Robert Thornton

Robert L. Thornton, MA
Office: Parenzo Hall 108
Phone: 413-572-8460
Joined Westfield State University in 2014

MA, Social Sciences, Edinboro University (2010)
Honors: Alpha Epsilon Lambda
BA, History, cum laude, Edinboro University (2008)
Honors: Phi Alpha Theta

Courses Taught:
HIST102 – Western Experience II
HIST131 – U.S. History to 1865
HIST132 – U.S. History Since 1865

Research Interests:
African American history, Civil Rights Movement, Modern African history, Apartheid South Africa, Women’s history,  music and popular culture

Scholarship/Selected Publications:
Book Chapters: Articles on

"Dolores Huerta", "Dragon Lady Stereotype", "Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin", "The National Association of Colored Women", and "The Philadelphia Female Antislavery Society". In Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO (Forthcoming January 2017).              

Lectures and Presentations:
“Black Male Identity – The State of Black Men in the United States.” Presentation with Dr. Erold Bailey, Dr. Adeyinka Banwo, Dr. Imo Nse Imeh, and Dr. Carlton Pickron (2016)

“Three Conversations: The Public Consumption of Black Bodies in the Media.” Presentation with Dr. Imo Nse Imeh (2016)

“Non-White Video Game Characters and the History of Racial Stereotypes”. Paper presented at the American Culture Association and Popular Culture Association annual Mid-Atlantic Conference (2010)

“Hip Hop and Hip Life Music: The Synergy of Transatlantic Music”. Paper presented at the Western Pennsylvania Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference (2010)