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Submissions from 2021

Archaeology of Historic Kormantse and the Colonial Trans-Atlantic Encounter, E. Kofi Agorsah

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Did Europe Bring Homophobia to Africa?, Bright Alozie

Tired, but Hopeful, Lisa K. Bates

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In Unprecedented Times, Nothing Less Than Universal Rent Relief Will Do, Lisa K. Bates

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Cost of Oregon Evictions Report, Lisa Bates, Marisa Zapata, Jacen Greene, and Stefanie Knowlton

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Cost of Oregon Evictions Report (Updated), Lisa Bates, Marisa Zapata, Jacen Greene, and Stefanie Knowlton

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PSU Proposes Race Studies Mandate, Beverly Corbell and Ethan Johnson

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Opportunity in the Crisis: Findings from a Year of Research on Renters in the Pandemic and the Programs Needed to Stabilize Them, Mary K. Cunningham, Lisa Bates, Erika Poethig, Mark Treskon, Emma Foley, Reed Jordan, Elijah de la Campa, Nathaniel Decker, Lauren Lowery, Mercedeh Mortazavi, and Ingrid Gould Ellen

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Social Health: Healthy Birth Initiative, Episode 49 (Audio File), Autumn Davidson and Roberta Hunte

Roberta Hunte: I Feel Rage (Episode 11), Roberta Hunte and Bobby Bermea

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“Black Nurses in the Home is Working”: Advocacy, Naming, and Processing Racism to Improve Black Maternal and Infant Health, Roberta Hunte, Susanne Klawetter, and Sherly Paul

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Another World Is Possible: Afro-futurism, Transformative Justice, and Pleasure Activism, Walidah Imarisha and Adrienne Maree Brown

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Imagining a More Just Future, Walidah Imarisha, Grace L. Dillon, and Kai Hang Cheang

Understanding the Afro-Ecuadorian Educational Experience: Anti-Blackness, Schooling, and the Nation, Ethan Johnson

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Blacks in Oregon, Darrell Millner

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Think Out Loud: ‘This is Portland’ Ad Campaign Draws Mixed Reactions, Julie Sabatier, Geoff Norcross, Lisa Bates, Alex Zielinski, and Amy Lewin

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Can Preference Policies Advance Racial Justice?, Amie Thurber, Lisa Bates, and Susan Halverson

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Evaluating the N/NE Preference Policy, Amie Thurber, Lisa Bates, and Susan Halverson

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Innovative Praxis: Abolition Planning & Afrofuturism, Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson, Free Bangura, Sherri Franklin, Terry Scott, Roland Wiley, Jazslyn (NYC Artist), and Lisa Bates

Submissions from 2020

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Albina Zone (Presentation), Lisa Bates

Equity Planning When the Rubber Meets the Road: Adopting Inclusionary Housing Policies in Portland, Oregon, Lisa K. Bates

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Stability, Equity, and Dignity: Reporting and Reflecting on Oregon Tenant Experiences During the Covid-19 Pandemic, Lisa K. Bates

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Black Freedom Beyond Borders: Memories of Abolition Day, Amber Butts, Ayize Jama-Everett, Calvin Williams, Donte Clark, Lisa Bates, Naudika Williams, Shawn Taylor, Walidah Imarisha, and Amir Kadar

Evolving Narratives: Expanding Imagination and Mobilizing Voices for Change, Amanda Smith Byron, Sally Eck, and Roberta Hunte

A Dialogue on Displacement as Entwined Colonialism, Matt Hern and Lisa K. Bates

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Toxic Stress Among Black and African American Oregonians, Roberta Hunte and Margaret J.F. Braun

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Healthy Birth Initiatives: The Road Toward Reproductive Justice, Roberta Hunte, Susanne Klawetter, and Sherly Paul

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Exploring Experiences of Postsecondary Education for Adult Learners from Communities of Color in Oregon, Roberta Hunte, Gita R. Mehrotra, Miranda Mosier, Eva Skuratowicz, Kylee Sanders, Kevin Cherry, and Anita Gooding

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We are BRAVE: Expanding Reproductive Justice Discourse through Embodied Rhetoric and Civic Practice, Roberta Hunte and Catherine Ming T’ien Duffly

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How Oregon’s Racist History Can Sharpen Our Sense of Justice Right Now, Walidah Imarisha

