Ray Black

Assistant Professor


  • Office Hours:

    Fall 2019 - Tuesdays, 10am-12nn & by appointment
  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Assistant Professor
  • Concentration:

    • African American Studies
  • Department:

    • Ethnic Studies
  • Education:

    • Ph.D. University of Chicago, B.A. California State University, Sacramento


Dr. Ray Black is an assistant professor of ethnic studies and director of the department’s internship program. His primary scholarly focus is on representations of Black life in the slave narratives and other nineteenth century documents, and how these depictions conceal various modes of survival through literary irony and the folkloric trickster. His academic focus is on how current students of color, from early childhood through graduate school, succeed. Dr. Black has taught early childhood education (Head Start), has been the coordinator for a non-profit program seeking to keep young men of color in high school, and led campaigns for reform minded school board candidates. He applies these interests and experiences in mentoring current and former students. His research focuses on antebellum slave narratives, nineteenth-century African American literature and history, pedagogy, African American success and retention, and African American literacy education.


  • ETST 250 – African American History

  • ETST 330 – African American Resistance and Self-Creation

  • ETST 555 – African American Intellectual Thought

  • ETST 481A1 – The Magical and Radical Black Movie

  • ETST 310 – African American Studies