Elwood Watson - Higher Education

Message to our Readers

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.

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

Racial and Religious Extremism Rears Its Ugly Head

by | June 24, 2009
Last month, I wrote a column discussing the racial hostility, paranoia and potential violence t [...] Read more

Sonia Sotomayor: A Fabulous Choice For The Supreme Court

by | June 2, 2009
Even before she was considered to be the front runner as the next Supreme Court Justice, there [...] Read more

Racial Intolerance, Historical Streotypes and Paranoia on the Rerun

by | May 5, 2009
Racial Intolerance, Historical Stereotypes and Paranoia on the Rerun While many Americans of al [...] Read more

Michelle Obama: One Classy, Resilient, Intelligent First Lady

by | April 7, 2009
From the moment her husband became a serious contender for the Democratic nomination, Michelle [...] Read more

The Beleagured Michael Steele

by | March 16, 2009
Several weeks ago, the Republican National Committee  elected Michael Steele as its first Blac [...] Read more

Hiding Behind Racism

by | March 9, 2009
A few weeks ago, I was part of a campus panel discussion that discussed the N-Word, racism and [...] Read more

Defining a Person’s Blackness?

by | February 12, 2009
Last October at an annual conference that highlights various aspects of the Black experience, I [...] Read more