My research interests include race, media, and cultural studies.
As Director of UCLA’s Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, I am currently managing several research projects on the experiences of African Americans, as well as a major project focusing on the issue of diversity in the Hollywood entertainment industry.
Screening the Los Angeles “Riots:” Race, Seeing, and Resistance. Cambridge University Press. 1997.
O.J. Simpson Facts and Fictions: News Rituals in the Construction of Reality. Cambridge University Press. 1999.
Representing “Los Angeles:” Media, Space, and Place. In Michael Dear, Editor, From Chicago to L.A.: Making Sense of Urban Theory. Sage. 2001.
Channeling Blackness: Studies on Television and Race in America, Oxford University Press, 2005 (editor)
Black Los Angeles: American Dreams and Racial Realities, NYU Press, 2010 (editor with Ana-Christina Ramon)