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Dr. Derrick R. Brooms

El-Ra Adair Radney
Professor, Sociology & Africana Studies
University of Tennessee
1207 McClung Tower, Knoxville, TN 37996


Derrick R. Brooms, Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago, Professor of Sociology & Africana Studies, is a scholar-activist and serves as a youth worker as well. Through research, teaching, service, and community/collaborative work, Dr. Brooms is committed to educational equity, inclusion, and racial justice. His education research primarily centers on Black men and boys’ pathways to and through college as well as on their engagement on campus and identity development. He also examines Black boys’ and men’s lived experiences and representations in the media as well as the collegiate experiences of Black and Latino men.

Brooms is author of several books, including Being Black, Being Male on Campus: Understanding and Confronting Black Male Collegiate Experiences (2017) and Empowering Men of Color on Campus: Building Student Community in Higher Education (2018). His most recent book, Stakes is High: Trials, Lessons, and Triumphs in Young Black Men's Educational Journeys (2021), takes a sociocultural view of young Black men's lives to understand and appreciate their educational challenges, pursuits, and desires. He also is founding editor of the Critical Race Studies in Education book series with SUNY Press.


Ph.D. Loyola University Chicago, Sociology
Graduate Studies Clark Atlanta University, African and African American Studies
B.A. University of Chicago, African and African American Studies