Selected Articles, Op-eds, and Papers

“Quotas are working in Brazil,” in New York Times Room for Debate, “Brazil’s Racial Identity Challenge.” March 29, 2012. Link

“Should the census ask questions about race?” Opinion. CQ Researcher, Vol. 20, No. 19, May 14, 2010: 449. PDF

“Pursuing Justice in Comparative Perspective,” Northeastern Law School Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Law Clinic, December 2010. Link

“The Prosecution of Human Rights Violations,” Annual Review of Political Science, volume 13, (2010): 165 – 82. PDF

“Reparations Claims: Politics by Another Name,” Political Power and Social Theory, 18 (2007): 253-258. 


Melissa Nobles and Jun-Hyeok Kwak, eds. Inherited Responsibility and Historical Reconciliation in East Asia
New York: Routledge Press, 2013.
Melissa Nobles The Politics of Official Apologies
New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008. Print.
Melissa Nobles Shades of Citizenship: Race and the Census in Modern Politics
Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2000. Print.

Book Chapters

“Democratic dilemmas of census categorization in the post-civil rights era,” in How Public Institutions Assess Identity Claims, Avigail Eisenberg and Will Kymlicka, eds. University of British Columbia Press, in press.

“Revisiting the Membership Theory of Apologies: Apology Politics in Australia and Canada,” in On the Uses and Abuses of Political Apologies, Mihaela Mihai and Mathias Thaler, eds. Palgrave Press. 2014.

Co-author with Jun-Hyeok Kwak, “’Inherited’ responsibility and historical reconciliation in East Asian Context,” in Inherited Responsibility and Historical Reconcilation. New York: Routledge Press, 2013.

“The Challenge of Census Categorization in the Post-Civil Rights Era,” in Identity Politics in the Public Realm, Avigail Eisenberg and Will Kymlicka, eds. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2011. 

“Racial/colour categorization in US and Brazilian censuses,” in Categories and Contexts: Anthropological and historical studies in critical demography, Simon Szreter and Hania Sholkamy, eds. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.

“Lessons from Brazil: The Ideational and Political Dimensions of Multiraciality,” in The New Race Question: How the Census Counts Multiracial Individuals, Joel Perlmann and Mary Waters, eds. New York: Russell Sage Foundation Press, 2002.

“Racial categorization and censuses,” in Census and Identity: The Politics of Race, Ethnicity, and Language in National Censuses, David I. Kertzer and Dominique Arel, eds. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001.