The Collective: Who We Are

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Kim Gallon is the founder and director of the BPRC.  She is also an Assistant Professor of History at Purdue University and a visiting scholar at the Center for Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University.  Her work on the history of Black newspapers can be found in History Compass and Journalism History.  She is completing a manuscript titled, We Are Becoming a Tabloid Race: The Politics of Gender and Sexuality in the Black Press, 1925-1945.

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Zita Nunes is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Maryland and the co-director of the BPRC. She is currently a visiting researcher at the Center for Migration and Development at Princeton.  Zita received her undergraduate degree in Comparative Literature and Portuguese and Brazilian Studies and Brown and her PhD in Comparative Literature at Berkeley. She has taught at the UFRJ, UFBA, Eduardo Mondlane, and the University of Vienna, Austria and been the recipient of grants from Fulbright and SSRC, among others, and was the invited fellow at Cornell’s Society for the Humanities for the theme, “Diaspora.” The author of Cannibal Democracy: Race and Representation in the Literature of the Americas (Minnesota)which included chapters that focused on the black press in Brazil and the United States,  Zita Nunes is currently at work on a book tentatively titled, The Multiple Selves of James Bertram Clarke: A Model for Comparative Africana Studies, a digital archive of the Portuguese language black press from Portugal, Brazil, Africa, and Asia; and a Pan-African Studies reader of material not originally published in English.

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Moira Hinderer  is a scholar of 20th century African-American history with areas of specialization in the history of childhood and the history of the Black press.  She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 2007.  Her dissertation is titled “Making African-American Childhood: Chicago, 1915-1945.  While at Chicago, she worked on an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation initiative to uncover and describe the archives of the Chicago Defender Newspaper.  In 2007, she began work at Johns Hopkins University as the project manager for a collaboration between Johns Hopkins and the AFRO-American Newspaper, also funded by the Mellon Foundation.  Moira currently works as a lecturer in the Center for Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins teaching classes in urban history and archival methods that utilize the archives of the AFRO Newspaper.  She is completing the manuscript Coming of Age in Chicago: Black childhood, 1915-1954.

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Benjamin Fagan is an Assistant Professor of English at Auburn University.  His research focuses on the early black press, and his work has appeared or is forthcoming in Comparative American Studies, American Periodicals, and African American Review. He is currently completing his first book, The Black Newspaper and the Chosen Nation, which examines how the institutional and material forms of black newspapers helped shape ideas of black chosenness in the decades before the Civil War.  Photo Credit: Martha Stewart.

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Khuram Hussain is an Assistant Professor of Education at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He received his Ph.D. in 2010 from Syracuse University’s Cultural Foundations of Education. His scholarly inquiry focuses on the capacity of schooling to both reproduce social inequity and serve libratory ends. His current research deals with the historic contribution of the radical Black press in reimaging public education as  critical, democratic and multicultural.

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Carrie Teresa is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Niagara University, where she joined the faculty in Fall 2014. She holds a Ph.D. from Temple University’s School of Media and Communication. Her work on race, celebrity culture, and representation in the Black press has appeared in American Journalism, and her current research on race and the politics of memory will soon appear in both the Journal of Black Studies and Howard Journal of Communication. Her research and teaching interests include the Black press, memory studies, celebrity culture, and race and representation. Dr. Teresa was awarded the American Journalism Historians Association’s 2015 Margaret A. Blanchard Prize for her doctoral dissertation, “Looking At The Stars: The Black Press, African American Celebrity Culture, And Critical Citizenship in Early Twentieth Century America, 1895-1935.”