Noliwe Rooks

Associate Professor in Africana Studies and Feminist, Gender, Sexuality Studies

Cornell University

Director of Graduate Studies

Cornell University

Noliwe Rooks is an associate professor of Africana Studies, American Studies and Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Cornell University. She received her B.A. in English from Spelman College and her M.A. and Ph.D in American Studies from the University of Iowa. An interdisciplinary scholar, Rooks works on: the racial implications of beauty, fashion and adornment; racial inequality in education; race, migration and urbanization and Black women's studies. She has received grants from the Ford Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Educational Research Fund and the Social Science Research Council. Her publications include Hair Raising: Beauty, Culture and African American Women (1996), Ladies' Pages: African American Women's Magazines and the Culture That Made Them (2004)and White Money/Black Power: The History of African American Studies and the Crisis of Race in Higher Education (2006).