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Rob Barry, Jr

Robert A. Barry, Jr, MA

Rob Barry, Jr

Ph.D. Candidate


Areas of Expertise

  • Popular Culture
  • Black Visual Culture and Media
  • Collective Memories
  • Race & Gender Performativity


  • B.A., in Black Studies/Educational Studies, Denison University
  • M.A., in Critical Ethnic Studies, DePaul University

Born and raised in Chicago, IL, Rob is a PhD Student and GE Fellow in the Department of Comparative Studies concentrating in African American and African Studies at The Ohio State University. Through his interest in race, gender, and sexuality, Rob employs Black popular culture and counter-storytelling to interrogate historical and contemporary projections of Black masculinity in media, the identity politics that emerge in the discovery of Black “maleness,” and how those politics transmit transgenerationally through male-to-male engagement in diasporic spaces.


Barry, Robert A., "Lemonade, gin, and juice: the performance and deconstruction of black masculinity from n**gers to negus" (2017).College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Theses and Dissertations. 236.