(Photo Courtesy of William "Bill" Caise)
Dr. Casarae L. Gibson is an assistant professor of African American Studies at Syracuse University. Her working manuscript examines recent conversations surrounding protest and civil unrest in the United States and how literature and artistic expression found in the works of Henry Dumas, Sonia Sanchez, John Edgar Wideman, Anna Deavere Smith and Spike Lee plays an undeniable role in shaping our national consciousness about protest and resistance. Her scholarship can be found in the National Journal of Urban Education and Practice and forthcoming in Black Camera: An International Film Journal. She teaches courses including: Protest Movements and African American Art and Literature, African American Literature 20th and 21st Centuries, African American Popular Culture, The Black Athlete, and Pan-Africanism and Black Power Ideology.
Gibson received her masters and doctorate degrees in English at Purdue University with a concentration in African American literature. Subsequently, she received her bachelor of arts degree from Johnson C. University with honors.
Casarae has served in various capacities in academia most notably as scholar-in-residence for Black Thought Collective at Purdue University's Black Cultural Center. In this position she served as advisor to undergraduate and graduate students interested in scholarly research in the African Diaspora. Under Dr. Gibson's leadership, Purdue students have presented their research at the National Council of Black Studies and Association for Black Culture Centers. Casarae also implemented a book reading series in 2012 (ongoing) which features leading scholars at Purdue giving presentations on the latest books in African American Studies. She has also taught English Composition for Purdue and Ivy-Tech Community College.
In her spare time, Casarae is involved in her community, most notably serving as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., is a spoken-word artist, and plays golf.
Below, is an example of the work that Gibson and her fellow colleagues worked on semester long at the Black Cultural Center. The video is a short documentary about their annual fall research tour, where they go to different locations around the United States and Abroad learning about African and African American/Caribbean Diasporic history. In this particular video they went to Philadelphia, PA to study the Black Power Movement.