African American

Charise Cheney, Department of Ethnic Studies

Charise Cheney is an expert in African-American pop culture and how it relates to race, gender and sexuality. She studies pop culture phenomena, like the "blackification" of white pop singers, and the history of rap as it ties to black culture and poitics.

Alison Gash, Department of Political Science

Alison Gash is an expert in U.S. courts, gender, race, sexuality, same-sex marriage, constitutional rights and public policy. Her research explores how advocates work to overcome contentious policy debates and how their efforts ultimately influence the "facts on the ground."

Loren Kajikawa, Musicology and Ethnomusicology

Loren Kajikawa is an expert in hip-hop music, American ethnic and protest music. His first book, “Sounding Race in Rap Songs,” traces the changing sounds of race in rap songs over the last 35 years.

Jerry Rosiek, College of Education

Jerry Rosiek is an expert on the patterns of racial and class inequality in schools. He documents the broad effects of institutionalized racism on the minds and hearts of students. Most recently, he has focused on the effects of racial segregation in schools on children. 

Naomi Zack, Department of Philosophy

Naomi Zack is an expert in race, racial profiling, homelessness, feminism, and disaster ethics. Her April 2015 book, “White Privilege and Black Rights” challenges us to re-think social justice and the concepts of privilege through the lens of racial profiling and homicide in American policing.