|| Jesse A. Rhines Ph.D.
||Asst. Prof. of African American & African Studies
Jesse Algeron Rhines is Assistant Professor in the African American and African Studies Department at Rutgers University, Newark NJ. Until 2000 he was Assistant Editor of Cineaste Magazine and Co Editor of the magazine's regular section entitled "Race in Contemporary American Cinema."
In the Film world, Rhines has worked as a script reader for New Line Cinema and Motor City Films, stills photographer for the Hudlin Brothers and for the Black Filmmaker Foundation, where he was Curator of the BFF Film Society's monthly screenings program.
In the "real" world, he has also worked as a Systems Engineer for IBM, and on the staff of Congressman Ronald V. Dellums of Berkeley CA. He has traveled in Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America most often making photographs. His photo exhibit, "For Global Pluralism" is a result of these travels.
He graduated from Washington DC's Coolidge High School, then attended Yale's Summer High School and Transitional Year Program. He received his BA in Political Communications from Antioch University, Masters in African American Studies from Yale University, Masters in Political Science from UCLA, a certificate in Film Production from NYU, and a Ph.D in Ethnic Studies from the University of California at Berkeley.
In 1996, Rutgers University Press published his book, BLACK FILM/WHITE MONEY, which, in 1997, was named an Outstanding Book on the subject of human rights in North America by The Gustavas Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights in North America. He is currently working on four projects:
- An anthology of 19th and 20th century Black undergraduates at Harvard and Yale for which he seeks information regarding former and current attendees
- A project called Race and Utopia that is intended to explicate non-white peoples' imagination of the perfect society. "Blacks (African Americans) in the Western utopian imagination" will be a major focus of this project.
- Jesse is also writing DEATH IN VENICE, his 8th feature length screenplay, designed as an urbanized California updating of Thomas Mann's early 20th Century story
- A tenure battle at Rutgers which he hopes will inform a screenplay started in 2000 about a professor's