Justin Gomer – Faculty Bio


Justin Gomer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of American Studies

Office: F02-105A
Fall 2020 Office Hours: TBD

Ph.D., African American Studies, UC Berkeley 
M.A., African American Studies, UC Berkeley 
B.A., African American Studies, UC Berkeley 

Courses Taught
AMST 142: Race and Hollywood
AMST 419: The Suburbs 
AMST 495: The American Studies Mixtape
AMST 498: Senior Seminar in American Studies


Justin Gomer, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of American Studies at California State University, Long Beach. He is the author of White Balance: How Hollywood Shaped Colorblind Ideology and Undermined Civil Rights (UNC Press, 2020). In addition, his work appears in Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and SocietyThe Washington Post, Boston Review, Black Perspectives, and YES! Magazine, among others. Dr. Gomer earned his Ph.D. in African American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. 


White Balance: How Hollywood Shaped Colorblind Ideology and Undermined Civil Rights. Studies in United States Culture Series. UNC Press, 2020.

Peer-Reviewed Articles & Chapters

“Coaching While Black: The NFL’s Rooney Rule and the Myth of The Pipeline.” Journal of Sport and Social Issues. Co-Authored with Shaun Ossei-Owusu. Forthcoming.

“They Should Have Called Katrina, ‘Gone with the Wind’: Charles Burnett’s Quiet As Kept and the Neoliberal Racial State.” Souls–A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society. Vol. 19, No. 2, April-June 2017, pp. 162-176.

“Leave the Prejudice, Take the Power: Race in Hollywood in the 21st Century.” In Race Still Matters: African American Lived Experiences in the Twenty-First Century, ed. Yuya Kiuchi. SUNY Press, 2016, pp. 301-320.

Opinion Editorials

“‘Not a racist bone in his body’: The origins of the default defense against racism.” The Washington Post. Republished July 16, 2019. Originally published April 11, 2019. Co-Authored with Christopher Petrella.

Housing Discrimination and the Racial Wealth Gap.” KCET.org, Los Angeles Public Television. September 4, 2018.

“How the Reagan Administration Stoked Fears of Anti-White Discrimination.” The Washington Post. October 10, 2017. Co-Authored with Christopher Petrella.

“Reagan Used MLK Day to Undermine Racial Justice.” Boston Review. 16 January 2017. Co-authored with Christopher Petrella.

“Charles Burnett and the Significance of Black Independent Cinema.” Black Perspectives. October 2, 2017.

“White Fragility, Anti-Racist Pedagogy, and the Weight of History.” Black Perspectives. July 27, 2017. Co-authored with Christopher Petrella.  

“The Rent Eats First: Fighting Gentrification in California.” Black Perspectives. May 2, 2017.

“Race and Civil Rights Dramas in Hollywood.” Black Perspectives. March 24, 2017.

“Hollywood and Diversity: Why This Year’s Oscars Matter.” Black Perspectives. February 14, 2017.

“White Supremacy is Not An Illness.” Black Perspectives15 December 2016. Co-authored with Christopher Petrella. Republished on Truthout on 19 December 2016.

“Black Protest, White Backlash and The History of Scientific Racism.” Black Perspectives. 5 October 2016. Co-authored with Christopher Petrella.


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