Noel Cazenave



Noel A. Cazenave is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Connecticut whose most recent book is Killing African Americans: Police and Vigilante Violence as a Racial Control Mechanism. Professor Cazenave is also the author of Conceptualizing Racism: Breaking the Chains of Racially Accommodative Language; The Urban Racial State: Managing Race Relations in American Cities; Impossible Democracy: The Unlikely Success of the War on Poverty Community Action Programs; and coauthor of the awards winning Welfare Racism: Playing the Race Card against America’s Poor. The title of his current book project is Kindness Wars: The History and Political Economy of Human Caring.

His research and teaching interests are in racism, poverty policy, political sociology, criminal justice, and the sociology of emotions. For developing and teaching his White Racism course, he received a Northeast Magazine Connecticut Bloomer award for contributions to the quality of life of the state.

Professor Cazenave is currently teaching at the Storrs Campus during the fall semester and at the Hartford Campus each spring semester. Courses taught here include White Racism, African Americans and Social Protest, Sociological Perspectives on Poverty, the Social Construction of Happiness, Killing African Americans: Police and Vigilante Violence as a Racial Control Mechanism, and a graduate seminar on Systemic Racism.

Professor Cazenave is the 2020 winner of the University of Connecticut Faculty Excellence in Research and Creativity-Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Award.  

For more information about Professor Cazenave click on his sociology department webpage link.

Prof. Cazenave
Contact Information
PhoneHartford: (959)200-3859
Storrs: (860)486-4190
Mailing Address
University of Connecticut
10 Prospect Street
Hartford, CT 06103
Office Location
Hartford: Hartford Times Building (HTB), 512
Storrs: Manchester Hall, 221
CampusHartford | Storrs