Crystal M. Fleming

 Crystal Fleming is a cultural sociologist.  She earned a bachelors degree (magna cum laude) in Sociology and French from Wellesley
College (’04) and completed an A.M. (’07) and Ph.D. (’11) in Sociology at Harvard University.

Between 2007 and 2010, she was a visitin fellow at the Institut d’études politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris. Her
dissertation on the commemoration of slavery in France (Harvard ’11) was the 2012 recipient of the Georges-Lavau Award for the Best
Dissertation on Contemporary French Politics awarded by the American Political Science Association.

Fleming joined the faculty of the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 2011 as an Assistant Professor of Sociology in 2011 and holds a courtesy
appointment in Africana Studies. From 2011-2013, she was the faculty adviser to Stony Brook’s Black Women’s Association.

With the support of a fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, Fleming is currently completing her first book “TransAtlantic
Memories: Resurrecting Colonial Slavery in Contemporary France”.

The study draws upon a large-scale qualitative dataset to assess how a variety of stakeholders — French politicians, ethnic activists and
ordinary people — frame the legacies of the transatlantic slave trade.  Using over 100 in-depth interviews she conducted in Paris,
over 200 political speeches and ethnographic observation at commemorative events, this work unveils how social actors produce knowledge about the past and present racial oppression in an officially “color-blind” society.

From 2012-2014 she was the faculty adviser to Stony Brook’s Black Women’s Association

 

**Recent Publications**

Responses to Discrimination and Social Resilience Under Neoliberalism:
The United States Compared.” (with Michèle Lamont and Jessica S.
Welburn) in Social Resilience in the Neo-Liberal Age, Edited by Peter
A. Hall and Michèle Lamont. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

*French translation: “Les africains-américains face aux
discriminations à l’époque néo-libérale”, Informations Sociales,
n°177, mai-juin 2013, n° spécial, “Le volontarisme aux Etats-Unis : un
lien social à l’épreuve”.