Africana Studies
Department Chair:
Pam Brooks

Administrative Assistant:
David Divins

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8923
Fax: (440) 775-6485

Rice Hall 29
10 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Pamela (Pam) Brooks

Pamela (Pam) Brooks

Jane and Eric Nord Associate Professor, Chair  
GSFS Advisor

Contact Information


Rice Hall 27
(440) 775-8591

Pam Brooks

Pamela (Pam) Brooks

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, New York University, 1974
  • Master of Arts, Univ Massachusetts Amherst, 1994
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Northeastern University, 2000

Areas of Expertise:

African American history; African American women's history; South African history; South African women's history; Black Freedom Movement history; Black Feminist theories; Black incarceration

Current Research:

In December 2008 Ms. Brooks published her first book, Boycotts, Buses, and Passes: Black Women's Resistance in the U. S. South and South Africa (UMass Press). A collaborative book project with her father Owen Brooks, a Mississippi Freedom Movement veteran, is currently underway. In addition, Ms. Brooks continues her comparative/transnational work in African American and Black South African women's histories.

Recent Publications:

"The Montgomery Bus Boycott" in The Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora (ABC-CLIO, Inc.)

"Gwendolyn M. Patton" and "Idessa Williams Redden" in The African American National Biography (Oxford University Press)

"Crossing Borders: A Black Feminist Approach to Researching the Comparative Histories of Black Women's Resistance in the U. S. South and South Africa" in South Africa and the United States Compared: The Best of Safundi, 2003-2004 (Safundi Publications and Routledge, 2005).