Assistant Professor Donathan Brown has co-authored a book with Syracuse University professor Amardo Rodriguez, titled When Race and Policy Collide: Contemporary Immigration Debates (Praeger, 2014).
The book, examines how immigration policies belie conversations pertaining only to border control and instead include and influence domains like housing ordinances, official language laws, mass deportation, bilingual education and voter identification laws, amongst many other topics.
The focus of this book is public policy as opposed to mere headlines and "talking points," as it is policy and the debates they produce that inform the headlines we read and subsequently incite controversy and great debate. In order to clearly articulate how various political arguments and actions usurp fact with fiction, producing residual messages that equate "diversity" with destroying our social and political order, each chapter of the book addresses both the political and social/cultural dimensions therein.
The book has received strong endorsements across disciplines including:
"As one of the tributaries feeding into the river of critical dialogue on immigration, race, and policy is this masterfully crafted book by Brown and Rodriguez. When Race and Policy Collide extends several of the arguments Charles Ogletree made more than a decade ago about our nation's schizophrenic approach in addressing race and immigration policy. This book provides a refreshing contemporary focus on these topics."—Fred Bonner II, PhD, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Chair in Education, The Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University
"When Race and Policy Collide is both timely and relevant in terms of national discussions on immigration, particularly given the intricacies of understanding U.S. Supreme Court and other court decisions and the implications for federal, state, and local laws and policies. Brown and Rodriguez explore important topics related to education, language usage, housing, and voting rights—critical areas for protecting immigrant and non-immigrant rights alike, especially for Latina/os in the United States."—Stacey K. Sowards, PhD, Chair, Department of Communication, The University of Texas at El Paso
"When Race and Policy Collide is a sweeping view of the current U.S. immigration debate that integrates contemporary work on identity, rhetoric, and public policy. It provides a sophisticated understanding of the current policy stalemates and the surrounding debates. Both well-researched and presented in an engaging way, the book is a must-read for all interested in the politics of immigration policy." Kenneth J. Meier, Distinguished Professor and the Charles H. Gregory Chair in Liberal Arts in the Department of Political Science at Texas A&M University.