1st Edition

Black Liberation in Higher Education Considerations for Research and Practice

    138 Pages
    by Routledge

    138 Pages
    by Routledge

    In this book on higher education the contributors make The Black Lives Matter (#BLM) their focus and engage in contemporary theorizing around the issues central to the Movement: Black Deprivation, Black Resistance, and Black Liberation.

    The #BLM movement has brought national attention to the deadly oppression shaping the everyday lives of Black people. With the recent murders of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd from state-sanctioned violence by police, the public outrage and racial unrest catapulted #BLM further into the mainstream. Institutional leaders (e.g., provosts, department heads, faculty, campus administrators), particularly among white people, soon began realizing that anti-Blackness could no longer be ignored, making #BLM the most significant social movement of our time.

    The chapters included in this volume cover topics such as white institutional space and the experiences of Black administrators; a Black transnational ethic of Black Lives Matter; depictions of #BLM in the media; racially liberatory pedagogy; campus rebellions and classrooms as sites for Black liberation; Black women’s labor and intersectional interventions; and Black liberation research. The considerations for research and practice presented are intended to assist institutional leaders, policy-makers, transdisciplinary researchers, and others outside higher education, to dismantle anti-Blackness and create supportive mechanisms that benefit Black people, especially those working, learning and serving in higher education. 

    The chapters in this book were originally published in a special issue of International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education.

    Introduction - Black Deprivation, Black Resistance, and Black Liberation: the influence of #BlackLivesMatter (BLM) on higher education

    Chayla Haynes, Milagros Castillo-Montoya, Meseret F. Hailu and Saran Stewart

    1. When the levees break: the cost of vicarious trauma, microaggressions and emotional labor for Black administrators and faculty engaging in race work at traditionally White institutions

    Myntha Anthym and Franklin Tuitt

    2. Teaching a transnational ethic of Black Lives Matter: an AfroCubana Americana’s theory of Calle

    Amalia Dache

    3. Student resistance movements in higher education: an analysis of the depiction of Black Lives Matter student protests in news media

    Meseret F. Hailu and Molly Sarubbi

    4. Racially liberatory pedagogy: a Black Lives Matter approach to education

    Milagros Castillo-Montoya, Joshua Abreu and Abdul Abad

    5. A message for faculty from the present-day movement for black lives

    Chayla Haynes and Kevin J. Bazner

    6. Theorizing Black women’s experiences with institutionsanctioned violence: a #BlackLivesMatter imperative toward Black liberation on campus

    Lori D. Patton and Nadrea R. Njoku

    7. Black Liberation research: qualitative methodological considerations

    Saran Stewart and Chayla Haynes


    Drs. Haynes, Castillo-Montoya, Hailu and Stewart are higher education scholars whose research examines how whiteness and anti-Blackness shapes the experiences of racially minoritized students and faculty and the role of faculty in creating more identity-affirming and racially-just campus learning environments.