Our faculty reflects the interdisciplinary focus of the department, and is drawn from Cultural Studies, Literature, History, Sociology and Ethnomusicology. Accomplished scholars, creative writers and performers, the members of the African American Studies faculty have published their works in a variety of books and journals and presented their scholarly and creative activity all over the United States and the world. They seek to foster an understanding of and appreciation for the rich traditions of the African diaspora, to advance knowledge of African American history and culture, and to develop critical awareness of the status of peoples of African descent in our interconnected global society.
For faculty advisement please contact Dr. Siobhan Brooks below.
Specializations: Sexuality; Gender, Race Relations
Office: H 312A Phone: (657) 278-3847
Specializations: queer theory, Black studies, sound studies, affect theory, performance studies, gender & sexuality studies, popular music studies
Natalie J. Graham
Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty
Specializations: Creative Writing, Identity Performance, Performing Arts, African American Food Culture, African American Popular Music.
Specializations: Urban Education; The Prison Industrial Complex and Social Movements.
Specializations: African American History, Race and Sports, Recreation & Leisure
Specializations: Structural Racism; Emotions; Resistance; Urban and Suburban Inequality; Race & Space; Qualitative Research Methods
Specializations: United States History
Office: PLN-106 Phone: (657) 278-2791
Specialization: Black business development
Specialization: Black Arts Movement, Black Arts Movement and African American Literature
Specialization: Black Latinx identity, and education
Lecturer – Retired
Specializations: Antebellum South/Civil/ War/Reconstruction; American Women's History; Oral and Community History
Specializations: Cultural Studies, Theory and Media with an emphasis in African American Literature, History and Culture
Group Faculty photo: Photo by Cindy Rouze