Professor Ikard is Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies. His research and teaching interests include African American Literature, black feminist criticism, hip hop culture, black masculinity and whiteness 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 Review, MELUS , Palimpsest , African and Black Diaspora Journal , The Journal of Black Studies , and Obsidian III .
- Blinded by the Whites: Why Race Still Matters in the 21st Century (Indiana UP, 2014)
- Lovable Racists, Magical Negroes, and White Messiahs (UChicago, 2017)