Want to Dive Deeper Into Critical Race Theory?

Here are 10 essential books for those who are interested in critical race theory.

July 01, 2021

Columbia Law School professors Kimberlé Crenshaw and Kendall Thomas are the leading experts on critical race theory, which you have likely been hearing a lot about in the news lately. Here are 10 books that they recommend to anyone interested in learning more about this body of writing and method of research that is taught in law schools across the country.


The Alchemy of Race and Rights, by Patricia J. Williams, 1991

Critical Race Feminism: A Reader, 2nd ed., edited by Adrien Wing, 2003

Critical Race Theory: A Primer (Concepts and Insights Series); by Khiara M. Bridges, LAW’02 and '08; 2019

Critical Race Theory: The Cutting Edge, 3rd ed., edited by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic, 2013

Critical Race Theory: The Key Writings that Formed the Movement; edited by Kimberlé W. Crenshaw, Neil T. Gotanda, Gary Peller, and Kendall Thomas; 1995

Crossroads, Directions and a New Critical Race Theory; edited by Francisco Valdes, Jerome McCristal Culp, and Angela P. Harris; 2002

The Derrick Bell Reader, edited by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic, 2005

The Law Unbound!: A Richard Delgado Reader, edited by Adrien Katherine Wing and Jean Stefancic, 2007

White by Law: The Legal Construction of Race (10th Anniversary Edition), by Ian Haney Lopez, 2006

Words That Wound: Critical Race Theory, Assaultive Speech, and the First Amendment; by Mari J. Matsuda, Charles R. Lawrence III, Richard Delgado, and Kimberlé W. Crenshaw; 1993