Focusing the critical race psychology lens: CRT and the psychological study of social issues

Phia S. Salter, Roxanne Moadel-Attie, Andrea L. Miller, Alaina Brenick, Courtney M. Bonam

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The years since George Floyd's murder in 2020 have been characterized by both a renewed attention to systemic racism and a backlash intended to silence conversations about race. Critical Race Theory (CRT), in particular, has become a larger part of the public discourse around race than ever before. Although CRT developed in the 1980s as a critical approach in legal studies and was incorporated into social psychology in the 1990s, psychology's engagement with CRT has been much more limited than that of other fields. In two installments, this special issue aims to (re)introduce psychological researchers to Critical Race Theory (CRT), to underscore CRT's importance and limitations in the context of psychological research, to feature novel applications and new directions in CRT, and to address the current political climate of opposition to discussions of CRT. The first installment looks inward to examine how psychology can more effectively advance racial equity within the field and the research we conduct by continuing to incorporate a CRT lens throughout higher education and research. The second installment looks outward to highlight psychological research that uses CRT frameworks to advance racial justice in society.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-17
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Social Issues
Issue number1
StateAccepted/In press - 2024

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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