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Jean Beaman


Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology 

2018 Exploratory Research in Social Science Grant Recipient

Dr.Jean Beaman, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, is the recipient of the 2018 Exploratory Research in Social Science Grant. Using this funding, Beaman will study state-sponsored violence against racial and ethnic minorities in France and how activists mobilize against racism; specifically the deaths of North African and Sub-Saharan African origin individuals by French police. 

“I’ve been conducting research related to race and identity in France for over a decade. I first got interested in France as a sociological site of study from a study abroad program I did junior year as an undergrad at Northwestern. Spending a year living in Paris as a Black person (with a French family) piqued my curiosity in racial and ethnic identity in societies differently organized from the United States. I further explored the issues of second-generation immigrants, race, and national belonging in my doctoral dissertation which I heavily revised into my first book, Citizen Outsider: Children of North African in France. The research that this CLA grant will fund focuses on the growing problem of police violence against racial and ethnic minorities in France, and activism against that violence.” - Jean Beaman