Courtney R. Baker

On leave 2019-20 academic year

Associate Professor
Ph.D. Duke University

Courtney R. Baker is Associate Professor in the Department of English at University of California, Riverside. She earned her B.A. in Women’s Studies from Harvard University and her Ph.D. in Literature from Duke University. Her book, Humane Insight: Looking at Images of African American Suffering and Death, was published in the New Black Studies series by the University of Illinois Press in 2015 (a paperback edition was published in 2017). Her research and teaching focus on blackness and visual representation. Her articles have been published in the Journal of American Culture and Parallax and in the online journals ASAP/J, Avidly, Huffington Post: Black Voices, and New Black MAN. Her chapter on African American visual culture in the 1970s will appear in the volume Black Cultural Production after Civil Rights, edited by Robert Patterson, to be published in 2019 by University of Illinois Press. Her current manuscript project, entitled “Tyranny of Realism: Twenty-First Century Blackness and the Ends of Cinema,” examines formalist techniques in recent American and British Black films in order to re-center film art as a site of Black politics and expression. In 2019 – 2020, she is a Visiting Scholar at the James Weldon Johnson Institute at Emory University.