Casarae Gibson

Assistant Professor African American Studies


Research and Teaching Interests

Dr. Casarae L. Gibson examines the representations of African American civil unrest in post-Civil Rights literature. Her dissertation titled, "There's A Riot Going On! Race and Rebellion in Contemporary African American Culture 1964-1992," investigates the diverse aspects of protest in Harlem and Brooklyn, New York, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Los Angeles, California during the Civil Rights Movement into the early 1990s to argue that protest becomes a literary, historical, and political metaphor for understanding African American resistance. Currently, Gibson is expanding her dissertation research into a book manuscript to include current conversations surrounding civil unrest within the United States and how literature and artistic expression plays an undeniable role in shaping our national consciousness about protest and resistance.


  • 20th and 21st Century African American Literature and Culture
  • Protest Movements, Civil Unrest, and Resistance in post-Civil Rights Literature and Discourse
  • Black Arts Movement Poetry, Drama, and Methodology
  • Critical Race Theory
  • African and African American Popular Culture
  • Afrofuturism
  • Hip Hop Studies and Performance

 Current Course


  • Protest Movements and African American Writers




Selected Publications


  • Gibson, Casarae and Venetria K. Patton. “Teaching Anna Deavere Smith’s Twilight through a Critical Race Theory Lens.” The National Journal of Urban Education and Practice 6.1 (2012): 69-83.Print.
  • “John Edgar Wideman,” “Henry Dumas,” “Dorothy Height,” “Russell Simmons,” "Anna Deavere Smith,” and “Aaliyah” for Great Lives from History: African Americans, edited by Carl L. Bankston III for Salem Press, 2011.