Mike Wenger 2

Michael R. Wenger

Professorial Lecturer
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Address: Phillips Hall
801 22nd St. NW
Washington DC,
Phone: 202-789-3539x301
[email protected]

Michael R. Wenger, an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Sociology at George Washington University, is a Senior Fellow at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, the nation's pre-eminent research and public policy analysis institution focusing on issues of race.  He also serves as an Editorial Consultant to FOCUS, the Joint Center's bi-monthly magazine.  At the Joint Center he was the founder and Director of NABRE (Network of Alliances Bridging Race and Ethnicity), which linked community-based race relations/racial justice organizations across the country for the purpose of facilitating communication and interaction, both electronic and face to face, among their leaders.  The network's mission was to cultivate and nurture local leaders as they build and sustain alliances that break down barriers of race and ethnicity and transcend these barriers in all sectors of civil society. 

Prof. Wenger also has served the Joint Center as Acting Vice President for Governance and Economic Analysis, Acting Vice President for Communications, and program consultant.  From September, 1997 to October, 1998, Mr. Wenger served as the Deputy Director for Outreach and Program Development for President Clinton's Initiative on Race. He was responsible for the development and implementation of programs designed to broaden public support for President Clinton's vision of One America in the 21st Century--a more just, inclusive and unified America that offers opportunity and fairness for all Americans.

Prof. Wenger also has served as the States Washington Representative for the Appalachian Regional Commission, Commissioner of the West Virginia Department of Employment Security, and Deputy Commissioner of the West Virginia Department of Welfare.  His volunteer activities include memberships on the National Advisory Board for the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation at the University of Mississippi and on the National Advisory Board of the Center for Community Trust Building of Hope in the Cities in Richmond, Virginia. 

He also serves on the Washington DC City Council Policy Advisory Council and on the Board of Directors for the League of Black Women.  He is a winner of the Bender Teaching Award for Adjunct Faculty at George Washington University, a frequent speaker on race relations, and the author of numerous articles on race relations.


BA Queens College, City University of New York, 1965


My Black Family, My White Privilege: A White Man’s Journey Through the Nation’s Racial Minefield. iUniverse, November, 2012.

"Place Matters: Ensuring Opportunities for Good Health for All: A Summary of Place Matters’ Community Health Equity Reports." Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, September, 2012.

Racial Equity Resource Guide. Publication prepared for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, April, 2012.

Creating An Equitable Future By Healing the Wounds of Racism: A Report On What We Can Learn From the 28 Years of Experience of the National Coalition Building Institute. Report prepared for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, March, 2012.

"Northerners in a Jim Crow World" (with Stan F. Shaw). The Educational Lockout of African Americans in Prince Edward County, Virginia (1959-1964): Personal Accounts and Reflections, edited by Terence Hicks and Abul Pitre, University Press of America, 2010.
"The Path to True Integration, Integral." The Journal of Fund for an Open Society, Spring, 2009.
Walking the Earth As Brothers and Sisters: Building An Anti-Racism Movement to Achieve Enduring Race Equit. Report prepared for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, January, 2009.

"No More Katrinas: How Reducing Disparities Can Promote Disaster Preparedness." Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, May, 2008.

"Why Racism Equals Poverty: The Discriminatory Math of Economic Disparity." The Opportunity Journal of the National Urban League, Summer, 2007.

"Rising African American Leaders: Challenges for a New Generation." Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, April, 2005.

"Brown v. Board: A New Milestone Decade." Teaching Tolerance Magazine, The Magazine of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Spring, 2004.

"Window Pane Stories: Vignettes to Help You Look At and Beyond Your Experiences" (with Dr. Sidney B. Simon). Writers Club Press, October, 2002.
"The Blessings of Diversity." FOCUS, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, May, 2001.

"Building Bridges Across Race Lines." FOCUS, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, July-August, 2000.

"Racial Discrimination/Racial Privilege." FOCUS, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, July, 1999.

"Healing Racial Rifts: What Unifies Us?" (with William Winter). Christian Science Monitor, March 25, 1999.
"Racism in America: Making Our Deeds Match Our Creeds." The Values Realization Institute, 1990.


"The Last Lecture: A Recipe for Trouble," George Washington University Lecture Series, April, 2010.

"Concepts for Teaching About Race: Do Your Deeds Match Your Creeds?" Mississippi Summit on Civil Rights, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, June, 2007.

"The Legacy of Our History of Conquest, Oppression and Purposeful Privilege," Mayor's Summit on Race, Tallahassee, FL, October, 2006.

"Brown at 50: A Turning Point in American History and A Missed Opportunity, Black History Month Symposium, Internal Revenue Service, February, 2004.

"No Escape: The Demographic and Technological Revolutions, Taking Advantage of the New America to Build One America," Millennium Symposium on Race and Justice, Black Leadership Forum, New York City, April, 2001. 

"The Significance of the American Racial Struggle: The President's Initiative on Race and the Personal Responsibility of Every American to the World Community," Annual Conference on Connecting Communities, Initiatives for Change (formerly Moral Re-Armament), Caux, Switzerland, July, 1999.

"Dealing with Attitudes on Race: A Network to Bridge Racial Divisions," Race Relations Conference, Community Relations Service, U.S. Department of Justice, Miami Beach, FL, April, 1999.

"The Power of One," People Who Care Awards Ceremony, Office of the Manhattan Borough President, New York City, January, 1999.

"The Journey to One America: A Look in the Mirror," Annual Metropolitan Richmond Breakfast, Hope in the Cities, Richmond, VA, November, 1998. 

"One Nation Under God or Two Nations Manacled by Race," New York/New Jersey Racial Legacies Summit, City University of New York, October, 1998.

Classes Taught

SOC 2170 - Class and Inequality
SOC 2179 - Race and Minority Relations
SOC 2181 - Institutional Racism: Policies and Prescriptions
SOC 6245 - Graduate Seminar on Race