Dr. Elwood Watson - Higher Education

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Dr. Elwood Watson
Dr. Elwood Watson is a professor of history, African American Studies, and Gender Studies at East Tennessee State University. He is the author of several books and articles. His latest work Performing American Masculinities: The 21st Century Man in Popular Culture published by Indiana University Press.


The Season of Racial Discontent

by | September 10, 2010
For anyone who thought the election of Barack Obama ushered in an era of post-racial harmony, s [...] Read more

Ongoing Debates Continue to Plague Black Studies

by | August 13, 2010
A recent article written by Howard University student Aleesa Mann that appeared on the website [...] Read more

Nation’s Woes Spur More Americans to Embrace Religion

by | July 15, 2010
A few weeks ago, I was baptized. The fact that I did not get baptized until my fourth decade of [...] Read more

The Multi-Faceted Dimensions of Bullying

by | June 18, 2010
Aggressive behavior is a problem that spans across all ages, socioeconomic and racial groups. I [...] Read more

Whose Adoption Is It Anyway?

by | May 20, 2010
What do Sandra Bullock, Madonna, Michelle Pfeiffer and Angelina Jolie have in common? If you ar [...] Read more

Ugly Resistance Against the President Continues

by | April 29, 2010
Read the following examples: On April 15 (income tax day), more than 10,000 members of the rece [...] Read more

The Racial Politics of Miss America

by | March 19, 2010
I remember the date, September 17, 1983. I was in high school. I had just gotten off work at th [...] Read more

Black Hollywood’s Historical Complexity

by | February 9, 2010
As I reviewed the 2009 Oscar nominations, I noticed the substantial number of Black nominees. G [...] Read more

The Gender Imbalance on College Campuses

by | January 11, 2010
During the past few years, I have walked into a number of classes I’ve taught, looked around [...] Read more

Racial and Gender Myths Surrounding College Admissions

by | December 11, 2009
A few weeks ago, I was listening to the radio in my car as I was on my way to one of the local [...] Read more

Racial Mis-Profiling Affects Black Men More Acutely

by | November 10, 2009
In my previous column, I took the position that Black men tend to bear the brunt of many of soc [...] Read more

Too Much Venom Aimed at Black Men

by | October 15, 2009
Last month at the MTV Video Music Awards, Kanye West ambushed the stage and grabbed the microph [...] Read more

We Should Be Realistic About Racial Representation in Television

by | September 17, 2009
Over the next few weeks, the American public will be introduced to many new comedies, dramas, [...] Read more

The Growing Intolerance Must Be Confronted

by | August 20, 2009
Think about the following: • Former Alaska governor and Republican vice-presidential candidat [...] Read more

Michael Jackson: A Transformative Human Being

by | July 20, 2009
Okay. I will confess that I was a huge Michael Jackson fan! From the time I was a teenager, I r [...] Read more