G. Reginald Daniel, Ph.D.
G. Reginald Daniel, Ph.D., serves as Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara. He has taught numerous graduate and undergraduate courses exploring comparative race and ethnic relations at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of California, Santa Barbara. Among these courses is "Betwixt and Between," which one of the first and longest-standing courses in the United States to deal specifically with the question of multiracial identity comparing the United States with various parts of the world. While Daniel's research and teaching interests cover a variety of areas, he has been particularly active in the area of race and ethnic relations, as well as cultural analysis. Within these fields, he has examined a wide range of issues including general race and ethnic relations, multiracial identity and interracial relationships, and general cultural analysis. Moreover, his work reflects wide methodological perspectives, and is typically comparative historical in nature.
Daniel has published numerous articles and chapters that cover these issues. Including among these are Passers and Pluralists: Subverting the Racial Divide, and Beyond Black and White: The New Multiracial Consciousness, which are chapters in the first comprehensive examination of multiracial identity in the United States, Racially Mixed People in America, Maria P. P. Root, ed. (Sage, 1992). He is also co-author of Being Different Together in the University Classroom: Multiracial Identity as Transgressive Education, and author of Black and White Identity in the New Millennium: Unsevering the Ties That Bind, which are chapters in the second comprehensive examination of multiracial identity in the United States, The Multiracial Experience: Racial Borders as the New Frontier, M. P. P. Root, ed. (Sage, 1996).
His most recent publications are Either Black or White: Race Relations in Contemporary Brazil, in Latin America: An Interdisciplinary Approach, G. Verona-Lacey and J. Lopez-Arias, eds. (Peter Lang, 1998); Multiracial Identity in Brazil and the United States, in We Are A People: Narrative and Multiplicity in Constructing Ethnic Identity, P. Spickard and J. Burroughs, eds. (Temple University Press, 2000); and From Race to Metarace: A Personal Odyssey Through the Twilight Zone, Kindred Visions -- Ken Wilber and Other Leading Integral Thinkers, K. Wilber, ed. (Shambhala, forthcoming in 2001). His book entitled Multiracial Identity and the New Millennium: Black No More or More Than Black? (Temple, in progress), is a culmination of much of his thinking on this topic.
In addition, Daniel has received a great deal of media attention and participated as a panelist at various conferences as an expert on the topic of multiracial identity. Also, he has been a member of the Advisory Board of AMEA (Association of Multiethnic Americans) since 1988, and was a former Advisory Board member of Project RACE (Reclassify All Children Equally, 1992-1997). These are the two most prominent organizations involved in bringing about changes in the collection of official racial and ethnic data as in the decennial census, which made it possible for multiracial-identified individuals to acknowledge their various backgrounds on official forms beginning in the year 2000. Daniel's own multiracial identity includes African, Native American, Irish, Asian Indian, French, English, and possibly German-Jewish origins.