Associate Director, Center for African American Studies
Ph.D., University of Iowa
Prof. Rooks is the associate director of the Center for African American Studies at Princeton. Her current intellectual interests involve encouraging students to solve pressing social problems through social entrepreneurship, facilitating research based collaborations between campus units and community partners to address social justice issues such as the environment and urban education reform, and raising awareness of the centrality of race to and for a liberal arts education in America.
Selected Authored Publications:
- Hair Raising: Beauty, Culture and African American Women, London and New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1996. (Winner, Choice awardfor Outstanding Academic Book, 1997 and selected by the Public LibraryAssociation as an Outstanding University Press Book, 1997).
- Ladies' Pages: African American Women's Magazines and the Culture That Made Them, London and New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2004.
- White Money/Black Power: The History of African American Studies and the Crisis of Race in Higher Education, Boston: Beacon Press, 2006.
- Associate Editor: Paris Connections: African American Artists in Paris, 1920-1975, San Francisco: Q.E.D. Press, 1992 (Winner, 1993 American Book Award).
- Editor: Black Women's Studies: A Reader, New York: ProQuest Publishing and the Schomburg Center for Research in African American Culture, 2005.
Recent Courses Taught:
- AAS/SOC 407 - Race, Social Inequality and Education
- AAS/AMS 356 - Migration, Urban Space and African American Culture
- AAS/WMS 311 - Intro to Black Women's Studies