Pamela (Pam) Brooks

  • Jane and Eric Nord Associate Professor of Africana Studies

Areas of Study


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


My areas of interest and expertise include African American history, African American women’s history, South African history, South African women’s history, Black Freedom Movement history, black feminist theories, and black incarceration.

  • “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).

In December 2008, Prof. 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 under way.

In addition, Prof. Brooks continues her comparative/transnational work in African American and Black South African women's histories.


This Week in Photos: Hello Spring!

May 25, 2022

It’s a warm day in Wilder Bowl and the Oberlin community is making the most of it. Some have chosen to spend the day with friends, study, or just have fun like these two handstanding students who also serve as inspiration for this week’s photo series