Justin Gomer faculty bio


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

Office: F02-105A
Office Hours: Mondays, 3:30-5pm

Ph.D., African American Studies, University of California, Berkeley (2014)
M.A., African American Studies, University of California, Berkeley (2009)
B.A., African American Studies, University of California, Berkeley (2007)

Courses Taught
AMST 142: Race and Hollywood
AMST 300: Introduction to American Studies
AMST 350: California Culture
AMST 419: The Suburbs 
AMST 498: Senior Seminar in American Studies


Justin Gomer, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of American Studies at California State University, Long Beach. 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. Prior to joining the faculty at CSULB, he taught in American Studies at UC Berkeley, where he received the 2016 American Cultures Innovation in Teaching Award. 

His teaching and research focuses on race and cultural history. His current book project, entitled, Colorblindness, the Biopic: Race in the Post-Civil Rights Era, offers an interdisciplinary biography of the racial project of colorblindness. 

Select Publications

Colorblindness, the Biopic: Race in the Post-Civil Rights Era. Book manuscript in progress.

“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.

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.

Review of City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles, 1771–1965, Kelly Lytle Hernandez, University of North Carolina Press, 2017. H-Net California. August 2018.

 Review of Race News: Black Journalists and the Fight For Racial Justice in the Twentieth Century, Fred Carroll, University of Illinois Press, 2017. Journal of Social History.

“Film Blackness, Hollywood Whiteness.” A Review of Film Blackness: American Cinema and the Idea of Black Film, Michael Boyce Gillespie, Duke University Press, 2015. Black Perspectives. 

Review of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, by Ibram X. Kendi. Register of the Kentucky Historical Society. 115(3). Summer 2017.


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