As a historian of technological invention and innovation, Rayvon Fouché explores the multiple intersections and relationships between cultural representation, racial identification, and technological design. His book Black Inventors in the Age of Segregation (Johns Hopkins University Press) creates a broader textured understanding of black inventive experiences. He also has co-edited Appropriating Technology: Vernacular Science and Social Power (University of Minnesota Press) which explores how groups outside centers of scientific and technological power persistently defy the notion that they are merely passive recipients of technological artifacts and scientific knowledge. His current research continues to consider the relationships between race and technology by exploring the ways that technological changes reference and reflect the fluid meanings of race and the nature of race relations in the United States and abroad.
Say It Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud: African Americans, American Artifactual Culture, and Black Vernacular Technological Creativity (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006-09)