The Erasure of Black Studies in the US

We speak with Jelani Cobb and Lasana Hotep about the erasure of Black Studies in the United States.

Jelani Cobb joined the Journalism School faculty in 2016 and became Dean in 2022. He has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2015 and received a Peabody Award for his 2020 PBS Frontline film “Whose Vote Counts?”.  He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Commentary in 2018 and has been a political analyst for MSNBC since 2019. (

Lasana O. Hotep is an antiracist/antisexist educator, writer, and equity-advancing executive coach. He writes and speaks globally about educational equity, anti- Blackness, and racial justice within organizations and society at-large. He has delivered transformative, multi-media presentations throughout the United States and abroad in Beijing, China and Accra, Ghana. (

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