Phone: (310) 267-4304

Office: 264 Haines Hall

Professor, Director of Bunche Center, Chair of Sociology Department

As Director of UCLA’s Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, I am currently managing several research projects on the experiences of African Americans, as well as a major project focusing on the issue of diversity in the Hollywood entertainment industry.

As Director of UCLA’s Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, I am currently managing several research projects on the experiences of African Americans, as well as a major project focusing on the issue of diversity in the Hollywood entertainment industry.

Degrees

Ph. D., University of California, Los Angeles

Publications

Screening the Los Angeles “Riots:” Race, Seeing, and Resistance. Cambridge University Press. 1997.

O.J. Simpson Facts and Fictions: News Rituals in the Construction of Reality. Cambridge University Press. 1999.

Representing “Los Angeles:” Media, Space, and Place. In Michael Dear, Editor, From Chicago to L.A.: Making Sense of Urban Theory. Sage. 2001.

Channeling Blackness:  Studies on Television and Race in America, Oxford University Press, 2005 (editor)

Black Los Angeles:  American Dreams and Racial Realities, NYU Press, 2010 (editor with Ana-Christina Ramon)