New Book Talks - Yelena Bailey, How the Streets were Made

Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America

CSREA’s New Book Talks highlight new and notable works studying race, ethnicity, and indigeneity from scholars both internal and external to Brown. They facilitate thought-provoking and critical engagement with emerging scholarship.


The first installment brings Yelena Bailey, author of How the Streets Were Made. The book discusses the creation of “the streets” not just as a physical, racialized space produced by segregationist policies but also as a sociocultural entity that has influenced our understanding of blackness in America for decades. Drawing from fields such as media studies, literary studies, history, sociology, film studies, and music studies, this book engages in an interdisciplinary analysis of how the streets have shaped contemporary perceptions of black identity, community, violence, spending habits, and belonging.

This event is moderated by Robert Self, Mary Ann Lippitt Professor of American History at Brown.


Yelena Bailey is a writer and researcher whose work focuses on the intersections of race, policy, and popular culture. She received her doctorate from the University of California, San Diego and worked as a professor of English and Cultural Studies in Seattle before transitioning to public policy. She is currently the Director of Education Policy at the State of Minnesota’s Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board.

To order a copy of the book, visit the Brown Bookstore.