W. Carson Byrd serves as Senior Fellow-in-Residence in the National Center for Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan. He was previously an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Louisville, and is the current Book Review Editor for the American Sociological Association’s magazine Contexts. He was selected as a member of the 2021 cohort of William T. Grant Advanced Quantitative and Computational Scholars for the Institute in Critical Quantitative, Computational, and Mixed Methodologies.

Dr. Byrd is the author of Behind the Diversity Numbers: Achieving Racial Equity on Campus, Poison in the Ivy: Race Relations and the Reproduction of Inequality on Elite College Campuses, and co-editor of Intersectionality and Higher Education: Identity and Inequality on College Campuses. His work appears in the ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Du Bois Review, Equity & Excellence in Education, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, and Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, among others. He also contributes public essays mostly on higher education and racial inequalities in popular forums such as the Washington Post, Inside Higher Ed, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and others.

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