Noliwe M. Rooks
Politics of race and beauty; politics of hair in Black communities, aesthetics of race and gender, Black women and material culture; race, education, and philanthropy; segrenomics; urban education reform; race and education; segregation
Current Research Interest
The reality of cannabis legalization efforts compared with their often-stated goals of redressing past individual and community harms caused by aggressive policing and arrests for marijuana convictions in Black communities
Hurston/Wright Legacy Award Finalist for Nonfiction for Cutting School
Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Book for Hair Raising
Public Library Association Award for Outstanding University Press Book for Hair Raising
Rooks, Noliwe. Cutting School: Privatization, Segregation, and the End of Public Education. New York: The New Press, 2017.
Rooks, Noliwe, ed. “Black Fashion: Art. Pleasure. Politics.” Special Issue of Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, no. 37 (2015).