Dr. Andrew L. Barlow has been a teacher and practitioner of sociology for 30 years. He received the PhD in Sociology from Harvard University in 1979, and has taught at the University of Massachusetts, Wellesley College, Boston University, the University of California at Santa Cruz and at Berkeley. He is Professor of Sociology at Diablo Valley College, and Visiting Professor of Sociology at the University of California at Berkeley.
Dr. Barlow’s fields of specialization are the sociology of race and ethnicity, social change and the sociology of law. He has written extensively in both areas. His work has been published in the Journal of Ethnic Studies, Contemporary Sociology, the Harvard Educational Review, The New York Times Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, Hastings Women’s Law Journal, the American Bar Association Bar Leader, California Lawyer, and numerous newspapers.
Dr. Barlow’s current research investigates community organizing efforts to achieve social justice. He is particularly interested in the implications of globalization for legal strategies to remedy racial discrimination. His book, Between Fear and Hope: Globalization and Race in the United States was published by Roman and Littlefield in. 2003.Between Fear and Hope (Rowman & Littlefield, Inc.). He edited and co-wrote a book on professionals working for social justice, Collaborations for Social Justice: Professionals, Publics, and Policy, published in August, 2007 by Rowman and Littlefield.
As a faculty member at Diablo Valley College, Dr. Barlow has served as chair of his department, and was co-chair of the DVC Multicultural Diversity Committee and was a member of the college Staff Diversity Committee. Dr. Barlow has testified as an expert witness in anti-discrimination lawsuits in California Superior Court, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of La Raza Centro Legal in San Francisco. He was lead plaintiff in a lawsuit against the Governor of California in 1998, Barlow v. Wilson (later Davis). Link:Andrew Barlow v. Gray Davis as Governor. He serves on the American Sociological Association Task Force on Public Sociologies.