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Octavia E. Butler, Visionary Fiction, and Social Change, Walidah Imarisha

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Rememory, Walidah Imarisha

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The Truth About Alonzo, Walidah Imarisha

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Confronting Hate: Uncovering The Hidden History of Anti-Black Racism in Oregon, Walidah Imarisha, Bob Horenstein, E. D. Mondaine Rev., and Emmett Wheatfall

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Black Males and Complexion and Phenotype: A Case Study of Portland, Oregon, Ethan Johnson

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Living and Working in a White Homeland: A Challenge to be Heard and Recognized, Ethan Johnson

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Educación, Negritud y Nación: Políticas de Inclusión Educativa para Afrodescendientes en Ecuador, Ethan Johnson and John Antón

Locked into Emissions: How Mass Incarceration Contributes to Climate Change, Julius Alexander McGee, Patrick Greiner, and Carl Eugene Appleton

Gender Inequality, Reproductive Justice, and Decoupling Economic Growth and Emissions: a Panel Analysis of the Moderating Association of Gender Equality on the Relationship between Economic Growth and CO2 Emissions, Julius Alexander McGee, Patrick Trent Greiner, MacKenzie A. Christensen, Christina Ergas, and Matthew Thomas Clement

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How Long Can Neoliberalism Withstand Climate Crisis?, Julius McGee and Patrick Greiner

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On Capitalist Power, Energy Markets and Climate Crisis at the End of Neoliberalism, Julius McGee and Patrick Greiner

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Racial Justice is Climate Justice: Racial Capitalism and the Fossil Economy, Julius McGee and Patrick Trent Greiner

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Portland's Past, Present, and Possibility, Todd Rosenstiel, Ed Washington, Lisa Bates, and Roberta Hunte

Submissions from 2019

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PSU Black Studies at Risk, Professor Says: Administration Called out for Toxic Environment, Beverly Corbell and Ethan Johnson

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Equity in the Grain System: Corn, Masa and Tortillas in the Pacific Northwest, Pedro Ferbel-Azcarate

The Asymmetry of Economic Growth and the Carbon Intensity of Well-being, Patrick Trent Greiner and Julius Alexander McGee

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From Dissertation to the Stage: Reflections on the use of Theater as Cultural Work for Social Justice, Roberta Hunte

Oregon’s K-12 Ethnic Studies Bill, Shirley A. Jackson

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Blackness and Racial Mixture in Portland, Oregon and Esmeraldas, Ecuador, Ethan Johnson

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Death and Dying as a Black Studies Professor The Toxicity of Racism at Portland State, Ethan Johnson

Renewable Energy Injustice: The Socio-environmental Implications of Renewable Energy Consumption, Julius Alexander McGee and Patrick Trent Greiner

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Voices on Climate Change, Brianne Suldovsky, Annie R. Lindgren, Andres Holz, Melissa Haeffner, and Julius Mcgee

Submissions from 2018

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Beauty and the Rhetoric of Racial Supremacy in Dusk of Dawn, Derrais Carter

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Black Study, Derrais Carter

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Black Wax(ing): On Gil Scott-Heron and the Walking Interlude, Derrais Carter

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“You Can Show a Person Better Than You Can Tell ‘em”: Black Tradeswomen Mitigate Racial and Gender Microaggressions in Construction, Roberta Hunte

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From Mentor to Faculty: Reflections on the Praxis of Care, Roberta Hunte and Joseph Wightman

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Am I Grading Consistently and Effectively?: Developing and Using Rubrics, Shirley A. Jackson

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This is What Diversity Can Look Like, Shirley A. Jackson

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Caged Women Incarceration, Representation, & Media, Shirley A. Jackson and Laurie L. Gordy

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Can Reducing Income Inequality Decouple Economic Growth and CO2 Emissions, Julius Alexander McGee and Patrick Greiner

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Housing Segregation and Resistance in Portland, Oregon, Carmen P. Thompson

Submissions from 2017

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Foreword: Sycorax’s Daughters, Walidah Imarisha

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Alarmed by Trump: Professor Sees Parallels to Era of Martin Luther King Jr., Shirley A. Jackson

