African American Studies

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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 the Seryl Kushner Dean of the College of Arts and Science and Professor of English at New York University. Previously, he was Associate Dean of the Faculty, Humanities, and Professor of English and African American Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences at Boston University and 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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Art, Music, Drama, and Culture

Patrice Douglass
Saint Mary's College of California
Selamawit D. Terrefe
University of California, Irvine
Frank B. Wilderson III
University of California Irvine
Thomas DeFrantz
Duke University
Jaye Austin Williams
California State University, Long Beach
Fangfang Zhu
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Steven Carl Tracy
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Davarian L. Baldwin
Trinity College
Scott Gac
Trinity College
Jerrilyn McGregory
Florida State University
Jennifer Jensen Wallach
University of North Texas
Birgitta Johnson
University of South Carolina
Heidi Morse
University of Michigan
Jonathan Shandell
Arcadia University
Marina Bilbija
Harvard University
Jane Rhodes
University of Illinois at Chicago
Douglas Jones
Amadi Ozier
Babacar M'Baye
Kent State University
Adrienne Childs
Harvard University
Renee Ater
University of Maryland, College Park



Eric S. Yellin
University of Richmond
Alan M. Wald
University of Michigan
R. Douglas Hurt
Purdue University
Luis Martínez-Fernández
University of Central Florida
Erin D. Chapman
George Washington University
Christine Knauer
University of Tübingen
Melinda Chateauvert
Aaron Astor
Maryville College
Mark Newman
University of Edinburgh
Brian Dolinar
Crystal Sanders
Thomas Alan Dichter
Harvard University
Patrick Breen
Eric S. Yellin
University of Richmond
Tiffany King
Georgia State University
Bénédicte Boisseron
University of Michigan
Carol Wilson
Washington College
Christopher Metress
Samford University
Jessica Millward
University of California, Irvine
Stacie McCormick
Texas Christian University
Loren Schweninger
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Maggi M. Morehouse
Coastal Carolina University



GerShun Avilez
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Melanie R. Hill
Rutgers University
John Szwed
Columbia University
Charles Duncan
William Peace University
Derek C. Maus
SUNY Potsdam
Melanie R. Hill
Rutgers University
L. Diane Barnes
Kinohi Nishikawa
Princeton University
James Edward Ford III
Occidental College
Magdalena J. Zaborowska
University of Michigan
Vanessa Carlisle
Noelle Morrissette
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
La Marr Jurelle Bruce
University of Maryland, College Park
Esther L. Jones
Clark University
Bryan Wagner
University of California at Berkeley
Parker Kjellin-Elder
Pennsylvania State University
Kerri Greenidge
University of Massachusetts Boston
Vincent Carretta
University of Maryland
Yoshinobu Hakutani
Kent State University
Jacqueline Francis
jan furman



Nakia D. Parker
Michigan State University



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



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



Andy Campbell
Jualynne Elizabeth Dodson
Michigan State University
Samory Rashid
Indiana State University
Michael Brandon McCormack
University of Louisville
Anthony B. Bradley
Acton Institute



Candi Cann
David McBride
Penn State
Keenan Norris
Goddard College
Petra R. Rivera-Rideau
Wellesley College
David J. Leonard
Washington State University
Daylanne K. English
Macalester College
Thomas J. Ward Jr.
Farmingdale State College
Adam M. Geary
The University of Arizona
Carlos E. Monteiro
Suffolk University
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
Omolade Adunbi
University of Michigan
Ben Keppel
University of Oklahoma
Joe William Trotter Jr.
Carnegie Mellon University
Melissa Stein
University of Kentucky



Leslie Heaphy
Kent State University

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