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