Ray Black

Contact Information

Phone: 9704910208

Email: Ray.Black@colostate.edu

Office: 215 Willard O. Eddy Hall

Office Hours: By appointment only

Role: Faculty

Position: Assistant Professor

Concentration:
  • African American Studies

Department: Ethnic Studies

Biography

Dr. Ray Black is an assistant professor of ethnic studies and director of the department’s internship program. His primary scholarly focus is on representations of Black life in the slave narratives and other nineteenth century documents, and how these depictions conceal various modes of survival through literary irony and the folkloric trickster. His academic focus is on how current students of color, from early childhood through graduate school, succeed. Dr. Black has taught early childhood education (Head Start), has been the coordinator for a non-profit program seeking to keep young men of color in high school, and led campaigns for reform minded school board candidates. He applies these interests and experiences in mentoring current and former students. His research focuses on antebellum slave narratives, nineteenth-century African American literature and history, pedagogy, African American success and retention, and African American literacy education.

Education

Ph.D. University of Chicago, B.A. California State University, Sacramento

Courses

ETST 250 – African American History

ETST 330 – African American Resistance and Self-Creation

ETST 555 – African American Intellectual Thought

ETST 354 – A Century of Black Cinema

ETST 310 – African American Studies