Lisa Alexander

Faculty Profile



 African American Studies

Selected Publications


2021 Homicide: Life on the Street. TV Milestone Series. Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press

2019 Expanding the Black Film Canon: Race and Genre Across Six Decades. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas Press.

2012 When Baseball Isn’t White, Straight, and Male: The Media and Difference in the National Pastime. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company.


Journal Articles

2019 African American Filmic Artifacts From Body and Soul to Black Panther. The American Historian.

2016 “Far Beyond the Stars: The Framing of Blackness in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” The Journal of Popular Film and Television 44.3.

2014 “Sports History: What’s Next?” Journal of American History 101.1


Book Chapters
2016 “Andy Murray: From Outsider to Savior and Back Again” with Dan Travis in More than Cricket and Football Ed. Joel Nathan Rosen and Maureen S. Smith. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi.

2015 “I’m the King of the World?: Barry Bonds and the ‘Race’ For The Record,” in Jack Johnson to LeBron James: Essays on Sports, Race, and the Media Ed. Chris Lamb. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press (reprint).

2013 “‘Raindrops on a Window’”: Race and Sex and the Framing of the Sheryl Swoopes Narrative” in A Locker Room of Her Own: Sport, Gender, and the Construction of Athletic Reputations. Ed. Joel Nathan Rosen and David C. Ogden. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi.

Research Description

Representations of race, class, gender, sexual identity and sexual orientation in popular culture including film, television, and sports.

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