An Open Letter to Potential Subscribers

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Dear Potential Subscriber,

Are you looking for an interdisciplinary journal that elevates timely discussions about race, ethnicity, social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion within cities?

Your search must be complicated by the fact that despite longstanding research and debates surrounding racial and ethnic justice, fewer than 20 academic journals have an explicit focus on race and ethnicity. A new journal is changing this landscape.

The Journal of Race, Ethnicity and the City (JRE), published by Routledge | Taylor & Francis, is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal of the Urban Affairs Association (UAA), which also sponsors the highly-regarded Journal of Urban Affairs (JUA) (1979-present). We invite you to learn more about the Journal of Race, Ethnicity and the City below and hope you will consider adding this important resource to your collection.


Our increasingly urbanized world continues to reckon with conflicts based on race and ethnicity. To demonstrate the importance of the Journal of Race, Ethnicity and the City, let us look globally at the past two years. The dual crises of a pandemic and mass social unrest revealed to a larger audience the ugly realities of persistent patterns of discrimination, civil rights violations , and unequal access to opportunities experienced by marginalized racial and ethnic groups. For scholars, activists and practitioners already engaged in social justice work, it was not surprising to witness yet another reckoning with conflicts based on race and ethnicity in the events of 2020. But it was significant that these conflicts were evident in cities around the world.

JRE seeks to advance collective knowledge about how race and ethnicity dynamics shape our cities and neighborhoods. The conversations that occurred in the media, policy debates, and community exchanges reinforced UAA’s belief that there is a need for a journal dedicated to advancing collective knowledge about how race and ethnicity dynamics shape our cities and neighborhoods.

JRE provides a vehicle for articulating solutions and policy strategies for advancing social justiceThe future of an increasingly urbanized world will be determined in large part by how societies resolve racial and ethnic conflicts. This new journal seeks to promote timely research, debates, policy solutions and global awareness of strategies to create and sustain racial and ethnic equity, and broadly, social justice for all.


JRE is a relevant and strategic vehicle to meet diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) objectives, and directly support instruction and research on race and ethnicity. One impact of increased awareness of racial and ethnic injustice has been the growth of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives and policies among universities, public and nonprofit institutions. Given the central role that libraries play in providing timely and substantive knowledge to their community of users, this journal provides a relevant and strategically effective vehicle for 1) meeting DEI objectives and 2) giving students and faculty access to current research on race and ethnicity in the critically important context of cities.

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Multidisciplinary Articles

urban studies urban planning geography political science sociology anthropology social work education Asian studies Asian-American studies African studies African-American studies European studies Latina/o studies Latin American studies Native American studies Middle Eastern studies urban economics urban management public administration public health and many others

Quick Facts

  • Co-Editors: Yasminah Beebeejaun, Ph.D. (University College London) &
    Ali Modarres, Ph.D. (University of Washington Tacoma)
  • Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis
  • ISSN: 2688-4674
  • eISSN: 2688-4682
  • Frequency: 2 issues per year
  • First issue: September 2020

Subscription Pricing


  • Regular = $83 / year
  • Student = $42 / year

Libraries & Institutions

  • Journal of Race & Ethnicity 
    • Online only = $330* / year
    • Print + online = $388* / year
  • Journal of Urban Affairs Pack (Journal of Urban Affairs + Journal of Race, Ethnicity & the City)
    • Online only = $2370* / year
    • Print + online = $2788* / year

More details…

About the Urban Affairs Association. The Urban Affairs Association (UAA) is an international professional organization for 700+ urban academic programs, scholars, researchers, policy analysts, and public service professionals.

Founded in 1969, UAA is dedicated to creating interdisciplinary spaces for engaging in intellectual and practical discussions about urban life. Through theoretical, empirical, and action-oriented research, UAA fosters diverse activities to understand and shape a more just and equitable urban world. In support of this mission, UAA hosts an annual conference of approximately 1000+ participants; provides ongoing professional development opportunities; sponsors Upsilon Sigma: The Urban Studies Honor Society; and sponsors two peer-reviewed journals, the Journal of Urban Affairs and the Journal of Race, Ethnicity and the City.