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African American Studies has gained a deep foothold in higher education. Ever since the national rise of “Black Studies” during the second half of the twentieth century, this field has focused on the distinctive individuals, places, events, concepts, and circumstances of African American history from the seventeenth century to the present—from the early national period, when New World Africans first reckoned with Enlightenment preconceptions of race, to the new millennium, when African Americans continue to negotiate the conditions of their lives in the United States. African American Studies is now a vibrant, complex, and growing field for the intellectual and curricular mission of centers, institutes, programs, and departments at colleges and universities across the country. Oxford Bibliographies in African American Studies represents another step in the field’s institutional progress. Regularly updated and expanded with new content, the module will provide bibliographic articles that identify, organize, cite, and annotate scholarship on key areas of African American Studies—culture, politics, law, history, society, religion, and economics. Academic researchers and students interested in authoritative references to African American Studies should turn to Oxford Bibliographies first.
For more information in this field, visit the Oxford African American Studies Center, the most comprehensive collection of scholarship available online to focus on the lives and events which have shaped African American history and culture.
Editor in Chief
Gene Andrew Jarrett is Associate Dean of the Faculty, Humanities, and Professor of English and African American Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences at Boston University. Previously, he was Chair of the Department of English and Acting Director of the African American Studies Program at BU; he was also elected Chair of the American Literature Section of the Modern Language Association of America. His scholarship has been supported by fellowships from the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the American Council of Learned Societies. He is the author of Representing the Race: A New Political History of African American Literature (New York University Press, 2011) and Deans and Truants: Race and Realism in African American Literature (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006). He is the editor of the two-volume Wiley-Blackwell Anthology of African American Literature (Wiley-Blackwell Publishers, 2014), A Companion to African American Literature (Wiley-Blackwell Publishers, 2010), Claude McKay’s 1937 autobiography A Long Way from Home (Rutgers University Press, 2007), and African American Literature beyond Race: An Alternative Reader (New York University Press, 2006). He is also the co-editor of, with Herbert Woodward Martin and Ronald Primeau, The Collected Novels of Paul Laurence Dunbar (Ohio University Press, 2009); with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., The New Negro: Readings on Race, Representation, and African American Culture, 1892-1938 (Princeton University Press, 2007); and, with Thomas Lewis Morgan, The Complete Stories of Paul Laurence Dunbar (Ohio University Press, 2005). He is currently writing a biography of Paul Laurence Dunbar.
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