Charise Cheney, Department of Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies

Charise Cheney

Associate Professor, Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies
Affiliate, History
Practice Areas: African American, Black, Pop Culture, Race, Gender, Sexuality, Rap, Music, Politics, Activism

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Charise Cheney is an academic expert in African American pop culture and how it relates to race, gender, and sexuality. Her recent work focuses the use of Black stereotypes by white artists in their music and videos. Charise’s book, “Brothers Gonna Work It Out: Sexual Politics in the Golden Age of Rap Nationalism,” examines the political expression of rap artists within the historical tradition of Black nationalism.

Recent Media:
African and Indigenous Peoples: An Alliance for Defense, Survival and Revolution (Black Agenda Report, Nov. 23, 2022)
How did white students respond to school integration after Brown v. Board of Education? (The Conversation, Oct. 4, 2021)
Oregon School Boards Grapple with CRT (KLCC, Aug. 18, 2021)
Meghan McCain tried to weigh in on identity politics and fumbled. There's a right way to do it. (USA Today, March 25, 2021)
New Wave Of Social Justice Finds Black And Indigenous Activists United (KLCC, Aug. 6, 2020)
The Brown v. Board of Education case didn’t start how you think it did (The Conversation, May 16, 2019)
Much of what you think you know about Linda Brown – a central figure in Brown v. Board of Education – is wrong (The Conversation, March 30, 2018)
Should UO buildings be renamed? (Oregon Public Broadcasting, March 7, 2016)