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Panel to Focus on Gender and Race in African American Studies

The 2nd Annual CSULA African American Academic Panel is scheduled for Tuesday, February 7, 2006, from 1:30pm-3:00. The panel is sponsored by the English Department, and this year, the interdisciplinary panel will focus on "Issues of Gender and Race in African American Studies."

The event is open to faculty, students and staff, and will be held in Room 144 of the Biological Sciences Building.

Brief biographies of this year's participants are included below.


California State University, Los Angeles

Currently, the Acting Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, Bryant Alexander received his B.A. and M.S. from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, and his Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University. 

picture of Bryant Alexander

In addition to publishing critical articles that assessed the intersection of gender, race, and identity, Dr. Alexander has co-edited the text, Performance Theories in Education: Power, Pedagogy, and the Politics of Identity (2004), and has authored the forthcoming book, Cultural Performance of/in Black Masculine Identity: Ethnographic Explorations of Race, Culture, and Queer Identity.



Alliant International University

A professor of Multicultural Community-Clinical Psychology, Dr. Shorter-Gooden won the 2004 American Book Award for her co-authored book, Shifting: The Double Lives of Black Women in America. After receiving her B.A from Princeton University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, she has served as a Clinical Director at several facilities and an academic who has researched and published on a range of topics, including biraciality and multiculturalism; gender and race; and black women and identity in America.


picture of Kumea Shorter-Gooden


Cal Poly Pomona

Renford Reese has focused his teaching and research in the areas of Politics of Policy Process, Race and the U.S. Criminal Justice System, and Public Sector Leadership. Having earned his B.A. from Vanderbilt University, M.A. from the Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy, and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, Professor Reese has published a host of articles in journals and newspapers. 

Image of Renford Reese

With the publication of his books, American Paradox: Young Black Men (2004) and Leadership in the LAPD: Walking the Tightrope (2005), he has been an international lecturer, speaking at the University of British Vancouver, the University of Toronto, the New Bulgarian University, and the United Nation Research Institute in Geneva, Switzerland. His forthcoming book, Prison Race, investigates prison culture and the politics of race.

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