AJP’s The Sweet, Spicy, and Smoky Salsa

Occasionally, I like to use my blog for fun, miscellaneous purposes. I was sharing some recipes with a friend tonight and thought this one would be good to share with all of you. I developed it using the trial and error method. If you make it, let me know what you think!  AJP’s The Sweet,Continue reading “AJP’s The Sweet, Spicy, and Smoky Salsa”

Renaming “White Privilege” – Hidden Power of Words Series, #7

As a scholar of racialized actions and mores, I am very familiar with the concept of White Privilege. In a nutshell, White Privilege is the other side of racism, how racism happens, it’s the ways in which White people benefit from racism.  Tim Wise has a great, short definition:  White privilege refers to any advantage, opportunity,Continue reading “Renaming “White Privilege” – Hidden Power of Words Series, #7″

An Open Letter to Half Price Books – Please Stop Segregating History

Dear Half Price Books (and other book stores), I have been visiting your stores occasionally for as long as I can remember. (I especially love the really big store in Austin that is in an old grocery store!) I frequently find interesting books and some good deals in the process. My students regularly comment theyContinue reading “An Open Letter to Half Price Books – Please Stop Segregating History”

Transformative Authors and Texts – One Scholar’s List

The following (by no means all-inclusive list) have in someway profoundly transformed my thinking and/or have had a big influence on the scholar I am today. A few are ones that I especially enjoy and appreciate.   Books: Emma Brave New World A Room of One’s Own Coming of Age in Mississippi  Four Arguments forContinue reading “Transformative Authors and Texts – One Scholar’s List”

White guy, Black history

A few days ago a friend asked a good question: “Do you get much resistance about being White and studying Black history?” (or something along that line). I’ve been thinking about this question since then for several days, and there are only two such occasions (at least that I remember) that I have encountered resistance orContinue reading “White guy, Black history”

9 Takeaways From a Very Rewarding Semester of Teaching

This semester was one of the most rewarding so far. Below I share a few things that standout about this semester.  Quiz Previews: For a few years now, I have given students written quizzes at the beginning of every class. Yes, these create a lot of grading, but they work wonders at getting students to classContinue reading “9 Takeaways From a Very Rewarding Semester of Teaching”


This month marks one year—wow time goes by fast– since I started andrewpegoda.com and sometime yesterday (May 6), I had my 50,000th visit. This blog marks my 77th article on here. And I just wanted to take a second and thank every one who subscribes or regularly reads my blog and also thank those who just visitContinue reading “FIFTY THOUSAND “THANK YOUS””

 “DANGER”: Comments about Black Men, White Women, and Science in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” (2014)

The Amazing Spider-Man 2, while entertaining on the surface, is problematic. Naturally, it fails the Bechdel Test (to pass, a movie ONLY needs to have at least two women with names, who talk to each other, about something other than a man). Like the recent Superman movie and others, it hits too close to homeContinue reading ” “DANGER”: Comments about Black Men, White Women, and Science in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” (2014)”