Center on Race and Social Problems


In 2002, then Dean of the School of Social Work Larry E. Davis established the Center on Race and Social Problems (CRSP) at the University of Pittsburgh to help lead America further along the path to social justice by conducting race-related research, mentoring emerging scholars, and disseminating race-related research findings and scholarship. Currently Dr. James Huguley is the Center's interim director and Penelope Miller is the center coordinator.


The University of Pittsburgh’s Center on Race and Social Problems conducts applied social science research on race, color, ethnicity and their influence on the quality of life for all Americans.

Areas of Focus

  • Law: examines racial disparities in the criminal justice system and seeks strategies for reducing recidivism and increasing fairness in the treatment of all citizens
  • Economy: examines racial disparities in economic conditions, access to opportunities, and outcomes for workers and business owners
  • Education: studies racial differences in levels of attainment and seeks to improve outcomes from early to postsecondary education
  • Families and Youth: inspects the shifting patterns in family composition and their consequences; trends in the quality of life of parents and children; and alternative interventions
  • Health: examines racial disparities in health conditions across the life span, access to and quality of care, and strategies for reducing disparities
  • Race Relations: inspects interracial group dynamics and provides insight and strategies to improve intergroup relations
  • Mental Health: studies the relevance of race and culture in relation to mental health service access and outcomes
  • Older Adults: studies racial conditions surrounding the older generations



We would like to acknowledge, with sincere thanks and appreciation, our sponsors, whose generosity and support makes our work possible:

Annie E. Casey Foundation; Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC; National Institute on Drug Abuse; National Institutes of Health; Reed Smith LLP; The Falk Foundation, The Heinz Foundation, The Pittsburgh Foundation and the University of Pittsburgh Office of the Provost.


Contact Us


Phone: 412-624-7382

Twitter: @PittCRSP