Praise for Mixed Race Studies

  • “First of all, I just want to say how brilliant is. It offers such a great wealth of scholarly work, which has been incredibly helpful for someone like me who has just started out delving into the area.” (2018-08-20), M.A. Student, London, United Kingdom
  • “I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your website. It has been a useful resource and I’ve appreciated the regular updates. I’m still going through many interesting articles! Thank you for your labour of love, and I hope to be able to contribute to your website some time in the near future.” (2018-01-06), Ph.D. Candidate, London, United Kingdom
  • “I am a big fan of your website/blog. It’s really informative!” (2015-11-10) Associate Professor, Barcelona, Spain.
  • I just accepted an invitation to be participatant on the [conference] programming committee… …it was the information about my work provided on your website that gave her the idea to reach out to me. Again, thanks for getting the word out about my work.  (2015-09-10). Professor.
  • All this kind attention you’re paying to my silly little book on your site warms my heart.  (2015-09-03). Professor and Novelist, Kentucky, U.S.A.
  • I greatly appreciate your website:… …Keep up all your fantastic work with the website. (2014-10-04). Professor, Sweden.
  • And congratulations on your 5-year anniversary! That’s remarkable, and proof of how valuable and important your website continues to be. I’ve seen no others like it. (2014-05-25). Administrator/Author, Neumann University.
  • Your website has been incredibly useful… (2014-05-14). Third-year Film and TV student, University of York .
  • Just discovered your site today — great stuff. keep it up. (2014-01-06). Washington, D.C.
  • Just a note of thanks, and keep up the good work on the site. I’m doing a Master of Arts on mixed race in Fiji—and find your site as really good resource. (2013-12-17). Masters student.
  • I’m writing to first thank you for It has been an incredible resource for me during my literature review process. (2013-11-18). Ph.D. student, Berkeley, California.
  • A few months back you posted a link to a Library of Virginia blog that related the story of Jane Webb, a mixed-race woman from Virginia who fought colonial authorities for her family’s freedom.  Just wanted to thank you for sharing this with your readers as she was one of my ancestors.  I knew the story but had never seen the some of the original court documents backing it up.  I was so pleasantly surprised.  Best of the luck with your site. Keep up the good work! (2013-10-09).
  • I use your excellent database every day! (2013-09-02) Reader, University of Kent.
  • Greetings! I’m an admirer of your (heroic) efforts with Mixed Race Studies. Such a comprehensive database of information, perspectives, and resources! (2013-05-23) Author, Philadelphia.
  • [I] am an avid user of your Mixed Race studies website, which is such an amazing resource. It has been such a huge source of inspiration for me with my thesis (2013-05-22) Masters Student, University of Leicester.
  • First of all I want to extend a massive thank-you for the Mixed Race Studies website. I am currently completing my doctoral thesis on what influences identification as ‘mixed-race’ amongst subjects of African and European ancestry, and your site is just the most incredible resource! I have discovered so much on there, it is probably the singularly most valuable tool in my work. (2013-03-04) Ph.D. Student, Goldsmiths College of London.
  • I’ve appreciated many of the things I’ve read on your site and the work that you’ve put into it. (2012-10-15) Ph.D. Student, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
  • Thanks for all your incredible work in bringing information and knowledge to the public. It’s truly amazing the contribution you are making. (2012-09-29) Professor, Stanford University.
  • …I am a prospective  American History Ph.D. candidate. I stumbled upon your site while looking for scholarly texts and articles on the topic of mixed race studies/passing/Quadroon Balls/“Fancy” Maids etc,. Additionally, I utilized your site to locate potential advisors with whom I share like interests. All in all, the information you’ve provided is not only extensive, but well organized. (2012-09-17).
  • @mixed_race [] yes the site and become my ‘bible’. It’s an integral part of my research. Blogger (2012-07-27).
  • Thank you for all your hard work on the website, which is a wonderful resource for everyone! (2012-06-25) Professor, University of Southern California.
  • Your has been central to my classes, by the way. Do not ever stop!!! (2012-03-16) Professor, Stanford University.
  • …Well, I wanted to thank you for all the work you’ve been doing. As I’m embarking on my own dissertation work, your website has been such an amazing resource (and time saver!). So thank you for all that you’ve been doing! (2012-01-30) Chair of a College Association.
  • I am a huge fan of your work around mixed race issues, including your website. I’m so grateful for the exposure my work gets on It’s not often our work is appreciated in our own disciplines. Just a note letting you know how much your work is appreciated in our community. [Hand-written note] (2012-01-20) Professor, Arizona State University.
  • …your research skills and ability to put all this together deserves an award. It is quite brilliant what you do. (2011-10-23) Professor, Lehman College, CUNY.
  • For anyone who is interested in reading more scholarly works on critical race and critical multiracial theory, please check out my friend Steven F. Riley’s website, which is a gold mine of information, and was a really big help to me in getting my dissertation completed. (2011-10-09) Clinical Psychologist.
  • Also, I just added a link in my blogs section to Steven F. Riley’s Mixed Race Studies blog. I have yet to fully explore it but it looks like a great resource. (2011-06-29) Blogger.
  • Your site is the the only blog I read. (2011-06-11) Professor of History, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • I wanted to commend you on your site. I’ve just found it and seen the wealth of information! (2011-05-29) Professor, Georgetown University.
  • Your site is terrific! I wish I had known about it when I was writing my piece. (2011-03-30) Professor, Johns Hopkins University.
  • The mixed-race studies website is simply wonderful! It is a great aid to the correction of (a) bad social practices associated with racial differentiation, and (b) mistaken biological and social science. (2011-03-30) Professor Emeritus, University of Bristol.
  • Thanks for sharing your work… it’s very impressive man… well done. (2011-03-18) Professor, Miami University.
  • Dear Mr. Riley, It took me seven years to find my great great grandmother, F. T.. In that initial bit of euphoria, I failed to notice the little “m” [“mulatto”] beside her name. It never occurred to me that in addition to my German Irish roots, I might also be the product of a mixed race ancestral line. It. Never. Occurred. To. Me.Once I got over the initial shock, (because It. Never. Occurred. To. Me.) I began to do research – a lot of research. I’m still researching.What I love about your website is that:
    1. It’s searchable.
    2. You employ great tags.
    3. It exists!

