The Center for Black Studies strives for excellence in research and teaching. Faculty
affiliates have numerous publications in civil rights history, race in media, southern
cultural studies, Black musical traditions, educational inequality, Jim Crow politics,
gender studies, and African American literary studies. Affiliates develop popular
courses based on their interdisciplinary research that attract students to the Black
Leslie A. Anderson, Ph.D.
Leslie A. Anderson, Ph.D., LMFT is a Family Scientist, Family Therapist, and Assistant
Professor of Child and Family Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi.
Dr. Anderson earned her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Science with an emphasis
in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Georgia. Her research broadly
focuses on Black American familial processes and specifically, their processes of
racial socialization. Her scholarship is rooted in a commitment to social justice
and undergirded by Critical Race Theory. In her clinical work, she is intentional
about practicing as a culturally responsive practitioner with underrepresented and
underserved groups. She has 10+ years of experience providing community and home-based
behavioral health services to impoverished and rural families in MS and GA.
Andrew Gutkowski, Ph.D.
Andrew Gutkowski is an Assistant Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies,
where he teaches courses in Environmental Justice, Social Advocacy, and Black Studies.
He has a Ph.D. in History from the University of South Carolina (2020) with concentrations
in Modern U.S., African American, and Environmental History. His current book project
explores how post-war struggles over civil rights and industrial pollution in the
U.S. South shaped the uneven distribution of environmental hazards – toxic waste facilities,
Superfund sites, brownfields – that defines much of the region’s industrial landscape
today. His research has recently been published in The Journal of American History.
Alyssa Bass, ’20
• Major: News-Editorial Journalism
For Alyssa Bass, ’20, Black Studies emphasized the importance of learning history, framing Black people as change agents, and recognizing everyone in the African Diaspora.
Jonathan Puckett, ’20
• Major / Minor: English, History / Black Studies
Jonathan Puckett, ’20, was writing his Honors thesis on the literature of Pauline Hopkins, an African American writer and activist-intellectual from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Naturally, the Black Studies minor enhanced his thesis by grounding it in existing scholarly discussions.
This course will examine narratives of racial terrorism in African American literature and journalism from 1880-1910. We will focus on writings that address the problem of "race"—how ideologies of white supremacy threaten Black citizenship—and the rampant racial violence that targeted African Americans especially in the Deep South as meticulously covered in the pages of Black publications (as compared also to coverage in white publications). With emphasis on the life and legacy of Ida B. Wells-Barnett, we will study her anti-lynching campaign as promoted in her series of publications: Southern Horrors (1892), A Red Record (1895) and Mob Rule in New Orleans (1900). Students will also conduct archival research in newspaper databases to understand better the spectacle of public lynchings in America during the early days of Jim Crow segregation.
*This course is open only to students enrolled in the Honors College.