Media contact: Cynthia Medina, [email protected], 848-445-1940

Rutgers Experts Available to Discuss African American History,  Black History Month

New Brunswick, N.J. (Jan. 31, 2020) – Rutgers scholars are available to discuss the many facets of African American history in advance of Black History Month.

Erica Armstrong Dunbar, a Charles and Mary Beard professor of history at Rutgers–New Brunswick, is an expert on African American women’s history with a specialization in urban slavery, emancipation studies, and the intersection of race and gender in American history. She is the author of She Came to Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman and Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge

Kali Nicole Gross, a Martin Luther King, Jr. professor of history at Rutgers–New Brunswick, is an expert on black women’s experiences in U.S. with a specialization in the criminal justice system. She is also available to discuss Meghan Markle’s navigation of resistance to her presence as a black member of the British royal family.  She is the co-author of the upcoming book, A Black Women’s History of the United States.

Donna Murch, an associate professor of history at Rutgers–New Brunswick, is an expert in mass incarceration and the war on drugs, as well as the history of the Black  movement and other civil rights and social movements in California. Her research and essays were featured in Stanley Nelson, Jr.’s Black Panther Party documentary, “Vanguard of the Revolution.”  

Derrick Darby, a Henry Rutgers professor of philosophy, is an expert in social and political philosophy, inequality, democracy, and relationships between hip hop, politics and philosophy. He is the founding director of the Rutgers Social Justice Solutions Research Collaboratory and coauthor of Hip Hop and Philosophy: Rhyme 2 Reason and The Color of Mind: Why the Origins of the Achievement Gap Matter for Justice .

All experts can be reached by emailing Cynthia Medina at [email protected].  




Broadcast interviews: Rutgers University–New Brunswick has broadcast-quality TV and radio studios available for remote live or taped interviews with Rutgers experts. For more information, contact Neal Buccino [email protected]



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