RaceB4Race Second Book Institute

While some supports exist for early career scholars, far fewer support structures are available for midcareer scholars, and almost none exist to support the work of midcareer scholars of premodern critical race studies. There is a glaring need to support midcareer premodern critical race scholars through the process of publishing their second book, a critical juncture in an academic career. Premodern critical race studies remains under-acknowledged and underrepresented in scholarly publishing. In order to ensure that this vital scholarship is made available, the RaceB4Race Second Book Institute will provide midcareer scholars with the opportunity to focus on their second monograph project with a group of invested scholars and an expert institute leader. 

Participants will meet twice monthly to discuss and workshop their writing, and will participate in professional development opportunities organized by their institute leader.  

The RaceB4Race First and Second Book Institutes are part of the fully virtual RaceB4Race Mentoring Network, a Mellon-funded initiative based at Rutgers University-Newark and directed by Professor Patricia Akhimie.  

2022 Second Book Institute

This year’s Second Book Institute leader is Frances E. Dolan. 

Frances E. Dolan is Distinguished Professor of English at the University of California, Davis and an award-winning teacher and mentor. She is the author of six books, most recently Digging the Past: How and Why to Imagine Seventeenth-Century Agriculture (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020). She has decades of experience as a reader for journals and presses and as an outside reviewer for tenure and promotion cases. 


  • The Second Book Institute runs from February through June each year. 
  • All participation in the Second Book Institute will be virtual via Zoom. 
  • Scholars working in premodern critical race studies who hold a PhD, have previously published a book, and are in the process of writing their second book are invited to apply, regardless of what stage in the process they are in. 

How to apply

We are currently not accepting applications for the RaceB4Race First Book Institute. If you'd like to stay updated about when applications will open for the 2023 Book Institutes, please join our mailing list

  • Please use the application platform to submit a description of your book project of 500 words or less, a sample chapter, and a brief letter describing the progress you have made on the project to date. 
  • Please feel free to contact raceb4race@asu.edu with any questions.