Department Head and Associate Professor of African American Studies, Pennsylvania State University

I'm the Department Head of African American Studies and an Associate Professor of African American Studies and English at the Pennsylvania State University. This year I'm also the Interim Director of the Africana Research Center. My work concerns, race, popular culture and cultures of resistance. My first book _Soul Power_ (Duke UP) was about how filmmakers, writers and activists of color drew inspiration from Third World decolonization movements in crafting their films, manifestos and labor organizing strategies. My current book project is about race and popular culture after 9/11. I'm looking at how black, white and Muslim/Arab racialization has shifted in the War on Terror years by juxtaposing political rhetoric, state policy, policing strategies, and popular culture.

Experience

  • –present
    Interim Director of the Africana Research Center, Pennsylvania State University
  • –present
    Department Head of African American Studies, Pennsylvania State University
  • –present
    Associate Professor of African American Studies and English, Pennsylvania State University