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PSU President’s African American, African, and Black Student Success Task Force Report, Shirley A. Jackson, Yves Labissiere, Lisa Bates, Tom Bull, Shanice Clarke, Steven Christian, Tara Cooper, Abel de la Cruz, Noni Causey, Alex Herrrerra, Rene Ingram, Vanelda Hopes, Vandy Kanyako, Marlon DeWayne Marion, Taremeredzwa Mutepfa, Marshawna Williams, Ebony Oldham, and Tiffany Ganir

Book Review of, The Portland Black Panthers: Empowering Albina and Remaking a City, Ethan Johnson

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Herencia y memoria Afro en las Américas. Una mirada a la Pedagogía desde los saberes afrodescendientes, Ethan Johnson

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La Reproducción de Negritud in Murales y Estatus en Esmeraldas, Ecuador, Ethan Johnson

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The Trump Presidency, Ethan Johnson

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How do Slums Change the Relationship between Urbanization and the Carbon Intensity of Well-Being?, Julius McGee, Christina Ergas, Patrick Trent Greiner, and Matthew Thomas Clement

Submissions from 2016

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Navigating an Institution That Wasn’t Created By or For Us, Thuan Duong, Roberta Hunte, and Gita R. Mehrotra

Black Women and Race and Gender Tensions in the Trades, Roberta Hunte

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Angels with Dirty Faces: Three Stories of Crime, Prison, and Redemption, Walidah Imarisha

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Black Americans and the South African Anti-Apartheid Campaign in Portland, Oregon, Ethan Johnson

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Review of The Tragedy of the Commodity: Oceans, Fisheries, and Aquaculture, Julius McGee

Submissions from 2015

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Playing with History: A Black Camera Interview with Kevin Willmott, Derrais Carter

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Black Women and Race and Gender Tensions in the Trades, Roberta Hunte

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Foreword: Escaping the Prism ... Fade to Black, Walidah Imarisha

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Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories From Social Justice Movements, Walidah Imarisha

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Why Aren’t There More Black People in Oregon? A Hidden History, Walidah Imarisha

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Think & Drink with Walidah Imarisha, Walidah Imarisha and Adam Davis

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Walidah Imarisha on Oregon's Legacy of Oppression and Resistance, Walidah Imarisha and Jason Tait

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When Enough is Enough: African American Women Reclaiming Themselves, Shirley A. Jackson

Submissions from 2014

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Routledge International Handbook of Race, Class, and Gender, Shirley A. Jackson

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Afro-Ecuadorian Educational Movement: Racial Oppression, Its Origins and Oral Tradition, Ethan Johnson

Submissions from 2013

Transcending Oppression: Contributions of Maroon Heritage to Freedom in World History, E. Kofi Agorsah

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A Hidden History: The Stories and Struggles of Oregon's African American Communities, Walidah Imarisha

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Scars/Stars, Walidah Imarisha

Submissions from 2012

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Marry Me in Africa, E. Kofi Agorsah

Spiritual Vibrations of Historic Kormantse and the Search for African Diaspora Identity and Freedom, E. Kofi Agorsah

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Race, Sexuality, and the Media: The Demotion of Portland’s Black Chief of Police, Ethan Johnson and Roberta Hunte

Submissions from 2011

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Education in the Black Diaspora: Perspectives, Challenges, and Prospects, Kassie Freeman and Ethan Johnson

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Youth Movement: Building Assets of Community for School Reform, Ethan Johnson and Andraé Brown

Submissions from 2010

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Religion, Ritual and African Tradition, E. Kofi Agorsah

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Desegregation and Multiculturalism in the Portland Public Schools, Ethan Johnson and Felicia Williams

Submissions from 2007

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Good Sista/Bad Sista, Turiya Autry and Walidah Imarisha

Submissions from 2006

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Taíno Survival on Hispaniola, Focusing on the Dominican Republic, Lynne Guitar, Pedro Ferbel-Azcarate, and Jorge Estevez

Submissions from 2005

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Africa and the African Diaspora: Cultural Adaptation and Resistance, E. Kofi Agorsah and Tucker Childs

Submissions from 2003

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An Ethnoarchaeological Analysis of Human Functional Dynamics in the Volta Basin in Ghanaa: Before and After the Akosombo Dam, E. Kofi Agorsah

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Tracking Down The Marrons: Archaeo-Geography Of Marronage In The Caribbean, E. Kofi Agorsah