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Race in America, Race theory, Racial innumeracy , How ethnic history shapes perceptions of privilege, Sociological functions of colorblind political narratives

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Charles “Chip” Gallagher, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair of the Departments of Sociology and Criminal Justice


Chip Gallagher’s research focuses on racial and social inequality and the ways in which the media, the state, and popular culture constructs, shapes and disseminates ideas of race. He has published articles on the sociological functions of colorblind political narratives, how racial categories expand and contract within the context of interracial marriages, race theory, racial innumeracy, and how one’s ethnic history shapes perceptions of privilege.

Gallagher was a Fulbright US-UK Research Scholar at the University of Birmingham in England from 2016-2017.

As an internationally-recognized expert on race relations, immigration, and social injustice, Gallagher is frequently called upon as a media source for commentary and analysis on these issues. He has appeared on NPR, BBC News, CNN, KYW Newsradio, FOX 29, CBS 3, quoted in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, Christian Science Monitor, and more.


  • Ph.D., Temple University
  • M.A., Temple University
  • B.S., Drexel University


Current Book Project Book Title: Colorblind Nation: The Disappearance of Race and The Ride of Racial Inequality. The book examines how colorblindness gets used in various social settings and institutions, how these colorblind frames serve specific ideological, political, and economic purposes, and how these self-reinforcing narratives of colorblindness maintain and reproduce racial inequality. Advance book contract with Routledge.

Race and Racism in the United States: An Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic: Four Volume Set edited by Charles A. Gallagher and Cameron Lippard, Greenwood Press, 1464 pages, 2014.

Rethinking the Color Line: Readings in Race and Ethnicity, Charles A. Gallagher, Editor, McGraw-Hill Publishers, Fifth Edition, 2012, 480 pages; Fourth Edition, 2009; Third Edition, 2007; Second Edition, 2004; First Edition, 1999, Mayfield Publishers.

Being Brown in Dixie: Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration in the New South, Cameron Lippard and Charles Gallagher, editors, Lynn Reiner Publishers, 2011, 389 pages.

New Directions in Race Research edited by Charles A. Gallagher, Social Forces Press, 2008, 350 pages.

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FOX29, Good Day Philadelphia: Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 50 Years Later

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