AFAM In the News


The 1A Movie Club Sees ‘Hustlers’Opens in new window
Keke Palmer, Cardi B, Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu and Lili Reinhart pose.

Inspired by a viral New York Magazine article, “Hustlers” tells the true story of former strip club employees who join forces to swindle their Wall Street clients during the 2008 financial crisis.

RPR’s reviews the movie “Hustlers” for meeting of The 1A Movie Club. This conversation features Siobhan Brooks, Professor of African American studies, at California State University-Fullerton, sociologist and author of, "Unequal Desires: Race and Erotic Capital in the Stripping Industry"


Exotic Dancers Organizing Against Decades of ExploitationOpens in new window
High Heels

Siobhan Brooks, associate professor of African-American studies, is among the experts featured in a recent New York Times article on the members of the stripping industry who are fighting to reform labor practices and end sexual harassment and discrimination in their workplaces.



Why Are We Still Talking About the Wage Gap in 2019?Opens in new window
Siobhan Brooks.

Siobhan Brooks, chair and associate professor of African American studies at CSUF, is an expert on cultural stereotypes, discrimination and pay disparity in a different arena than sales or nursing — exotic dancing. Her work highlights how racial stratification — inequality in social position and rewards based on race — affects wages among black and Latina dancers.


In Memoriam — Charlene RigginsOpens in new window
Charlene RIggins

Alumna, educator and oral historian, Charlene Marine Riggins, died Oct. 29. Riggins' 43-year career at Cal State Fullerton began as a graduate unit evaluator in the Office of Admissions and Records from 1975-2003. She later worked as a lecturer and oral historian in the Department of African American Studies until 2018.


Professor has two recent Publications
Siobhan Brooks

Siobhan Brooks, professor of African American studies,  authored "Staying in the Hood: Black Lesbian and Transgender Women and Identity Management in North Philadelphia"Opens in new window for the Journal of Homsexuality; and  the chapter “Balancing Act: Identity Management and Mental Health Among Black LGBT Women”Opens in new window in the book Black LGBT Health in the United States: The Intersection of Race, Gender and Sexual Orientation (scheduled for release in January 2017 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group).


Professor Receives an NEH Award
Tyler Parry

Tyler D. Parry, professor of African American studies, is the receipient of a 2017-2018 National Endowment for the Humanities Award for his project  “Slave Matrimony in the African Diaspora during the 18th and 19th Centuries.”




Professor and Writer Wins Poetry PrizeOpens in new window
Natalie Graham

Natalie Graham, professor of African American studies, is the winner of the 2016 Cave Canem Poetry Prize for her manuscript “Begin with a Failed Body.” 


Ethnic Studies Research Published, PresentedOpens in new window

Siobhan Brooks, professor of African American studies, is the author of “Staying in the Hood: Black Lesbian and Transgender Women and Identity Management in North Philadelphia.”posted online in March by the Journal of Homosexuality.

Tyler D. Parry, professor of African American studies, co-authored “The Canine Terror,” posted online in May in Jacobin magazine.