Derrick R Brooms
Associate Professor, Department Head
A&S Sociology - 0378
Dr. Brooms serves as faculty in sociology and Africana studies and serves as a youth worker as well. Dr. Brooms specializes in the sociology of African Americans in urban environments, particularly Black males, with research and activism that focus on educational equity, race and racism, diversity and inequality, and identity. His education research primarily centers on Black male schooling experiences in both secondary and postsecondary institutions. At the secondary level, his work examines the impact of school culture on academic aspirations, resilience, motivation, and sense of self. At the collegiate levels, he investigates the impact of campus climate, mentoring, and involvement on the academic performances and educational experiences of African American men. Additionally, his education research examines Black males' identity development and expression. Dr. Brooms is the author of Being Black, Being Male on Campus: Understanding and Confronting Black Male Collegiate Experiences (SUNY Press, 2017).
Dr. Brooms’ research interests also investigate representations of African American identity and culture within the media. Much of this research focuses on museums and explores contemporary exhibits about African American history and culture. In his museum research, he explores issues of racial representation, collective memory, and collective identity; additionally, he investigates the role museum sites and exhibits play in creating and maintaining narratives of people, places, and events—and counter-narratives as well. He developed his museum work with the guidance of Dr. Ayana Karanja (Loyola Univ Chicago).