Dr. Robin DiAngelo is the author of White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism which has remained on the New York Times bestseller list for over 40 weeks. Dr. DiAngelo coined the term ‘white fragility’ to describe the emotionality (defensiveness, aggression, anger, fear) triggered in white people when confronted with racial stress. White Fragility explains this dynamic in powerful and accessible language, and shows a path towards racial justice. With her book, “DiAngelo joins the front ranks of white anti-racist thinkers with a stirring call to conscience, and most important, consciousness, in her white brothers. White fragility is a truly generative idea… an idea whose time has come.” (Michael Eric Dyson). A charismatic and compelling speaker, she has spoken extensively nationwide to a wide range of audiences, from corporate and academic to non-profits, who want to gain a clearer understanding of white fragility and find solutions for moving toward racial equity.
An Affiliate Associate Professor of Education at the University of Washington, her area of research is in Whiteness Studies and Critical Discourse Analysis. She is a two-time winner of the Student’s Choice Award for Educator of the Year at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work. Her book Is Everybody Really Equal?: An Introduction to Key Concepts in Critical Social Justice Education, (co-written with Özlem Sensoy) received both the American Educational Studies Association Critics Choice Book Award (2012) and the Society of Professors of Education Book Award (2018). In addition to her academic work, Dr. DiAngelo has been a consultant and trainer for over 20 years on issues of racial and social justice.