Curriculum Vitae

Courtney R. Baker

Areas of Expertise

  • Black Studies
  • Film & Visual Studies
  • African American Literature
  • Critical Theory

Book

Humane Insight: Looking at Images of African-American Suffering and Death.New Black Studies series. University of Illinois Press. September 2015. | Paperback published August 2017.

Manuscript-in-progress

Tyranny of Realism: Twenty-First Century Blackness and the Ends of Cinema

Education

September 2008

Ph.D., Program in Literature, Duke University

September 2008 

Certificate, African & African American Studies, Duke University

June 1996

B.A., cum laude, Women’s Studies, Harvard University

Academic Positions

As of August 2019

Visiting Scholar, James Weldon Johnson Institute, Emory University

Associate Professor, Department of English, University of California-Riverside (on leave)

2019–Present (on leave 2019–2020)

Associate Professor, Department of English, University of California-Riverside

2019–2020

Visiting Scholar, James Weldon Johnson Institute, Emory University

2017–2019

Chair and Co-Founder, Black Studies, Occidental College

2016–2019

Associate Professor, American Studies, Occidental College

2015–2016

Director, Africana Studies, Connecticut College

2015

Co-Director, Africana Studies, Connecticut College

2014–2016

 Associate Professor, Department of English, Connecticut College

2008–2014

Assistant Professor, Department of English, Connecticut College

2006–2008

Instructor, Department of English, Connecticut College

2005–2006

Visiting Instructor, Department of English, Connecticut College

2004–2005

Visiting Instructor/Dissertation Fellow, English Department, Denison University

Awards and Honors

2019–2020

Visiting Scholar, James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference, Emory University

2018

Faculty Enrichment Grant, Occidental College

2018

Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies (alternate)

2017

Faculty Enrichment Grant, Center for Teaching and Learning (additional funds supplied by the President and Dean of Faculty), Occidental College

2013

President’s Fund Research Matters Award, Connecticut College

2011

Fellow, Center for the Critical Study of Race & Ethnicity, Connecticut College (declined)

2010–2011

Sherman Fairchild Fellow, Connecticut College

2004–2005

Pre-Doctoral Dissertation Fellow, Denison University