March 3, 2005
Douglas Massey, Princeton University
Response: Richard Arum, New York University

The Effects of Affirmative Action in Higher Education
The effects of affirmative action on student performance in selective colleges and universities

Douglas Massey is professor of sociology and public and international affairs at Princeton University. He is the author of The Source of the River: The Social Origins of Freshmen at America’s Selective Colleges and Universities (Princeton, 2003), a study of the diverse pathways through which whites, African Americans, Latinos, and Asians enter the nation’s elite schools. Past president of the American Sociological Association, he is an expert on racial segregation, international migration, and urban poverty. His other books include Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Mexican Immigration in an Age of Economic Integration (Russell Sage, 2003) and American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass (Harvard, 1993).

Richard Arum is professor of sociology at New York University. He is the author of Judging School Discipline: The Crisis of Moral Authority (Harvard, 2003) and the editor of The Structure of Schooling: Readings in the Sociology of Education (Mayfield, 2000). His primary areas of interest are the sociology of education, social stratification, and the sociology of organizations.