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Research Expertise and Interest

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

Research Description

Leigh Raiford is a professor of African American Studies, where she teaches, researches, writes and curates about race, gender, justice and visuality. She is the inaugural director of the Black Studies Collaboratory, a three year project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She also serves as affiliate faculty in the Program in American Studies, and the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies.

In the News

Prof traces role of photography in black freedom struggle

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.

Featured in the Media

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April 4, 2024
Arthur Lubow

“Often we see photographs of demonstrations and confrontations between protesters and the police. Here you see the unsexy work of social movements," said Leigh Raiford, professor of African American Studies who edited the visual series.

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