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David Ikard

A headshot of Prof David Ikard, a young black man with a goatee wearing a pinstripe suit and red tie

Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies


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Office: Buttrick 230

Email: david.ikard@vanderbilt.edu

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Education

  • BA – North Carolina State University, 1994
  • MA – North Carolina State University, 1997
  • PhD – University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2002

Specializations

  • African American Literature
  • Black feminist criticism
  • Hip hop culture
  • Black masculinity
  • Whiteness studies

Biography

Professor Ikard is a Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies.  He is the author/co-author of four books, including Breaking the Silence: Toward a Black Male Feminist Criticism (2007)Nation of Cowards: Black Activism in Barack Obama's Post-Racial America (2012), co-authored with Martell Teasley and winner of the Best Scholarly Book Award by DISA in 2013, Blinded by the Whites: Why Race Still Matters in 21st-Century America (2013), and Lovable Racists, Magical Negroes, and White Messiahs (2017). His essays have appeared in African American ReviewMELUSPalimpsest, African and Black Diaspora Journal, The Journal of Black Studies, and Obsidian III.

Portfolio

  • Blinded by the Whites: Why Race Still Matters in the 21st Century (Indiana UP, 2014)
  • Lovable Racists, Magical Negroes, and White Messiahs (UChicago, 2017)