Our Mission

The Black Studies Colloquium (BSC) provides a space for interdisciplinary discussion and the development of scholarship for all faculty interested in Black Studies across  Baruch College. Our events series provide a forum for faculty to engage with exciting scholars, activists, and public intellectuals whose works speak to issues critical to Black Studies. We support Baruch faculty lectures and works-in-progress discussions, writing workshops, and professional development opportunities and exchanges.

To see recordings select past events, go to our archive page.

Baruch faculty interested in workshopping material, proposing readings, or other related events should email the director of the Black Studies Colloquium, Erica Richardson at Erica.Richardson@baruch.cuny.edu.

Co-Directors of the Black Studies Colloquium 2022-2023

Erica Richardson (English, Weissman School of Arts and Sciences)


Dr. Erica Richardson’s interests include African American periodicals, African American Drama, the Harlem Renaissance, and gender and sexuality studies. Her manuscript project, Empirical Desires: Data and the Aesthetics of the Negro Problem frames and explores the work of Black authors and intellectuals such as W.E.B. Du Bois, Ida B. Wells, Charles Johnson, Angelina Grimke, Willis Richardson, and Ann Petry in the context of different iterations of data about Black life from the Progressive era to the mid-twentieth century.

Rojo Robles (Black and Latino Studies, Weissman School of Arts and Sciences)


Dr. Rojo Robles is a writer, filmmaker, and professor born and raised in Puerto Rico.  His interdisciplinary research interests are located at the intersection between Latin American and Caribbean Literature and Film and Afro-Latinx Sound and Cultural Studies. He has been researching and writing about Caribbean Black films, cinegraphic literature in Latin America and is developing a book project on Afro-Boricua expansive poetics. He has published articles in SX SalonSmall Axe Project, The Puerto Rico Review, Revista Cruce, Revista Iberoamericana and has been a cultural critic at 80grados.net for more than a decade.


Black Studies Colloquium Board 2021-2023

Angie Beeman (Marxe School of Public and International Affairs)


Dr. Angie Beeman’s research examines how racism and anti-blackness evolve and are reproduced within institutions and progressive organizations, in particular. She addresses how organizations can build more equitable environments as well as the challenges diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives pose for Black faculty and faculty of color. she has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes and is writing a book entitled “Liberal White Supremacy: The Role of Progressives in Silencing Racial and Class Oppression.”

Anna D’Souza (Marxe School of Public and International Affairs)

Dr. Anna D’Souza is a development economist who tries to understand factors and inform policies related to poverty and development. Her research areas include food and nutrition security, price shocks, household coping mechanisms, conflict and instability, governance, and trade. She teaches courses on economic analysis of public policy and international development. Her professional website features a list of her publications. Professor D’Souza holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Economics from UCLA and a B.S. in Finance and Economics from the Stern School at NYU

Zachariah Mampilly (Marxe School of Public and International Affairs)


Dr. Zachariah Mampilly is the Co-Founder of the Program on African Social Research which works to promote junior scholars based at African institutions. His work focuses on violent and non-violent movements in Africa and South Asia. He is the author of Rebel Rulers: Insurgent Governance and Civilian Life during War  (Cornell U. Press 2011) and with Adam Branch, Africa Uprising: Popular Protest and Political Change (African Arguments, Zed Press 2015).  He is the co-editor of Rebel Governance in Civil Wars  (Cambridge U. Press 2015) with Ana Arjona and Nelson Kasfir; and Peacemaking: From Practice to Theory (Praeger 2011) with Andrea Bartoli and Susan Allen Nan.