Veronica Watson’s co-edited collection, Unveiling Whiteness in the 21st Century: Global Manifestations, Transdisciplinary Interventions, was released in January 2015 by Rowman & Littlefield. It brings together seasoned and emerging scholars from seven countries and 10 disciplinary areas to intervene in the ideologies of whiteness in our contemporary moment.
Composed after the election of the first black U.S. president, post-global financial crisis, more than a decade after 9/11, and concomitant with a rash of xenophobic incidents across the globe, the book distills several key themes associated with a post-millennial global whiteness: the individual and collective emotions of whiteness, the recentering of whiteness through governing and legal strategies, and the retreats from social equity and justice that have characterized the late 20th and 21st century nation state. It also attempts the difficult work of reimagining white identities and cultures for a new era.
Watson is a professor of English. She is author of The Souls of White Folk: African American Writers Theorize Whiteness, and her essays have been published in Mississippi Quarterly and the Journal of Ethnic American Literature, among others. She is also director of the Frederick Douglass Institute for Intercultural Research at IUP, the convener of the Frederick Douglass Institute Collaborative of Pennsylvanias State System of Higher Education, and on the board of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.
Department of English