Pamela (Pam) Brooks

  • Jane and Eric Nord Associate Professor of Africana Studies

Education

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

Biography

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.

Fall 2022

African American History Since 1865 — AAST 202
Senior Seminar — AAST 450

Spring 2023

Introduction to Africana Studies — AAST 101
Seminar: Black Feminist Thought: A Historical Perspective — AAST 321

News

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