Africana Studies
Department Chair:
Pam Brooks

Administrative Assistant:
Rejoice Acolatse

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
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).