The Black Press Research Collective (BPRC) is dedicated to generating print and digital scholarship on the Black Press. We are primarily interested in the Black periodical press, although we engage work that embraces a more capacious definition of the Black Press that includes radio and broadcast journalism.


The BPRC is dedicated to training new generations of Black Press scholars, developing Black Press studies as a discipline, and connecting African Diasporic communities to historical and contemporary Black periodicals.

Who We Are

Kim Gallon is the founder and co-director of the BPRC.  She’s also an Associate Professor of Africana Studies at Brown University, Visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins University and the author of the book, Pleasure in the News: African American Readership and Sexuality in the Black Press (Illinois, 2020).

E. James West is co-director of the BPRC. He’s also a Lecturer in Arts and Sciences at University College London and a Visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of three books, most recently Our Kind of Historian: The Work and Activism of Lerone Bennett Jr. (Massachusetts, 2022).

Michael Guy is a Mellon fellow at the BPRC as well as a third-year Ph.D. candidate at George Washington University where he is currently working on his dissertation. Michael is also a visiting student at Johns Hopkins University.