Associate Professor
Department of African American Studies, Department of American Studies
510 642-3420

Research Expertise and Interest

social movements, visual culture, memory, photography, African American history and culture


Raiford is the author of Imprisoned in a Luminous Glare: Photography and the African American Freedom Struggle (University of North Carolina Press, 2011) and is co-editor with Renee Romano of The Civil Rights Movement in American Memory (University of Georgia Press, 2006). Her work has appeared in numerous academic journals, including American Quarterly, History and Theory, English Language Notes and NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art; museum exhibit catalogs including Edward Kienholz, Five Card Stud 1969-1972, Revisited, (Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2011) and the edited collection Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self, (Harry N. Abrams Press, 2003), a history of race and photography in the United States; and news outlets including Ms. Magazine and AlJazeera English online.

In Research News

September 6, 2011

African American activists have long recognized the potential power of visual imagery to advance their quest for self-determination. Faculty member Leigh Raiford, in a new book, explores the role of photography in the black freedom struggle — from the heyday of the white lynch mob to the Civil Rights movement and the Black Power era.

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