Imani Perry

Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies
Faculty Associate
Program in Law and Public Affairs
Ph.D, American Civilization; J.D.
Harvard University


Imani Perry is the Hughes-Rogers professor of African American studies at Princeton University, where she is also affiliated with the Programs in Law and Public Affairs and Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is the author of: More Beautiful and More Terrible: The Embrace and Transcendence of Racial Inequality in the United States (NYU, 2011) and Prophets of the Hood: Politics and Poetics in Hip Hop (Duke, 2004) as well as numerous articles in the fields of law, cultural studies and African American studies. She has a forthcoming book on the history of the Black National anthem from Oxford University Press and another on gender, neoliberalism and the digital age from Duke University Press.


Number Title Dist. Area
AAS 327 / ENG 379 / GSS 368 Masters of the 20th Century: Lorraine Hansberry LA

This special topics course will focus on artists and intellectuals whose corpus reflects and illuminates 20th century African American life. Lorraine Hansberry, the first African American female playwright to have a play open on Broadway, explored a series of critical themes in her work, including: race, migration, colonialism, gender and social class. In addition to having a distinguished career as a playwright, Hansberry was an activist and advocate for gender and racial justice. Students will study her published and unpublished plays, essays and poetry, as well as relevant social and cultural history and literary criticism.

AAS Subfield: African American Culture and Life

AAS 351 / GSS 351 Law, Social Policy, and African American Women SA

Journeying from enslavement and Jim Crow to the post-civil rights era, this course will learn how law and social policy have shaped, constrained, and been resisted by black women’s experience and thought. Using a wide breadth of materials including legal scholarship, social science research, visual arts, and literature, we will also develop an understanding of how property, the body, and the structure and interpretation of domestic relations have been frameworks through which black female subjectivity in the United States was and is mediated.

AAS 362 / WWS 386 / POL 338 Race and the American Legal Process SA

This course examines the dynamic and often conflicted relationships between African American struggles for inclusion, and the legislative, administrative, and judicial decision-making responding to or rejecting those struggles, from Reconstruction to the passage of the Voting Rights Act. In tracing these relationships we will cover issues such as property, criminal law, suffrage, education, and immigration, with a focus on the following theoretical frameworks: equal protection, due process, civic participation and engagement, and political recognition.

AAS Subfield: African American Culture and Life, Race and Public Policy, Global Race and Ethnicity

Commentary & Talks

1954 - 1969, Conferences in the Field, Religious Thought, Research Talks

Racial Injustice and Religious Response from Selma to Ferguson (2015 AAR Plenary Panel)

Imani Perry and Cornel West
American Politics, Best of Livestream, Current, Public Interviews

What Has the Obama Era Meant for Young Black People?

Imani Perry
Best of Livestream, Current, Feminist Thought, Public Talks

Teaching to Transgress Today: Theory and Practice In and Outside the Classroom

Imani Perry
Keynotes, Public Talks

Repressed, Revoked, Redefined Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote

Imani Perry
Keynotes, Public Talks

With Community and Justice for All: Post-Racist Organizing in the 21st Century

Imani Perry
Neoliberalism, Current, Public Interviews

The Embrace and Transcendence of Racial Inequality in the United States

Imani Perry
Public Talks

Outkasted Conversations: Imani Perry with Regina Bradley

Imani Perry
Research Talks

Knowledge Production and the Fetish of Theory

Imani Perry
Current, Public Talks

Colorblindness and the Myth of Post-Racialism

Imani Perry and Tim Wise