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  • Jane and Eric Nord Associate Professor of Africana Studies


  • BA, New York University, 1974
  • MA, Univ Massachusetts Amherst, 1994
  • PhD, Northeastern University, 2000


Areas of Expertise:

African American history; African American women's history; South African history; South African women's history; Black Freedom Movement history; Black Feminist theories; Black incarceration

Recent Publications

  • "The Montgomery Bus Boycott" in The Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora (ABC-CLIO, Inc.)
  • "Gwendolyn M. Patton" and "Idessa Williams Redden" in The African American National Biography (Oxford University Press)
  • "Crossing Borders: A Black Feminist Approach to Researching the Comparative Histories of Black Women's Resistance in the U. S. South and South Africa" in South Africa and the United States Compared: The Best of Safundi, 2003-2004 (Safundi Publications and Routledge, 2005).

Current Research

In December 2008 Ms. Brooks published her first book, Boycotts, Buses, and Passes: Black Women's Resistance in the U. S. South and South Africa (UMass Press). A collaborative book project with her father Owen Brooks, a Mississippi Freedom Movement veteran, is currently underway. In addition, Ms. Brooks continues her comparative/transnational work in African American and Black South African women's histories.