Chaz Antoine Barracks

Chaz Antoine Barracks, Ph.D.

Chaz Antoine Barracks
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Media at Risk
  • Lecturer, Annenberg Undergraduate Program

Barracks’s research centers Black queer aesthetics, joy, and multimodal media that reflects home-making practices within Black cultural spaces. He also studies the impact of storytelling as a form of theory making—using podcast, film, and performance to circulate assessable knowledge production that challenges long-standing institutional norms.

Chaz Antoine Barracks, Ph.D., (Media, Art, Text, Virginia Commonwealth Uni) is a Blackademic, artist-scholar, podcaster, filmmaker and postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Media at Risk at the Annenberg School for Communication. His scholarly practice is grounded in interdisciplinary studies that pull together performance research, Black Studies, rhetoric and communications, film, and digital humanities. After completing his doctorate in 2020, he wrote and directed the Everyday Black Matter film project, which launched from his emerging media hustle Black Matter Productions, LLC. Black Matter meshes with Chaz’s intellectual ambitions to blur the lines between academia, the arts, and authentic Black storytelling that is rooted in joy, nuance, and recognizing the intellectual contributions of those who are pushed to the margins of a white supremacist society, and in turn create alternative worlds to thrive by any means necessary. As an artist-scholar who sees the classroom as a space to imagine possibilities and reallocate resources, Chaz hosts the Black Matter podcast, which is a social platform for and by Black/PoC queers and femmes that serves as a curatorial space for museum exhibitions, live performance, and archiving of alternative forms of making and producing knowledge. Learn more about Dr. Chaz at BlackMatter.space.

Education

  • B.A., University of Richmond, 2011
  • M.A., University of Richmond, 2016
  • Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University, 2020

Selected Publications