I am interested in pushing race scholarship past the point of simply mapping racial inequality onto a set of taken-for-granted racial categories and asks the question "what is race." With that in mind, my research explores themes related to the origins of racialization and racialized social outcomes, the slipperiness of racial categories, and how physical appearance maps on to and intersects with race. Specifically, I use historical Census data and survey data to explore the origins of racial inequality and colorism and draw empirical connections between those historical origins and contemporary forms of racialized inequality. I also explore the processes underlying colorism and how physical characteristics, such as body size, produce racialized outcomes to better understand how race works. And I examine racial categorization and why people choose to identify the way that they do and/or change their identification.
Reece, Robert L. 2019. “Coloring Racial Fluidity: How Skin Tone Shapes Multiracial Adolescents’ Racial Identity Changes.” Race and Social Problems.
Reece, Robert L. 2019. “Whitewashing Slavery: Legacy of Slavery and White Social Outcomes” Social Problems
Reece, Robert L. 2018. "Color Crit: Critical Race Theory and the History and Future of Colorism in the US." Journal of Black Studies
Reece, Robert L. 2018. “Coloring Weight Stigma: On Race, Colorism, Weight Stigma, and the Failure of Additive Intersectionality." Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
Reece, Robert L. 2018. “Genesis of U.S. Colorism and Skin Tone Stratification: Slavery, Freedom, and Mulatto-Black Occupational Inequality in the Late 19th Century.” Review of Black Political Economy
O'Connell, Heather A. and Robert L. Reece. 2018. "Quantitative Studies of Place and Spatial Regression Analysis: A Study of the Legacy of Slavery in the U.S. South." Sage Research Methods Cases.
Reece, Robert L. and Maggie Hardy. 2017. "Moving Beyond Metrics: A Primer for Hiring and Promoting a Diverse Workforce in Entomology and Other Natural Sciences." Annals of the Entomological Society of America.
Reece, Robert L. and Aisha A. Upton. 2017. "How Skin Tone Shapes Civic Engagement Among Black Americans." Pp. 157-177 in Color Struck: How Race and Complexion Matter in the "Color-Blind" Era edited by L. L. Martin, H. D. Horton, C. Herring, V. M. Keith, and M. Thomas.
Reece, Robert L. 2016. “What Are You Mixed With?: An Analysis of Perceived Attractiveness, Skin Tone, and Mixed Raciality.” The Review of Black Political Economy
Reece, Robert L. and Heather A. O’Connell. 2016. “How the Legacy of Slavery and Racial Composition Shape Public School Enrollment in the American South.” Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
Reece, Robert L. 2015 “The Plight of the Black Belle Knox: Race, College, Web Cam Models, and the Internet.” Porn Studies
Reece, Robert. 2014. “Blacking Up Critical Whiteness: Dave Chappelle as a Race Theorist.” Pp. 69-90 in (Re)positioning Race: Prophetic Research in a Post-Racial Obama Era edited by S. Barnes, Z. Robinson, and E. Wright III. New York: SUNY Press.
Reece, Robert. 2014. “Sex as Subversion: The Ethnosexual Protestor and the Ethnosexual Defender” Pp. 105-116 in Routledge International Handbook of Race Class and Gender edited by S. Jackson. New York: Routledge.