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UCLA faculty experts advisory: Black History Month

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February is Black History Month, and UCLA is celebrating the occasion with a series of campus events. Following is a list UCLA faculty members with expertise in the areas of African-American history, culture and politics.
 
Darnell Hunt, director of UCLA's Bunche Center for African-American Studies and a professor of sociology, is an authority on race relations, the media's coverage of race-related issues and the depiction of African-Americans in film and television. He is the co-editor of "Black Los Angeles: American Dreams and Racial Realities" (2010). Video: Hunt on "Black Los Angeles."
Media contacts:
Rebecca Kendall | 310-825-1176 | rkendall@support.ucla.edu
Meg Sullivan | 310-825-1046 | msullivan@support.ucla.edu
 
Lisbeth Gant-Britton, who teaches African-American studies at UCLA, is author of the textbook "African-American History" (2008). She is an authority on the origins of Black History Month, the presentation of African-American history in educational textbooks and the role of African-Americans in U.S. history. Video: Gant-Britton on Black History Month.
Media contact:
Meg Sullivan | 310-825-1046 | msullivan@support.ucla.edu
 
Brenda Stevenson, professor of history and African-American studies, is an expert on African-American history and has conducted extensive research on the dynamics of gender, family and community during slavery. She is also the author of "The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins: Justice, Gender, and the Origins of the L.A. Riots" (2013). Radio: Interview with Stevenson.
Media contacts:
Rebecca Kendall | 310-825-1176 | rkendall@support.ucla.edu
Meg Sullivan | 310-825-1046 | msullivan@support.ucla.edu
 
Patricia Turner, a professor of African-American studies and of world arts and cultures, is an expert on African-American history and racial dynamics as they surface in folklore, myth and popular culture. She is the author of "Ceramic Uncles and Celluloid Mammies: Black Images and Their Influence on Culture" (1994), "Whispers on the Color Line: Rumor and Race in America" (2001) and "Crafted Lives: Stories and Studies of African-American Quilters" (2009).
Media contact:
Rebecca Kendall | 310-825-1176 | rkendall@support.ucla.edu
 
Robin D.G. Kelley, UCLA's Gary B. Nash Professor of American History, is an authority on the history of African-American intellectuals and musicians, the black working class, the African diaspora, and constructions of race. Among his books are "Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination" (2002) and "Africa Speaks, America Answers!: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times" (2012). Video: Interview with Kelley.
Media contact:
Meg Sullivan | 310-825-1046 | msullivan@support.ucla.edu
 
Mark Sawyer, associate professor of political science and director of the UCLA Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Politics, specializes in racial politics and the role of young voters in local, state and national elections. Video: Sawyer on Obama inauguration (HLN),
Media contacts:
Rebecca Kendall | 310-825-1176 | rkendall@support.ucla.edu
Meg Sullivan | 310-825-1046 | msullivan@support.ucla.edu
 
Franklin D. Gilliam Jr., dean of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and a professor of political science and public policy, studies national and local politics, racial and ethnic politics, the mass media, and electoral behavior. Video: Gilliam on 2012 presidential race.
Media contacts:
Alex Boekelheide | 310-206-0159 | alex.boekelheide@publicaffairs.ucla.edu
Rebecca Kendall | 310-825-1176 | rkendall@support.ucla.edu
 
Dell Upton, professor of art history, is an authority on civil rights monuments and the politics of the American South. He has researched efforts to commemorate historic sites related to the civil rights movement, particularly along the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail.
Media contact:
Meg Sullivan | 310-825-1046 | msullivan@support.ucla.edu
 
Michael Stoll, professor and chair of public policy at the UCLA School of Public Affairs and associate director of the UCLA Center for the Study of Urban Poverty, is an authority on urban poverty and inequality, specifically the interplay among race and ethnicity, labor markets, geography, and policy.
Media contact:
Alex Boekelheide | 310-206-0159 | alex.boekelheide@publicaffairs.ucla.edu
 
Robert Hill, a professor of history, is an expert on race, class and nationalism, in particular black radicalism in the African diaspora. He is one of the nation's formost experts on black activist Marcus Garvey and is the editor of multiple volumes of "The Marcus Garvey and UNIA Papers." Video: Interview with Hill.
Media contact:
Meg Sullivan | 310-825-1046 | msullivan@support.ucla.edu
 
Vickie Mays, professor of psychology and director of the UCLA Center for Research, Education, Training and Strategic Communication on Minority Health Disparities, is an expert on African-American health issues.
Media contact:
Stuart Wolpert | 310-206-0511 | swolpert@support.ucla.edu
Rebecca Kendall | 310-825-1176 | rkendall@support.ucla.edu
 
Scot Brown, associate professor of history and African-American studies, specializes in African-American history, African-American social and political movements, and African-American popular culture.
Media contact:
Rebecca Kendall | 310-825-1176 | rkendall@support.ucla.edu
 
Paul Von Blum, senior lecturer in African-American studies, is an expert on African-American art and history and the civil rights movement, in which he was actively involved.
Media contact:
Rebecca Kendall | 310-825-1176 | rkendall@support.ucla.edu
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