David Theo Goldberg
David Theo Goldberg, PhD (born 1952 in South Africa), was raised in South Africa, where he later received degrees in philosophy and economics from the University of Cape Town. He also holds a PhD in philosophy from City University of New York. Formerly Director and Professor of the School of Justice Studies at Arizona State University, Goldberg was appointed Director of the University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) in July 2000, a University of California system-wide research facility for the human sciences and theoretical research in the arts. He also holds faculty appointments as Professor of Comparative Literature and Professor of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), and is a Fellow of the UCI Critical Theory Institute. Before he began his teaching career, Goldberg produced independent films and music videos (some of which aired on MTV), and co-directed with Michael Oblowitz an award-winning short film on South Africa, The Island. 
Research and projects
Goldberg is a leading scholar of critical race theory and has delivered invited lectures on this subject at universities across the world (listen to a KPFA interview). His work is the subject of "On the State of Race Theory: A Conversation with David Theo Goldberg". Goldberg's extensive research ranges over issues of political theory, race and racism, ethics, law and society, critical theory, cultural studies and, increasingly, digital humanities.
He initiated the University of California (UC) Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Technology Council, a system-wide committee reporting to the UC Office of the President. He also serves on the UC-wide committee overseeing stewardship of research information and data (including libraries and digital libraries) for the university system.
Together with Cathy Davidson of Duke University, Goldberg founded the Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC) to advance partnerships between the human sciences, arts, social sciences and technology and supercomputing interests for advancing research, teaching and public outreach. Davidson and Goldberg have published essays promoting the creative and dynamic use of digital technologies to advance research, teaching and learning in the humanities, arts, and social sciences. They co-direct the HASTAC-MacArthur Digital Media and Learning Competition, an annual international contest awarding up to $2m per year to promote transformative learning practices through the application of digital technology. In addition, he is the executive director of the Digital Media and Learning Hub.
Books and publications
Goldberg has authored a number of books, including The Threat of Race (2008); The Racial State (2002); Racial Subjects: Writing on Race in America (1997); Racist Culture: Philosophy and the Politics of Meaning (1993); and Ethical Theory and Social Issues: Historical Texts and Contemporary Readings (1989/1995).
The Threat of Race: Reflections on Racial Neoliberalism (Oxford and Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell 2009)
He has edited or co-edited several collections, including Anatomy of Racism (1990) and Multiculturalism: A Critical Reader (1995) and is the founding co-editor of Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture.
Goldberg is also the creator of the online digital project Blue Velvet: Re-Dressing New Orleans in Katrina's Wake, an interactive look at the effects of Hurricane Katrina on the city of New Orleans based his article "Deva-stating Disasters: Race in the Shadow(s) of New Orleans."
- University of California Humanities Research Institute
- Susan Searles Giroux, JAC 26:1-2, 2006, pp 11-66
- History | HASTAC
- Homepage of the HASTAC-MacArthur Digital Media and Learning Competition
- DMLcentral website
- Goldberg, David Theo “Deva-stating Disasters: Race in the Shadow(s) of New Orleans,” Du Bois Review 3:1 (2006).
- Contemporary Racisms: David Theo Goldberg and Paul Gilroy [video] (2007) - darkmatter Journal
- Threat of Race website
- Blue Velvet website