Erik Brooks, Ph.D.


tn (2)Dr. F. Erik Brooks is a Professor and Chair of the Department of African American Studies at Western Illinois University. He is originally from Montgomery, Alabama.

Dr. Brooks earned a Doctor of Philosophy from the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2002. He holds three Master’s degrees. He earned a Master of Science in Counseling and Human Development from Troy State University in 1992, a Master of Public Administration from Auburn University Montgomery in 1998, and a Master of Education from Alabama State University in 1999. Dr. Brooks earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Art from Troy State University in 1989.  

He previously taught Political Science, Public Administration, and Africana Studies at Georgia Southern University from 2002 to 2012. Also while at Georgia Southern University, he served as the Director of the Master of Public Administration Program from 2004 to 2008, Interim Chair of the Department of Political Science, and an Assistant to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences from 2011 to 2012. He has also held adjunct teaching positions at the University of Richmond from 2001 to 2002 and Alabama State University from 1992 to 1999.

Dr. Brooks is a holistic academician, having served on both the academic and student affairs sides of the academy. Dr. Brooks has held mid-level administrative positions in student affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University from 1999 to 2002 and Alabama State University from 1992 to 1999.

Dr. Brooks has served as a media analyst for numerous media outlets. A sought after speaker, he is often called upon to speak at public events discussing African American History, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, popular culture, multiculturalism, and diversity. Dr.  Brooks has written extensively in the areas of African American history, public administration, higher education, and American politics with his work appearing in scholarly journals, encyclopedias, and books. He is the author of eight books. His latest book, Tigers in the Tempest: Savannah State University and the Struggle for Civil Rights, Political Power, and Campus Freedom was release by Mercer University Press in the 2015.  He also has another title, The African American Student Guide to College Success also scheduled for release by ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Publishing in 2015. When not working, he enjoys watching sports, traveling to sporting events, and traveling to Civil Rights and Civil War museums.