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Noliwe M. Rooks

Noliwe M. Rooks is a professor of Africana studies and director of American studies at Cornell University.

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Stories by this Author

  • Backgrounder

    Being a Black Academic in America

    We asked African-American scholars about race, merit, and belonging. Here’s what they told us.
  • Advice

    Knowing When to Teach Current Events

    Five questions faculty members should ask themselves before they weave a recent controversy into their courses.
  • The Chronicle Review

    Black Women’s Status Update

    Whether about Kara Walker or Rihanna, social media provide rare, much-needed forums to opine.
  • The Conversation

    This Is What Racial Inequality Looks Like

    Two black students are accepted into many Ivy League colleges. Noliwe M. Rooks unpacks the backlash.
  • Advice

    Negotiation 101: Women, Don’t Demur

    We tend to want people to just sort of notice how fabulous we are and pay us what they think we are worth.
  • Advice

    Why Can’t We Talk About Race?

    Far too many of us consider the act of discussing structural racism to be racist in and of itself. It’s a problem in society, and it’s a problem in the academy, too.
  • The Chronicle Review

    Review: Race and Reason

    In his latest book, Randall Kennedy argues that one kind of discrimination is necessary to grapple with another.
  • The Conversation

    For Black Students, College Degrees Are Separate and Unequal

    Enrollment gains for black students mask the fact that many of them attend for-profit institutions and graduate with crippling debt, says Noliwe M. Rooks.
  • The Conversation

    When Too Few Minorities Are Too Many

    We should be less compelled by white people who feel they have been robbed of what they are entitled to, and more concerned by students who suffer racial harassment, writes Noliwe M. Rooks.
  • The Review

    The Beginnings of Black Studies

    In the late 1960s, black studies became a part of American higher education. By 1971 more than 500 programs, departments, and institutes had been founded on four-year college campuses; add in black-studies initiatives in those same years at high schools and community colleges, and the number jumps…