Contact Information

Name: Dr. Andrea L. Smith-Moore

Title: Associate Professor

Office Location: 46OB Amador Hall Ethnic Studies Department


Office Phone: (916) 278-6344

Mailing Address: Sacramento State 6000 J Street Sacramento, CA 95819-6043

Office Hours: T R 12-1pm

Ethnic Studies Department : Amador Hall


Dr. Andrea L Smith-Moore (She,Her, Sis, Queen) identifes as an Evolutionary scholar activist. She serves as an Associate Professor in Ethnic Studies (Pan African Studies) at Sacramento State, and Director of the Cooper-Woodson Enhancement Program. 

She teaches general Ethnic Studies and African American centered courses including, “Protest in Hip Hop,” “Black Images in Popular Culture” and “Cinematic Representations of Pan African Identities.” Dr. Moore has over eighteen years of teaching experience in higher education working with the Department for Behavioral Social Sciences at Sacramento City College, and the African American and African Studies Department at the University of California, Davis.

Dr. Andrea L.S. Moore received her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from the University of California, Davis. Her academic brand focuses on Ethnic History and Socio-Cultural Production. She is a media educational and cultural curator consultant for DreamooreLLC. Moore attributes growing up in Richmond and Oakland, CA during her adolescent years as instrumental in her academic narratives.

Moore’s research is centered in Pan-African Studies, Hip Hop and Social Movements, African American Film, Sacred Womanism Studies, Critical Anti-Race Pedagogical Initiatives, and Black Visual Media Culture.

Smith-Moore is known for documenting the Bay Area’s legacy as an epicenter for counter cultrural social movements, from the 1960’s Black Power Movement, to the Hip Hop Movements such as Hyphy to the Black Lives Matter Movement. Her noted scholarship is being the first academic to focus on examining historical moments that took place during the Bay Area’s Hyphy Movement. Moore explores the ways in which pop culture promotes awareness about social protests movements and advocating for intersectional justice. 

Moore concurrently is serving as the Director for The Cooper-Woodson College Enhancement Program, which is focused on Leadership, Scholarship, and Service. She is also a faculty mentor of the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program.

Moore also enjoys combining her research with public speaking, some of which include: 

Moore, Andrea. “Black Gazing in Digital Communities as a Form of Collective Activism,” In, Race and Ethnicity: Moving from Sociological Imagination to Sociological Mindfulness, Cognella Academic Publishing. 2021. Second Edition forthcoming 2024.
Intellectual Correspondent: Spoke as a hip hop educator, providing academic framework for, Television show  Payback, Episode 20: “Rap Wars” originally aired March 6, 2023. TVONE, Broadcasting Cable Network.
C0-Producer – for documentary,  We Were Hyphy, on televised  KQED segment, 50 years of Hip Hop We Were Hyphy, Celebrates the Bay’s Innovative 2000s Rap Subculture,” Nastia Voynonskaya,  February 1, 2023.
Intellectual Correspondent for Documentary, We Were Hyphy. Director, Laurence Madrigal, Ryan McDowell, Editor Marshall Moses. 2022.
“We Were Hyphy’ documentary attempts to capture an only-in-the-Bay movement,” Amelia Williams, Bay City News Foundation, June 1, 2022.
“Rap legend talks about his debt to Oakland as He Gets a Huge Honor,” Sam Moore, SFGate, December 9, 2022.
Intellectual Correspondent: Apple Podcast:   Out the Box With Oatmeal Brown              

Moore, Andrea. “Ethnic Studies Embodies Activism ,” In, Introduction to Ethnic Studies, Kendall Hunt Publishing. 2022.

Moore, Andrea “Commercial Hip Hop.,” St. James Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Culture. Thomas Riggs, editor. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, a Cengage Company, 2018.

Moore, Andrea. “Hyphy Sparked a Social Movement” Ethnic Studies Review Journal Volume 37, Issues 1 and 2 2015. “Black Lives Matter: Imagining and Realizing an Equitable Black Future.” 2017.

