Amaka Okechukwu is an interdisciplinary scholar engaged in research on social movements, race, community studies, public history, and Black archives. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at George Mason University. She has served as a postdoctoral scholar at the Center for Advanced Social Science Research at New York University, and as a Social Science Research Council-Mellon Mays Graduate Initiatives fellow. She received an MA and PhD in sociology from New York University and undergraduate degrees in English-creative writing and sociology from the University of Southern California. She is currently completing a book manuscript on grassroots and elite mobilization over affirmative action and open admissions in public universities.