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UHD Welcomes Critical Race Studies Scholar Dr. Jeffrey McCune

Noted Author, Researcher Hosting Events March 9 - 11


By Mike Emery

Dr. Jeffrey Q. McCune has shared his expertise on race, gender, sexuality and other topics with national media outlets such as HuffPost Live, National Public Radio and SiriusXM. He soon will lead conversations on these very issues with the University of Houston-Downtown Community.

McCune is the 2021 UHD Center for Critical Race Studies Scholar in Residence (CCRS). From March 9 through 11, he will host virtual events focused specifically on engaging students, faculty and staff and the Houston community.

The esteemed scholar is an Associate Professor of African & African American Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Washington University in St. Louis and Incoming Director of the Frederick Douglass Institute at the University of Rochester.

McCune authored the book “Sexual Discretion: Black Masculinity and the Politics of Passing.” In 2015, it was named among the top non-fiction works by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association and included in its Over The Rainbow Project Book List.

McCune has two new texts on the horizon “Disobedient Reading: An Experiment in Seeing Black” and “On Kanye.”

He joins the ranks of previous noted authors and researchers who have served as CCRS Scholars, including Dr. Tina Harris in 2020, Dr. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva in 2019, Dr. Bettina L. Love in 2018, Dr. Tim Wise in 2017, Dr. Subramanian Shankar in 2016, Jimmy Santiago Baca in 2015 and Dr. Brittney Cooper in 2014.

A list of events (all conducted virtually) and registration information can be found on the CCRS website and are included below. 

Tuesday, March 9

2:30 p.m.
“Disobedient Reading, Disrupting Pedagogy” - Faculty Development Seminar

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Fireside Chat with Dr. Toneisha Taylor, Chair of Communication Studies Department at Texas Southern University’s School of Communication

Wednesday, March 10

4 p.m.
"Begin Again: A Manifesto of the Margins"Critical Race Studies Annual Lecture Series
Lecture & Public Q & A

Thursday, March 11

11:45 a.m.
Social Justice Engagement with YES Preparatory High School - Fifth Ward

1:15 p.m.
"Lessons from Kanye, The Wild Genius of Hip-Hop"
Student Audience Keynote Address

4 p.m.
"Don't Wait, Act Now: Taking Action Before Difference Knocks at Your Door"
Administrator and Staff Development Seminar

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.