Leith Mullings is an educator, writer and activist. She has taught courses about collaborative, engaged and activist research at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where she is a Distinguished Professor Emerita of Anthropology. As president of the American Anthropological Association between 2011 and 2013, she encouraged the Association to address issues of social justice.
For several decades, she has been active in a range of initiatives to promote economic, racial and gender justice nationally and internationally. She was a founding member of the National Anti-Imperialist Conference in Solidarity with African Liberation (NAIMSAL), Women for Racial and Economic Equality (WREE), a co-convener of the Black Radical Congress in 1998, a founding member of the Ida B. Wells-WEB Du Bois Network and continues to work with various social justice organizations.
Among other subjects, she has written about race, class and gender, women’s health in Harlem, gentrification, the prison-industrial complex, the New York City African Burial Ground, as well as the black freedom movement in the U.S. and throughout the world. She is currently engaged in a seven-country hemispheric study of new forms of racism against indigenous and African descended people and social movements to confront them and is a member of the Network of Anti-Racist Research and Action (RAIAR). For additional information, please see LeithMullings.com.