Intercollegiate Department of Black Studies

Core Faculty


Members of the Core Faculty hold appointments with both the Intercollegiate Department of Black Studies (IDBS) and one of The Claremont Colleges. Core Faculty participate fully in all departmental decisions. Only Core Faculty vote on Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure decisions. The IDBS Chair is held only by tenured Core Faculty.



Halford H. Fairchild

1993-. Pitzer College, Associate Professor, Psychology. Ph.D., University of Michigan.
Publications include four books and articles in anthologies and journals, most recently in American Psychologist, Contemporary Psychology, and The Journal of Black Psychology. Fairchild is editor of Psych Discourse, published monthly by The Association of Black Psychologists.


Lorn Foster

1978-. Pomona College, Professor, Politics. Ph.D., University of Illinois.
Foster has published numerous articles on government policies, race, and voting rights. He is also the author of a book, Jesse Jackson's Campaign: The Primaries and Caucuses. His teaching interests are American national government, Black politics, and public policy.


Stanley O. Gaines, Jr.

1992,-. Pomona College, Assistant Professor, Psychology. Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin.
Gaines has published a number of conceptual and empirical papers on gender, ethnicity, and personal relationship process. His most recent publications have appeared in the journal, American Psychologist, and in a volume of essays, Black Texts and Textuality.


Agnes Moreland Jackson

1969-. Pitzer College, Peter S. and Gloria Gold Professor (1992-97), English and World Literature. Ph.D., Columbia University.
Jackson's publications are in American literature and on cultural and educational values in U.S. society. She has conducted workshops for teachers of Black American literature and was consultant to several college English departments as they brought African American literature into their curricula. Jackson is also active in public affairs. She was elected to two four-year terms on the Pomona School Board.


Phyllis J. Jackson

1993-. Pomona College, Assistant Professor, Art and Art History. Ph.D., Northwestern University.
Jackson's research and teaching interests center on the arts of Africa and the African Diaspora, Black Feminism(s), Women's Studies and Cultural Studies. She curated the art exhibition, "(in)FORMING the Visual: (re)PRESENTING Women of African descent" and has an essay in an upcoming issue of the International Review of African American Art as well as the forthcoming collection Global Black African Diaspora 2000 Series Roots, Routes, and Redefinitions, Vol. I. She is co-producer and co-director of the documentary video "Comrade Sister: Voices of Women in the Black Panther Party" (a work-in-progress). Jackson is co-organizer of IDBS'1997-98 conference, OUTING WHITENESS: interrogating re-presentations of race and racism, February 6-7, 1998

Sidney Lemelle

1986-. Pomona College, Associate Professor, History. Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles.
Published in journals in the United States and in England, Lemelle's work emphasizes African history and Pan-Africanism. He is the author of Pan-Africanism for Beginners and editor of a volume of essays, Imagining Home.


Rita Roberts

1987-. Scripps College, Associate Professor, History. Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley.
Roberts' most recent publication appeared in the journal, Eighteenth-Century Studies. Roberts is the author of a forthcoming book on black political thought in the early republic. She is also working on a multicultural U.S. history survey textbook.


Marie-Denise Shelton

1977-. Claremont McKenna College, Professor, French. Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles.
Shelton has published numerous articles on Caribbean, African, and modern French literature and is the author of a book on the Haitian novel. Her most recent publication appears in the volume entitled, A History of Literature in the Caribbean.


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