Faculty/Director Participant: All African Diaspora Education Summit 2022  Ghana, Africa. Conference on centering African education in higher institutions across the Diaspora’s. University of Cape Coast.        September  19-24, 2022

Faculty Participant: Faculty Led Study Abroad to Ghana with Criminal Justice Department, Sacramento State University of Ghana.  July 13- 22,  2022                                                                                                     

Panelist: AERA American Educational Research Association: “Curating Safe Spaces for Conversations About Race Through a District-Wide, Sustained, Antiracist Professional Development Program,” Cultivating Equitable Education Systems for the 21st Century,     April 21-26, 2022                                                                                          

Educational Consultant: Robla Resistance Project: Sacramento School District Wide Equity and Anti-Racism Three Tier Model, (July 2020- January 2023).

Presenter/Speaker, for the 17th Annual Congress of African People’s Convening (CAP) Conference. Black Power: 1969-2019.    September 14, 2019            

Presenter/Speaker, for the 15th Annual Afrikan Black Coalition Conference Collective Blackness, Intersectional Action, Presented on,” Intersections of Power and Privilege” at San Francisco State University. January 14, 2018                                                                                                                                                                            

Speaker/Panelist,for Cal State Long Beach, 38th Annual Black Consciousness Conference, “The Power of Us” at Long Beach, California. Nov 18, 2017                                                                                                                                                     

Speaker, Welcome Address, “Unapologetic Self-Care Reclaiming Self as an Act of Preservation,” held at Sacramento State hosted by The Women’s Resource Center.  November 17, 2017                                                                                                                     

Presenter/Speaker, for the 50th Anniversary Visit Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A Day of Empathy, Presented, “The Social Justice Issues Facing Us Today: What Can We Do?” held at Sacramento State hosted by the Student Academic Success and Educational Equity Programs.  October 16, 2017                                                                                                                  

Speaker, Welcome Address, “Reclaiming Our Blackness in-the-midst of Being a Black Identity Extremist,” held at Sacramento State hosted by the Sacramento State NPHC.  November 17, 2017                                                                                                                                                   

Presenter/Panelist, The Association for the Study of African American Life and History 102nd Annual Research Conference, presented on “Centering Blackness in Education” Cincinnati, Ohio.  September 28, 2017                                                                                         

Speaker, for Sacramento’s 1st “Aint I a Woman’ March and Rally” Black Women United Sacramento. Presented on, “Sisterhood, Allies and Advocacy”. Steps of the capitol, Sacramento, California.  July 15, 2017                                                                                                        

Keynote Speaker, Sacramento State. Multi-Cultural Center, annual “All People’s Recognition Ceremony.” Presented on, “The Sweetness of Existence: Embracing Our Collective Struggle”.  May 10, 2017                                                                                   

Keynote Speaker, for University of California, Davis 31st Annual Black Graduation Celebration: “Unapologetically Black.”  June 2016


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Courses That I Teach


African Americans in film and video ETHN 178

This course is designed as an intensive survey of African American cinema that engages questions of history, culture, politics and the overall function of race and representation in American society.  Our focus in this class is to understand African American filmmakers and their respective films. We will focus on cultural factors intrinsic to African American society and how cinema fits into this context, as well as how issues of gender, sexuality and class impact the films.

Ethnic Studies 196

Protests in Hip Hop Course Description ETHN

This course is designed to be an intensive survey of the evolution of hip hop as a form of social protest that developed into a global cultural movement. The course draws parallels from hip hops historical function with past and present U.S. social movements advocating for social justice, including the recent #BlackLivesMatter movement.Students will examine cultural studies theoretical concepts analyzing mainstreams exploitation and marginalization of capitalism, commercialization, race, class, gender and sexuality representations in hip hop

Black Images in Popular Culture

This course is designed as a survey of Black images within popular curlture. The course will provide an introductory investigation of historical and contemporary African American tropes visible within these areas: chattel slavery, film, television, sports, comedy, music and politics. The course will integrae racialized gendered stereotypes emphasizing the relevance of intersectionality within the consumption of African American culture.


Ethnic America 100

This course is designed to introduce students to issues of race and ethnic inequalities primarly in the United States with a focus on immigration experience. Through an interdisciplinary approach, the construction of race and four major American ethnic groups-Black, American Indian, Chicano, Asian American become the focus.


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