Associate Professor


  • Office Hours:

    Spring 2024, T 1-2 PM in 215 Eddy, Th 1-2 PM in B/AACC (LSC)
  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Associate Professor
  • Concentration:

    • African American Studies
  • Department:

    • Ethnic Studies
  • Education:

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


Dr. Ray Black is an assistant professor of ethnic studies focusing on African American studies. His primary academic focus is on how current students of color, from early childhood through graduate school, succeed. His secondary 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. 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.


Black, R. (2004). Where Did We Go Wrong?: Bill Cosby and the Anxiety of Communal Responsibility. The Black Scholar, 34(4), 16–19.

Black, R. (2015). BLACK ETHNICS: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream by Christina M. Greer. American Studies, 54(1), 135–137.

Black, R., & Bimper, A. Y. (2017). Successful Undergraduate African American Men’s Navigation and Negotiation of Academic and Social Counter-Spaces as Adaptation to Racism at Historically White Institutions. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 152102511774720.

Black, R. (2018). “What Is Said Here”: Reflections on an Informal Community for Black Men at an Historically White Institution. About Campus, 22(6), 10–17.

Kim, J. K., Basile, V., Jaime-Diaz, J., & Black, R. (2018). Internal Orientalism and multicultural acts: The challenges of multicultural education in Korea. Multicultural Education Review, 0(0), 1–15.

Ferrell, A. L., & Black, R. (2019). Of the Coming of John: A Contemporary Counter-Story of Race and Gifted Education. Urban Education, 0042085919842628.

Basile, V., York, A., & Black, R. (2019). Who Is the One Being Disrespectful? Understanding and Deconstructing the Criminalization of Elementary School Boys of Color. Urban Education, 004208591984262.

First Generation Story

I left home with a one-way plane ticket, a duffel bag, radio, and about twenty dollars. I earned my bachelor's degree in English twenty years later after having gone through several community colleges and universities. My experience spans dropping out because of grades, not having the funds to continue, having incompetent advice as well as being awarded scholarships, being invited to particiapte in academic programs and being mentored by scholars who saw my future instead of my past. My research, teaching and mentorship attempts to honor and follow in the footsteps of those who saw me as a success.


  • ETST/HIST 250 – African American History

    Through a survey and examination of African American Art (poetry, literature, music, and cinema), this course explores the African American Experience in the United States and provides an introduction to African American Studies. Drawing from a variety of primary and secondary sources, students will engage with some of the history, development, and circumstances of African Americans in the United States.

  • ETST 330 – African American Resistance and Self-Creation

  • ETST 242 – African American Creative Expression

  • ETST 354 – Black Cinema and Media

  • ETST 310 – African American Studies