Profile: Derrais Carter, Ph.D.

Dr. Derrais CarterAssistant Professor & Undergraduate Advisor


Contact Information:

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Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Works on PDX Scholar



African American History, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Black Cultural Studies, Black Critical Theory


  • Ph.D., American Studies, Univ. of Iowa (2013)
  • B.A., Sociology; African & African American Studies, Univ. of Kansas (2008)


Dr. Derrais (pronounced like Paris) Carter is an assistant professor of Black Studies. His research interests include 20th century African American history, gender and sexuality studies, and black cultural studies. He is co-editor of The Iconic Obama, 2007-2009: Essays on Media Representations of the Candidate and New President (2012). He is currently writing Obscene Material, a book examining black girlhood and scandal in 1919 Washington, D.C.

Derrais is also a member of the Queering Slavery Working Group. This interdisciplinary scholarly collective uses Tumblr to place black queer studies in conversation with the history of enslavement.  For more info: and



Fall 2017 - Working Library:  Announcing c3:Working Library Residents! (PDF)



  • Publications:

    “Black Wax(ing): On Gil Scott-Heron’s Walking Interlude.” M/C: Journal of Media and Culture 21, no. 4 (2018).

  • “Questioning Boundaries with/through Black Lives Matter: A Conversation with Derrais Carter, Ronald A. Judy, Donald E. Pease, and Hortense Spillers; Post-Racial America Exploded: #BlackLivesMatter Between Social Activism, Academic Discourse, and Cultural Representation.” Eds. Gianna Fusco and Anna Scacchi. RSA Journal 29 (October 2018): 119-158.

  • “Black Study.” In The Fire Now: Anti-racist Scholarship in Times of Explicit Racial Violence, Eds. Remi Joseph-Salisbury, Azeezat Johnson, and Beth Kamunge. University of Chicago Press/Zed Books, 2018. 

  • Creative:

  • Published "tastings" an experimental essay written in relation to Ariella Tai's installation swallow. The essay appears in "offal" - a zine created by Portland-based curatorial collective Nat Turner Project. 

  • Received a $4,600.00 grant from the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art and the Andy Warhol Foundation for my book black girls: an archive

  • Facilitated a creative writing workshop with writer/sculptor/performance artist Sidony O'Neal at Bijlmer Parktheater in Amsterdam. 

  • Delivered introductory mini-lecture on Black sociality for NASHA - a night of performances curated by Keyon Gaskin.  Also performed in Gaskin's "self portrait."  Additionally, Dr. Carter's critical reflection on NASHA titled "black sociality|black performance" will be published by If I Can't Dance, I Don't Want to Be a Part of Your Revolution, in January 2019.

  • Contributing scholar-artist for the This is a Black Spatial Imaginary Exhibition.

  • Photographer Ima Mfon in Conversation with Derrais (d.a.) Carter.

  • Delivered a lecture at The Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, OR, titled "Ultra Vivid Dreaming."  You can listen to the entire lecture on the gallery's Facebook post


(Photo credit: Intisar Abioto)