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 a scholar, professor, and university administrator. Presently, he is Dean of the Faculty and William S. Tod Professor of English at Princeton University. Before his current role at Princeton, Jarrett was Seryl Kushner Dean of the College of Arts and Science and Professor of English at New York University from 2017 to 2021. Prior to that, he worked at Boston University, where he was a professor jointly appointed in the Department of English and the Program in African American Studies; he also served as Chair of the English Department from 2011 to 2014 and Associate Dean of the Faculty for the Humanities from 2014 to 2017. He began his academic career as an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park; he worked there from 2002 to 2007. Jarrett is the author of two books on African American literary studies and the editor of eight additional books of African American literature and literary criticism. His third authored book, Paul Laurence Dunbar: The Life and Times of a Caged Bird, a comprehensive biography of the legendary African American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, is slated for release from Princeton University Press in 2022, coinciding with the 150th anniversary of the poet’s birth. Jarrett is also the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford Bibliographies module on African American Studies, published by Oxford University Press. For this scholarly work, he has won awards and distinguished fellowships such as from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the American Council of Learned Societies.
 

STANDING EDITORIAL BOARD

University of Pennsylvania
Harvard University
University of California, Irvine
University of Michigan
 

FOUNDING EDITORIAL BOARD

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

ARTICLES AND CONTRIBUTORS

* = recently published

 

Art, Music, Drama, and Culture

Gayle Wald
Kwabena Slaughter
Rodeeia Carson
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
Eric Jackson
Northern Kentucky University
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

 

History

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

 

Individuals

GerShun Avilez
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ashley Farmer
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
Joe Street
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
Eric Jackson
Northern Kentucky University
Kerri Greenidge
University of Massachusetts Boston
Vincent Carretta
University of Maryland
Yoshinobu Hakutani
Kent State University
Jacqueline Francis
jan furman

 

Law

Nakia D. Parker
Michigan State University

 

Literature

Selamawit D. Terrefe
University of California, Irvine
Gene Andrew Jarrett
Princeton 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
Sampada Aranke
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Raymond Winbush
Morgan State University
Eric S. Yellin
University of Richmond

 

Religion

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

 

Society

Candi Cann
David McBride
Penn State
Eric Jackson
Northern Kentucky University
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

 

Sports

Leslie Heaphy
Kent State University
 

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