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Noliwe Rooks


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Noliwe Rooks, Director of Graduate Studies

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Prof. Rooks is an associate professor in Africana Studies and Feminist, Gender, Sexuality Studies. An interdisciplinary scholar, she works on the racial implications of beauty, fashion and adornment; racial inequality in education; race, migration and urbanization and Black women's studies.

Selected Authored Publications:

  • Hair Raising: Beauty, Culture and     African American Women,     London and New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1996. (Winner, Choice     award for Outstanding Academic Book, 1997 and selected by the     Public  Library Association as an Outstanding University Press Book,     1997).
  • Ladies' Pages: African American     Women's Magazines and the Culture That Made Them, London and New Brunswick:     Rutgers University Press, 2004.
  • White Money/Black Power: The     History of African American Studies and the Crisis  of Race in Higher     Education, Boston:     Beacon Press, 2006.
  • Associate Editor: Paris     Connections: African American Artists in Paris, 1920-1975, San      Francisco: Q.E.D. Press, 1992 (Winner, 1993 American Book Award).
  • Editor: Black Women's Studies:     A Reader, New York: ProQuest Publishing and the Schomburg Center for     Research in African American Culture, 2005.

Recent Courses Taught:

  • ASRC 3550 – Modeling Race,     Fashioning Beauty