Theodore R. Foster III, PhD

Theodore R. Foster III, PhD

Assistant Professor

Phone: 630-829-6261
Office Location: Kindlon 155


Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2019
M.A., Ohio State University, 2011
B.A., University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2009

Dr. Foster is a Black studies scholar specializing in the production of historical memories of the modern civil rights movement, Black visual culture and neoliberalism within Black political thought. His research focuses on how memorials, commemorations, activists, politicians and artists visualize and narrate the history of the 1960s Black Freedom Movement through divergent political lenses. His book project is titled “The Firehose Next Time: Civil Rights Memory, Neoliberalism, and Black Visual Culture. He teaches courses in U.S. History and Black studies.

Select Presentations

American Studies Association Conference, Presenter & Organizer (Montreal, Canada 2023)

  • Panel: Against the Anti-Blackness of Cajun & Creole Difference: Producing Knowledge for Solidarity & Liberation in Louisiana”

The Historic New Orleans Collection Symposium, Presenter (New Orleans, LA 2023)

  • “Inheritance or Aberration?: Reconstruction and Civil Rights in Louisiana History”