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Who Gets Their Own Academic Discipline Anyway? A Commentary on the Naomi Schaefer Riley/Black Studies Controversy


by Fabio Rojas - June 29, 2012

This commentary is a response to an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Naomi Schaefer Riley on the continuing relevance of Black Studies. I discuss the different ways that academic disciplines justify themselves and argue that Black Studies has come a long way but still needs to address longstanding problems.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: June 29, 2012
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 16808, Date Accessed: 8/5/2020 9:53:28 PM

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  • Fabio Rojas
    Indiana University
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    FABIO ROJAS is an associate professor of sociology at Indiana University. He is the author of From Black Power to Black Studies: How a Radical Social Movement Became an Academic Discipline (2007, The Johns Hopkins University Press). He has published in academic journals such the Academy of Management Journal, Social Forces, and the Journal of Black Studies. His current work focuses on antiwar protest during the Bush and Obama administrations. He has also written an advice book for graduate students and tenure-track professors called Grad Skool Rulz: Everything You Need to Know about Academia from Admissions to Tenure.
 
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