Erin N. Winkler

Associate Professor and Chair
 Mitchell Hall 225


PhD, University of California, Berkeley

Research Interests

Racial socialization; Racial identity development in African American families and communities; The impact of gender, skin tone, and other demographic factors on racial identity development and responses to racism; The effect of place on shaping conceptualizations and experiences of race and racism.

Teaching Interests

Effects of racism on individuals, communities, and society; Racial identity development and well-being in children and adolescents; African American families; Qualitative research methods in Africology; Sociology of African American communities; Race and place (nationally and internationally).

Selected Publications

Winkler, E. N. (2013). Learning Race, Learning Place: Shaping Racial Identities and Ideas in African American Childhoods. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (E-Book Version).
Winkler, E. N. (2012, November). Learning Race, Learning Place: Shaping Racial Identities and Ideas in African American Childhoods. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
Winkler, E. N. (2011, August). "My aunt talks about black people all the time”: The significance of extended family networks in the racial socialization of African American adolescents. Aborampah, O., & Sudarkasa, N. (Eds.). Extended Families in Africa and the African Diaspora, 273-295. Africa World Press.
Winkler, E. N. (2009, August). Children are not colorblind: How young children learn race. PACE: Practical Approaches for Continuing Education. HighReach Learning., 3(3), 1-8.
Winkler, E. N. (2008, March). “It’s like arming them”: African American mothers’ views on racial socialization. , 211-241. The Changing Landscape of Work and Family in the American Middle Class: Reports from the Field, eds. Elizabeth Rudd and Lara Descartes. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
Winkler, E. N. (2003, October (4th Quarter/Autumn)). The Attack on Affirmative Action: The ‘Race Neutral’ Excuse. The Black Scholar, 33(3/4), 41-43.


Dr. Erin Winkler spoke with Milwaukee Public Radio’s Stephanie Lecci about how childlren learn and perceive race and how we consider it as adults. Listen to How children understand race interview.

Dr. Erin Winkler was featured on Iowa Public Radio’s “Talk of Iowa” program as an expert on how children learn about race. Listen to Teaching Kids about race interview.


Winkler, Erin N.“The Importance of Young Children’s Learning about Race and Racism.” Minority Student Action Network Governing Board Meeting. Chicago, IL. June 2015.
Winkler, Erin N.“How do children come to understand the meaning of race in their everyday lives?.” Difficult Conversations Workshop I: Talking About Race. Madison, WI. April 2015.
Winkler, Erin N.“’‘Way-Out Places’: Racialized Borders and Children’s Understandings of Race’.” International Conference on the Geographies of Children, Youth, and Families. San Diego, CA. January 2015.
Winkler, Erin N.“Shaping racial identities and ideas in African American childhoods: Intersectionalities of race, place, skin tone, and gender.” Marquette University Psychology Colloquium Series. . January 2015.