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Marcia Dawkins in "New Americans" Documentary by Eli Steele

Dr. Dawkins makes her film debut by discussing racial passing, the Census, multiracial identities and technology in Eli Steele's exciting documentary about the mixed experience, New Americans: Rise of the Multiracials.

Marcia Dawkins #BEA12 Interview Re Clearly Invisible

Dr. Dawkins gives Book Expo America a sneak peek of her new book Clearly Invisible: Racial Passing and the Color of Cultural Identity.

Meet Digital Sisterhood Leader Marcia Alesan Dawkins

Meet Digital Sisterhood Leader Marcia Alesan Dawkins, Ph.D., a citizen of the world with something to say! In the world of academia, Marcia is a visiting scholar at Brown University. When she leaves academia, she shares her gifts and opinions as an author, blogger, columnist, and speaker.

A Brief History of Hacking

Dr. Dawkins gives Belmont University a sneak peek of her latest research on the rhetoric of hacking, hacktivism, and hip-hop at the 2012 Social Science Symposium.

New Laureate Is More than the Sum of Her Parts

...full text also found on The Huffington Post and The Root

Recently released reports by the Pew Center and the US Census Bureau indicate that intermarriage across racial and ethnic lines and an increasing non-white demographic continue to be on the rise in the U.S. Given this month’s focus on Loving Day and its impact on multiracial ancestries we can certainly take this news as cause for celebration and a reason to continue the fight for marriage equality everywhere. And, as I argue in my book Clearly Invisible: Racial Passing and the Color of Cultural Identity, we should remember that an accurate historical account of interracial sex and marriage in the U.S. should focus as much on what is now revealed as it does on what has always been concealed.

The Root: On the Future of the 'Tan Generation'

A Browner America: Marcia Alesan Dawkins says an increase in nonwhite births doesn't automatically mean more social justice. Dr. Dawkins talked to The Root about the significance of America's becoming a browner nation for a series of interviews focused on whether, and why, we should pay attention to these demographic changes. She talks about her new book Clearly Invisible and her extensive writing on racial identity as expressions of her interest in "how people figure out who they are and how they connect with others," and has warned against rushing to assume that demographic changes will do away with America's troubled racial past.

Clutch Magazine: Despite the Browning of America, Things May Still Be Unequal

Clutch Magazine covers Dr. Dawkins's interview with Washington Post's The Root on the growing “tan generation” and what it means for America.

Is the Tanning of America Only Skin Deep?

...full text also found on The Huffington Post

It’s official: The United States is “tan.”

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s first population estimate by age, race, ethnicity, and sex since the 2010 Census, “50.4 percent of our nation's population younger than age 1 were minorities as of July 1, 2011. This is up from 49.5 percent from the 2010 Census taken April 1, 2010. The population younger than age 5 was 49.7 percent minority in 2011, up from 49.0 percent in 2010.”

Marcia Dawkins is Clearly Invisible... Are You?

Dr. Dawkins explains how NYU's Washington Square Park inspired her with the idea for looking at passing in her new book Clearly Invisible: Racial Passing and the Color of Cultural Identity.

The Media Maven Asks Dr. Dawkins, "Are You Passing?"

Dr. Dawkins kicks it with Nashville's Media Maven @DrSyb about Clearly Invisible and answers the controversial question,"Are you passing?"