Leondar-Wright at Black Oak Books, Berkeley
January 15, 1956
Summit, New Jersey, U.S.
|Alma mater||Boston College|
|Subject||Classism, Economic stratification, economic justice|
|Notable awards||Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award|
Early life and education
Leondar-Wright was raised in a middle class family, and dropped out of Princeton University to become a full-time activist. She completed her Bachelor of Arts, MA and PhD in Sociology at Boston College.
She was a member of Movement for a New Society (MNS) where she was a member of the Keystone Alliance, organizing rallies and occupations at the Limerick, PA Nuclear Power Plant. While involved with MNS, she published the "Study Guide on Multinational Corporations and the World Economy.”
From 1986 to 1988 she was Program Coordinator at Women for Economic Justice, where she organized a coalition for pay equity for women. From 1988 to 1993 she was Executive Director at the Anti-Displacement Project, an affordable housing organization; three of the tenant groups she organized bought and now manage their apartment complexes as permanently affordable housing. From 1994 to 1997 she served as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Human Services Coalition.
Currently she is an assistant professor of sociology at Lasell College. Her current research and writing focus on cross-class alliances in movements for social change. Her 2012 PhD dissertation focuses on class culture differences in U.S. social change groups. Her latest book, "Missing Class: Strengthening Social Movement Groups by Seeing Class Cultures" was published by Cornell University Press in April 2014 and was made into a website, the Activist Class Cultures Kit .
|1996||co-author||Mass Billions: The Changing Role of Federal Support for Human Services in Massachusetts for the Massachusetts Human Services Coalition|
|1999||co-author||Shifting Fortunes: The Perils of the Growing American Wealth Gap for United for a Fair Economy|
|1999, 2007||co-author||Classism curriculum design, chapter in Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice, co-written with by Felice Yeskel|
|2004||co-author||Black job loss deja vu: think the typical job-loser in today's economy is a white computer programmer whose job has been outsourced to India? Think again. An article from Dollars and Sense|
|2004||author||Climbing the White Escalator|
|2004||co-editor||The Wealth Inequality Reader in Dollars and Sense|
|2005||co-author||Who are the elites? Chapter in Inequality Matters|
|2004–2006||co-author||three annual "State of the Dream" reports on racial inequality for United For a Fair Economy|
|2005||author||Class Matters: Cross-Class Alliance Building for Middle-Class Activists|
|2006||co-author||The Color of Wealth:The Story Behind the U.S. Racial Wealth Divide - winner of the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award|
|2014||author||"Missing Class: How Seeing Class Cultures Can Strengthen Social Movement Groups|
- "The Color of Wealth - United for a Fair Economy". The New Press. Retrieved 2010-11-29.
- "Focus on Affirmative Action - Today's Guests are: Betsy Leondar-Wright". African American Policy Forum. Retrieved 2010-11-29.
- "Besty Leondar Wright, Ph.D. Student" (PDF). Boston College Sociology Department. Retrieved 2010-11-29.
- Leondar-Wright, Betsy (Class Matters: Cross Class Alliance-Building or Middle Class Activists). "What Middle-Class Activists Give Up". Retrieved 2010-11-29. Check date values in:
- Caldwell, Tracey-Kay. "Class Matters". BellaOnline - the Voice of women. Retrieved 2010-11-29.
- Davidon, Ann Morrissett. "The U.S. anti-nuclear movement". Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Retrieved 2010-11-29.
- "Movement for a New Society Records, 1971-1988". Swarthmore College. Retrieved 2010-11-29.
- Wright, Betsy; Phyllis Fisher; Merrill Kaitz; Jane Collins (September 1996). 'Mass Billions: The Changing Role of Federal Support for Human Services in Massachusetts. Massachusetts Human Services Coalition. ISBN 978-0-9655371-0-0.
- "Betsy Leondar-Wright". Class Matters. Retrieved 2010-11-29.
- "Contributors". Classism. Retrieved 2010-11-29.
- Lombardi, Kristen (May 2004). "Familiar Ring". The Boston Phoenix. Retrieved 2010-11-29.
- Leondar-Wright, Betsy (March 1999). Shifting Fortunes: The Perils of the Growing American Wealth Gap. United for a Fair Economy. ISBN 978-0-9659249-2-4.
- Leondar-Wright, Betsy. Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice. 2nd Ed. Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-95200-2.
- Leondar-Wright, Betsy (May 4, 2004). "Climbing the White Escalator". CommonDreams.org. Retrieved 2010-11-29.
- The Wealth Inequality Reader in Dollars and Sense. September 2004. ISBN 978-1-878585-45-5.
- Leondar-Wright, Betsy (April 2005). Class Matters: Cross-Class Alliance Building for Middle-Class Activists. New Society Publishers. ISBN 0-86571-523-8.
- The Color of Wealth: The Story Behind the U.S. Racial Wealth Divide. The New Press. June 2006. ISBN 1-59558-004-2.