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

Charise Cheney
Academic Areas:
African American, Black, Pop Culture, Race, Gender, Sexuality, Rap, Music, Politics, Activism

Charise Cheney is an academic expert in African American pop culture and how it relates to race, gender, and sexuality. At the University of Oregon, she is an associate professor of ethnic studies. Her recent work focuses the use of Black stereotypes, (i.e., "blackification") 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.

Contact: | 541-346-9134


Recent Media:
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, Think Out Loud, March 7, 2016)