Richard Wood

A book co-written by University of New Mexico sociology professor Richard Wood, has been selected as the 2016 ARNOVA Outstanding Book Award recipient. 

A Shared Future: Faith-Based Organizing for Racial Equity and Ethical Democracy was published in 2015 and explores the work being done to overcome racial inequality in the U.S. It focuses on a specific social movement sector known as faith-based community organizing, and looks at how these coalitions work with local faith communities to advance racial equality at the local level and in the wider society.

“It’s enormously exciting to receive this award,” Wood said. “America faces profound challenges in coming to terms with our racist past and continuing reality, especially when so many Americans across all groups feel like we’ve lost our democratic voice. In this book we draw insight from some hard but hopeful experiences around the country to invite all of us into a shared future.”

ARNOVA, the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, selects from all the books published in the last three years, the one book that most contributes to the advancement of theory, research or practice on voluntary action and nonprofit organizations.

Wood, along with Indiana University Assistant Professor Brad Fulton, who co-authored the book, will be honored at this year’s ARNOVA Awards Luncheon in November in Washington, DC.