Erin N. Winkler

Associate Professor
 Mitchell Hall 221C


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. (2017, March). Racism as a threshold concept: Examining learning in a ‘diversity requirement’ course. Race, Ethnicity and Education.
Winkler, E. N., & Henderson, L. (2015, December). “Why does Latino/a Youth Literature Matter? How Children and Young Adults Learn about Race”. The Américas Award: Honoring Latino/a Children’s and Young Adult Literature of the Americas, 7-26.
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., Aborampah, O., & Sudarkasa, 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. Osei-Mensah Aborampah and Niara Sudarkasa (Ed.). 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, 3(3), 1-8.
Winkler, E. N., Rudd, E., & Descartes, L. (2008, March). “It’s like arming them”: African American mothers’ views on racial socialization. The Changing Landscape of Work and Family in the American Middle Class: Reports from the Field, 211-241. 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.

Read about Dr. Winkler’s work with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture: Africology Professor Consults for Newest Smithsonian Museum


Winkler, Erin N.Health of the Community Series. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. January 2017.
Winkler, Erin N.“Rethinking Racism: Why How We Think and Talk about Race Matters.” . Madison, WI. November 2016.
Winkler, Erin N.“Talking about Race with Young Children.” Children’s Center Staff Training Day. Madison, WI. October 2016.
Winkler, Erin N.“Difficult Conversations: Talking with Children About Race.” 4K Summer Institute. Madison, WI. August 2016.
Winkler, Erin N."Girl Talk" Series. Middleton, WI. July 2016.
Winkler, Erin N.Children Are Not Colorblind: Talking with Children about Race and Racism. Verona, WI. May 2016.
Winkler, Erin N.Children Are Not Colorblind: Talking with Young Children About Race and Racism. Janesville, WI. May 2016.
Winkler, Erin N.Children Are Not Colorblind: Talking with Children about Race and Racism. Madison, Wisconsin. April 2016.
Winkler, Erin N.Implicit Bias: What Is It and Why Does It Matter?. Madison, Wisconsin. April 2016.
Winkler, Erin N.Children Are Not Colorblind: Talking with Young Children About Race and Racism. Madison, Wisconsin. March 2016.
Winkler, Erin N.“Children Are Not Colorblind: How to Talk With Children about Race.” . Madison, Wisconsin. January 2016.
Winkler, Erin N.“Difficult Conversations on Race.” Wisconsin Early Childhood Association Annual Conference. Wisconsin Dells, WI. November 2015.
Winkler, Erin N.“Conversations with Young Children about Race.” . Madison, Wisconsin. October 2015.
Winkler, Erin N.“Sustaining African American Studies: Leadership of Departments, Programs, and Centers in the 21st Century..” Association for the Study of African American Life and History Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA. September 2015.
Winkler, Erin N.“How Do Children Develop Ideas about Race? Why Our ‘Common Sense’ Notions Are Often Incorrect, and How Anti-Racist Parenting Can Help..” The Changing Face of Adoption. Appleton, WI. September 2015.
Winkler, Erin N.“Teacher Workshop: Discussions about Race.” . Madison, Wisconsin. July 2015.
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.
Winkler, Erin N.“Post-Civil Rights Struggle in Education: The Dialectical Struggle for Race and Gender Equality.” Association for the Study of African Amrerican Life and History. Memphis, TN. September 2014.
Winkler, Erin N.“The Role of Place in Children’s Racial Identities, Ideas, and Strategies.” Society for the Study of Social Problems annual meeting. New York, NY. August 2013.
Winkler, Erin N.“Protected but Confined? Racialized Boundaries, Mobility, and Children’s Racial Learning.” Borders, Boundaries, and Peace. Milwaukee, WI. March 2013.
Winkler, Erin N.“The Nitty-Gritty of Doing Research: What’s Not Covered in Your Research Methods Course.” Guest lecture. UWM. March 2013.
Winkler, Erin N.“Intersectionality and Racial Learning: How gender, skin tone, and place come together to shape ideas about race for African American children in Detroit.” Women’s Studies Brown Bag Seminar. Milwaukee, WI. March 2013.
Winkler, Erin N.“How children develop ideas about race & why it matters.” Guest lecture. UWM. February 2013.
Winkler, Erin N.“Learning Race, Learning Place: Shaping Racial Identities and Ideas in African American Childhoods.” Presentation & Book Signing. Milwaukee, WI (UWM Hefter Center). February 2013.
Winkler, Erin N.“Gendered Bodies and the Research Process.” Guest lecture. UWM. October 2012.
Winkler, Erin N.“How children develop ideas about race & why it matters.” Guest lecture. UWM. October 2012.
Winkler, Erin N.“Diverse Learners and Troublesome Knowledge: Racism as a Threshold Concept.” Nineteenth International Conference on Learning. London, UK. August 2012.
Winkler, Erin N.“Seen but Not Heard? Taking Children’s Voices Seriously in Black Studies Scholarship.” A Beautiful Struggle: Transformative Black Studies in Shifting Political Landscapes–A Summit of Doctoral Programs. Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA. April 2012.
Winkler, Erin N.“Learning Race, Learning Place: Developing identities and ideas in Detroit.” Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting. Seattle, Washington. April 2011.
Winkler, Erin N.“How Do We Conceptualize Africology? A Discussion of Subject-matter, Worldview, and Purpose.” Africology Faculty Seminar. UWM Department of Africology. February 2011.
Winkler, Erin N.“How Children Learn Race.” Guest lecture. UWM. April 2010.
Winkler, Erin N., Williams, Hank, Lee, Jooyoung, and Turner, Robert. “Racialized Representations.” Hip-Hop Music: Is it more than music? (Panel discussion). Marquette University. March 2010.
Winkler, Erin N.“Racism as a Threshold Concept: Why Do/Don’t Students Get It?.” Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Symposium. Eastern Michigan University. February 2010.
Meyers, Renee A., Winkler, Erin N., and Dvorak, Leah. “Investigating Threshold Concepts and Troublesome Knowledge in three disciplines: Why do/don’t students ‘get it’?.” International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Bloomington, IN. October 2009.
Winkler, Erin N.“Assessing Learning about Racism in a University Diversity Course.” Pedagogies of Hope: Inspiring, Understanding, and Assessing Student Learning. Milwuakee, WI. April 2009.
Winkler, Erin N.“Learning Race, Learning Place.” Urban Childhoods Conference. New York Institute of Technology, Manhattan. March 2009.
Winkler, Erin N.“The city as co-socializer: Racial socialization of African American children.” Who Claims the City? Thinking Race, Class, and Urban Space. Marquette University. May 2008.
Winkler, Erin N.“Racial socialization of African American children.” National Council for Black Studies, Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA. March 2008.