A new book series from Johns Hopkins University Press

Edited by Kim Gallon and E. James West

For information on contributing to the series, please contact Acquisitions Editor Laura Davulis at davulis@jhu.edu



From Freedom’s Journal to the digital age, Black-owned and oriented publications have played a critical role in the struggle for racial justice. From arts and culture to public health and diasporic politics, the Black press has helped to shape, curate, and litigate all aspects of Black life.

This groundbreaking series provides a home for Black press scholarship and the nascent field of Black Press Studies. It is rooted in and helps to extend the work of the Black Press Research Collective, a leading hub for curating and producing knowledge about the Black press in and beyond the United States.

Against the backdrop of ongoing debates around journalistic objectivity and newsroom diversity, new research on the Black American press is vital to unpacking the intersections of race, power, media production, and democratic capitalism. At the same time, our definition of the Black press, and understanding of its impact, is avowedly international. Accordingly, this series welcomes work that interrogates the global politics and circulation of Black American periodicals, as well as the influence of Black-owned and oriented periodicals across the diaspora.

We are particularly interested in scholarship that overlaps with these thematic areas:

  • Gender & Sexuality
  • Public Health and Medicine
  • Arts and Culture
  • Protest and Politics
  • Theory and Pedagogy

KIM GALLON is the author of Pleasure in the News: African American Readership and Sexuality in the Black Press. She is the founder and co-director of the Black Press Research Collective.

E. JAMES WEST is the author of A House for the Struggle: The Black Press and the Built Environment in Chicago, and Our Kind of Historian: The Work and Activism of Lerone Bennett Jr. He is the co-director of the Black Press Research Collective.