African American Studies

Editor in Chief | Editorial Board | Articles and Contributors

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.

FOUNDING EDITORIAL BOARD

Oberlin Theological School, Vanderbilt University
Brown University
University of Pennsylvania
Harvard University
University of California, Los Angeles
Yale University
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Michigan

ARTICLES AND CONTRIBUTORS

* = recently published

Art, Music, Drama, and Culture

Jaye Austin Williams
California State University, Long Beach
Steven Carl Tracy
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Fangfang Zhu
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Scott Gac
Trinity College
Jerrilyn McGregory
Florida State University
Jennifer Jensen Wallach
University of North Texas
Heidi Morse
University of Michigan
Marina Bilbija
Harvard University
Jane Rhodes
University of Illinois at Chicago
Adrienne Childs
Harvard University
Renee Ater
University of Maryland, College Park

History

Eric S. Yellin
University of Richmond
Alan M. Wald
University of Michigan
Luis Martínez-Fernández
University of Central Florida
Erin D. Chapman
George Washington University
Melinda Chateauvert
Aaron Astor
Maryville College
Brian Dolinar
Christopher Metress
Samford University
Jessica Millward
University of California, Irvine

Individuals

John Szwed
Columbia University
Charles Duncan
William Peace University
James Edward Ford III
Occidental College
Magdalena J. Zaborowska
University of Michigan
Noelle Morrissette
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
La Marr Jurelle Bruce
University of Maryland, College Park
Kerri Greenidge
University of Massachusetts Boston
Vincent Carretta
University of Maryland
Yoshinobu Hakutani
Kent State University

Literature

Selamawit D. Terrefe
University of California, Irvine
Gene Andrew Jarrett
Boston University
Esther L. Jones
Clark University
Heike Raphael-Hernandez
University of Maryland University College, Europe and University of Würzburg, Germany

Politics

Menna Demessie
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF)
Stuart Greene
University of Notre Dame
Kevin Burke
University of Georgia
Raymond Winbush
Morgan State University
Eric S. Yellin
University of Richmond

Religion

Samory Rashid
Indiana State University
Michael Brandon McCormack
University of Louisville
Anthony B. Bradley
Acton Institute

Society

Petra R. Rivera-Rideau
Wellesley College
David J. Leonard
Washington State University
Daylanne K. English
Macalester College
Adam M. Geary
The University of Arizona
Carlos E. Monteiro
University of Massachusetts Boston
Natasha A. Frost
Northeastern University
Heidi Morse
University of Michigan
Kendra Field
Tufts University
Heike Raphael-Hernandez
University of Maryland University College, Europe and University of Würzburg, Germany
Cherene Sherrard-Johnson
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ben Keppel
University of Oklahoma
Joe William Trotter Jr.
Carnegie Mellon University

FORTHCOMING ARTICLES

Africanisms
Kevin Yelvington
Rodrigo Ramassote
Afrocentricity
Molefi Asante
Afro-Pessimism
Frank Wilderson
AIDS
Adam M. Geary
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Thomas F. DeFrantz
Amiri Baraka
GerShun Avilez
Anglo-African Newspaper
Marina Bilbija
Antilynching Campaign
Sandy Alexandre
Black Press in the United States
Jane Rhodes
Blacks in the American Military
Christine Knauer
Chicago Renaissance
Davarian Baldwin
Contemporary African Diaspora
Heike Raphael-Hernandez
Dorothy Dandridge
Caroline Streeter
Dred Scott v. Sandford
Jesse Carr
Feminism
Joy James
Freedom Summer
Julius Fleming
Great Awakening
Leslie James
Harlem Renaissance
Laurie Woodard
Hip Hop
James Braxton Peterson
Juneteenth
Brandi Brimmer
League of Revolutionary Black Workers
Tiffany Willoughby-Herard
Lynching of Emmett Till
Christopher Metress
Maryse Condé
Johanna Garvey
Octavia Butler
Esther Jones
Political Resistance
Sampada Aranke
Racial Passing in the United States
Allyson Hobbs
Revolutionary War
Jessica Millward
Rosa Parks
Jeanne Theoharis
Slave Narratives
Robert Stepto
Talented Tenth
David Levering-Lewis
The Black Church
Anthea Butler
The Cakewalk
Thomas F. DeFrantz
Theatre
Susan Watson-Turner

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