    I know your aim was for a scholarly audience, but for me, someone interested in augmenting my family history, it has turned into a valuable resource.

    I just wanted to say thank you.

    T.S. (2011-02-13) Blogger.

  • I also appreciate you promoting my research on your website, which I am a fan of, and have recommended it to my family, friends and colleagues. (2010-12-24) Professor, University of Arizona.
  • And thanks again for your ongoing work maintaining It’s a vital resource. (2010-12-20) Professor, University of California, Irvine.
  • Thanks again, for your great website (I shared the link with my “Women of Color in Academia” class). (2010-10-15) Graduate Student, Seattle, Washington.
  • Hi Steven, I absolutely love your blog, it’s actually a lifeline for me personally and professionally. I’m mixed white and Arab and the first American in my family. I work in public health on health disparities that affect communities of color, as well as write about issues of mixed identity and being a first generation American. (2010-10-06)
  • I’ve been reading your website, Mixed Race Studies, and have been making a list of books to read that have been featured on your site. Thank you for providing this resource. (2010-10-06) Poet, United Kingdom.
  • I am a grad student doing research on mixed race identity, and I just want you to know that I am a fan of your site Mixed Race Studies. (2010-10-01) Graduate Student, University of Californa, Santa Barbara
  • I’ve been following your blog all year and think what you’ve done is truly amazing and a significant contribution to mixed race studies and the multiracial community at large. So, thanks! (2010-09-29) Blogger.
  • Your site is an awesome resource… (2010-09-03) Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
  • I recently became aware of your website through an announcement made by [a University of Vermont professor] to a listserv I’m on. I think it’s great and very helpful for my own personal and scholarly interests. I’m a self-identified mixed race PhD student at UCLA, hoping to study mixed race issues in higher education… Thanks for your consideration and keep up the great work! (2010-08-28) Graduate Student.
  • I came across your website today, and I was very impressed – I am doing a PhD at the National University of Singapore looking at issues of mixed race in Singapore and New Zealand, and your website is a great resource. (2010-08-19) Graduate Student.
  • I also wanted to tell you I think that your website is fabulous. I want to commend you for taking the time to provide such a thoughtful, sophisticated resource for all of us who care about critical mixed race studies. I will pass it on to my students and have already enthusiastically shared this resource with other professors in the field. Thanks for your fantastic work! (2010-08-10) Professor, University of Toronto
  • Thank you for this… and for having a site dedicated to the scholarly engagements with this important topic (so rare!) (2010-07-06) Professor, Stanford University
  • …I don’t know if you know this… but Steve Riley here has one of the most outstanding, sophisticated websites on the internet. If you want a resource on anything that’s new or that has ever been on this topic… …It’s a wonderful resource. I can’t say enough good things about it. (2010-06-13) guest panelist at the Mixed Roots Film and Literary Festival and Professor, University of California at Santa Barbara
  • I stumbled upon this site a couple weeks ago and found it to be somewhat helpful, Steven Riley collects scholarly works about the interracial identity. There is a variety of information, and he developed the site aiming to reach out to non-scholarly people but it has become an excellent resource for any person looking to find resources about various aspects of the interracial identity. I have only gone through a few pages, and random articles google suggested on his site. It’s really great… (2010-04-24), Blogger.
  • I appreciate your mission and the collection of resources your blog provides. I will pass along the URL to my colleagues and students. (2010-04-17) Professor, Temple University
  • I’ve been exploring your website and in the process have obtained great satisfaction. It’s always a treat to learn new facts, acquire more knowledge of subjects dear to one’s heart… Again, thanks so very much for your GREAT website, Steven. You are to be greatly commended for vastly aiding us all in understanding various and sundry racial paradigms. You’ve provided a real service! (2010-03-28) V. A., San Diego, California
  • “Actually, I love the website, particularly the content. It is amazing. You have put a lot of work into it. And, anyone who respects my work has already won me over…” (2010-03-05) Professor, University of California at Santa Barbara
  • “I have recently visited Mixed Race Studies and am impressed in return. I will post a link to it on my blogroll in the next few days.” (2010-02-26), Professor Emeritus, Texas State University
  • “I wanted to thank you for starting and managing your Mixed Race Studies site. It is much needed. I have already encountered many sources that I did not know about. I encourage you to keep up your great work.” (2010-02-01) Professor, Pierce College, Woodland Hills, California.
  • “You are doing great work.” (2010-01-28) Professor, North Carolina Central University
  • “I am so glad to have found your blog!” (2009-11-24) Professor, Syracuse University
  • Your mixed-race-studies site is very thought-provoking and thorough! If I didn’t know better I would have thought you were a professor teaching courses on the topic. (2009-09-05)