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Dr. Derrick A. Lanois


Dr. Derrick A. Lanois
Assistant Professor of History
Office: Brown 211.8
Phone: (757) 823-8864



Expertise: Nineteenth and Twentieth Century African American history, African American fraternalism, Black feminisms, womanism, Black masculinities, African Americans in the media, Southern history, digital history, public history, documentary filmmaking
Interests: African American fraternalism, Hip Hop, African American culture, Children Studies, Black masculinities
Courses: United States History since 1865, African American History to 1865, African American History since 1865

Bio: Dr. Derrick Lanois is a bona fide Southerner and was born and raised in Memphis, TN. As an undergraduate, he attended the University of Memphis and received a B. A. in History and a minor in African and African American Studies. He continued his education there receiving a M. A. in Liberal Studies concentrating in African American history and culture and a M.A. in Journalism specializing in Multimedia Journalism. Dr. Lanois received his Ph.D. at Georgia State University in History focused on African Americans since enslavement and their institutions. In addition, he received a Graduate Certificate in Gender Studies examining African American Masculinities, Black Feminisms, Womanism, and Black Sexualities. He is completing his thesis for a M.F.A. in Documentary Expressions specializing in Documentary Filmmaking and Audio Documentaries from the University of Mississippi with an expected graduation in August 2020. The MFA thesis examines Hoodoo in the South. Currently, he is transforming his dissertation entitled, “Fatherhood of God; Brotherhood of Man: Prince Hall Affiliated Freemasonry, Manhood, and Community Building in the Jim Crow South” into a manuscript and a companion documentary film.  

Dr. Lanois has a forthcoming chapter in an edited volume titled Womanism Rising, edited by Layli Maparyan, expected Spring 2020.