through philanthropic interventions and shaping scholarly knowledge production. Rather than comparing racial democracies and their engagement with scientific racism, Willoughby-Herard outlines the ways in which a racial regime of global whiteness constitutes domestic racial policies and, in part, animates black consciousness in seemingly disparate and discontinuous racial democracies.
Willoughby-Herard was awarded the UC Irvine’s Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Fostering Undergraduate Research in 2011 and the Lucius Barker Best Paper Award in Racial and Ethnic Politics in 2009. She likewise has been published in numerous journals such as the Journal of Contemporary Thought, African Identities, South African Review of Sociology and more.
Bull’s Head Bookshop is located in the Student Stores on the campus of UNC. All events at Bull’s Head are free and open to the public. Call 919.962.5060 for more details.