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Todd Boyd

The Katherine and Frank Price Endowed Chair for Study of Race and Popular Culture
Work Phone: 213.740.3334
Office: SCA 320

Christine Acham received her PhD in Critical Studies from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. Prior to joining USC she was an Associate Professor at the University of California-Davis where she taught African American film, television and popular culture, documentary history and production in both the US and Trinidad and Tobago. She is the author Revolution Televised: Prime Time and the Struggle for Black Power, (University of Minnesota Press, 2005) and several articles on African American film, television documentary and web series.  She also co-directed and edited the award winning documentary Infiltrating Hollywood: The Rise and Fall of the Spook Who Sat by the Door (2011) which has screened at over 20 national and international film festivals and universities.  She is currently a member of the editorial board of the journal Film Quarterly.

Recent Articles

“Cosby Show” How to Watch Television, New York: New York University Press, (2013)

“Blacks in the Future: Braving the Frontier of the Web Series,”Watching While Black: Centering the Television of Black Audiences, New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers UP, (2012.)

“We Shall Overcome: Preserving History and Memory in Spike Lee’s 4 Little Girls,” The Spike Lee Reader.  Philadelphia: Temple University Press. (2008)

“I’m Rich Bitch!: Comedy of Chappelle’s Show,” Cable Visions: Television Beyond Broadcasting. New York: NYU Press. (2007.)

Books Written:

Out of Bounds: Sports, Media, and the Politics of Identity (co-editor, Indiana University Press, 1997)

Am I Black Enough for You?: Popular Culture from the ‘Hood and Beyond (Indiana University Press, 1997)

Basketball Jones: America Above the Rim (co-editor, NYU Press, 2000)

The New H.N.I.C.: The Death of Civil Rights and the Reign of Hip Hop (NYU Press, 2002)

Young, Black, Rich, and Famous: The Rise of the NBA, the Hip Hop Invasion and the Transformation of American Culture (Broadway Books/Random House, 2003)

The Notorious Ph.D’s Guide to the Super Fly 70s: A Connoisseur’s Journey Through the Fabulous Flix, Cool Sounds, and Hip Vibes That Defined a Decade (Harlem Moon/Broadway Books/Random House, 2007)

Young, Black, Rich, and Famous: The Rise of the NBA, the Hip Hop Invasion and the Transformation of American Culture Paperback edition (University of Nebraska Press, 2008)

African Americans and Popular Culture vol. 1-3 (editor, Praeger/Greenwood, 2008)