and African Studies, College of Literature, Science and Arts
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Education: Ph.D., Brown University, American Civilization Department, 1991.
M.A., Brown University, 1987.
B.A., Harvard University, 1982.
Nominating Board, Organization of American Historians (Elected 2012).
Past President, American Studies Association (Elected 2008).
Choice, Outstanding Academic Title (2006)
Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (Eligible
Fellow, National Humanities Center, 1996-97.
Council, American Studies Association, March, (Elected 2003).
Nominating Committee, American Studies Association, 1997- 2000.
John Hope Franklin Book Prize, American Studies Association, 1997.
Robert Hayden Collegiate Professor of History and Afroamerican and African Studies, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, University of Michigan, 2010-
Director, Center for Afroamerican and African Studies, 2005-2010.
Professor of History and Afroamerican and African Studies, 2005- 2010.
Associate professor, University of Michigan, Department of History and The Center for Afroamerican and African Studies, 1999- 2005.
Associate professor, University of Texas, Austin, 1996-1999.
Assistant professor, Princeton University, 1991-1996.
Jazz Director, WBRU-FM, Providence, 1987-1991.
Uplifting the Race: Black Leadership, Politics and Culture During the Twentieth Century (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1996).
American Africans in Ghana: Black Expatriates and the Civil Rights Era (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006).
(with co-editors Janice Radway, Barry Shank, and Penny Von Eschen)
American Studies: An Anthology (Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2008).
“Barack Obama” entry in Encyclopedia of Race and Racism, Patrick L. Mason, general editor (Gale Macmillan, forthcoming).
“Music is a World: Stevie Wonder and the Sound of Black Power,” in Nico Slate, ed., Black Power Beyond Boundaries (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2012).
“African American History,” in American History Now, eds. Eric Foner and Lisa McGirr (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2011), pp. 400-20.
“Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life and ‘The Long Civil Rights Movement’” Japanese Journal of American Studies (June 2011), pp. 7-24.
“From Colonization to Anticolonialism: Lincoln in Africa,” in The Global Lincoln, eds. Richard Cawardine and Jay Sexton (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011). Pp. 259-271.
“Exile and the Private Life: James Baldwin, George Lamming, and the First World Congress of Negro Writers and Artists,” in James Baldwin,America and Beyond, eds. Bill Schwarz and Cora Kaplan. (forthcoming, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2011).
“Of Teachable Moments and Spectres of Race: Presidential address given at the Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association, November 6, 2009,” American Quarterly 62 (2) (June 2010): 195-213.
“John Hope Franklin,” Thought and Action Journal (Washington D.C., National Endowment for the Arts, Fall 2009).
“Malcolm X in Global Context,” in The Cambridge Companion to MalcolmX, ed. Robert Terrill (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), pp. 158-170.
“African American Politics,” in The Princeton Encyclopedia of AmericanPolitics, ed. Michael Kazin (Princeton: Princeton University Press, October 2009), pp. 4-13.
“Locating the Transnational in Postwar African American History (review of Carole Boyce-Davies, Left of Karl Marx: The Life of Claudia Jones),” Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism 28 Vol. 13, no. 1 (2009): 193-202.
“African American Expatriates in Ghana and the Black Radical Tradition,” in Transnational Blackness, Manning Marable and Vanessa Agard-Jones, eds. (New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2008), pp. 293-300.
“The Civil Rights Movement in World Perspective,” in America on theWorld Stage: A Global Approach to U.S. History, eds. Gary Reichart and Ted Dickson (Urbana; University of Illinois Press, 2008), pp. 189-207.
“Pauli Murray in Ghana: The Congo Crisis and an African American Woman’s Dilemma,” Race, Nation and Empire in American History, James T. Campbell, Matthew Pratt Guterl, and Robert G. Lee, eds. (Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2007), pp. 250-276.
“African,” entry in Keywords for American Cultural Studies, Glenn Hendler and Bruce Burgett. eds. (New York: NYU Press, 2007), pp. 12-16.
“A World to Win: The International Dimension of the Black Freedom Movement,” OAH Magazine, Vol. 20, No. 5 (October 2006).
(with Penny Von Eschen)“African American Literature, Art, Drama, Film, and Dance since 1940,” in The Columbia Encyclopedia of African American Culture (New York: Columbia University Press, 2006), eds. Robert Harris and Rosalyn Terborg-Penn, pp. 155-171.
“E. Franklin Frazier’s Revenge: Anticolonialism, Nonalignment, and Black Intellectuals’ Critiques of Western Culture,” American Literary History 17: 3 (Fall 2005), pp. 506-529.
“The Crisis of Historical Memory: Harold Cruse, Julian Mayfield and African American Expatriates In Nkrumah’s Ghana, 1957-1966,” in Jerry Watts, ed. Harold Cruse’s The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual Reconsidered (New York: Routledge, 2004), pp. 183-200.
“Whose Integration was it?: An Introduction” in Journal of American History (June 2004), pp. 19-25.
“Artistic Othering in Black Diaspora Musics: Preliminary Thoughts on Time, Modernity, Culture, and Politics,” in Robert O’Meally, Brent Edwards, and Farah Jasmine Griffin, eds., The Jazz Cadence of American Culture, Vol. 2 (New York: Columbia University Press, 2004), pp. 204-223.
“The Ambivalence of Citizenship: African American Intellectuals in Search of Community,” in Jonathan Rieder, ed. The Fractious Nation? Unity and Division in American Life (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003), pp. 170-183.
“Race at the End of the ‘American Century,’” (review essay, Thomas Holt, The Problem of Race in the Twenty-First Century; David L. Lewis, W.E.B. Du Bois, Vol. 2; and Gary Gerstle, American Crucible: Race and Nation in Twentieth Century America ) Radical History Review, vol. 87, no. 1 (October 2003) pp. 207-225.
"From Center to Margin: Internationalism and the Origins of Black Feminism." In Materializing Democracy: Toward a Revitalized Cultural Politics, eds. Russ Castronovo and Dana D. Nelson. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2002.
“The Historiography of the Postwar Struggle for Black Equality,” in Essays in post-1945 U.S. Historigraphy, (Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers, 2002), eds. Jean-Christophe Agnew and Roy Rosenzwieg, pp. 211-234.
“Negotiating Constituencies: Some Thoughts on Diaspora and the Past, Present and Future of Afro-American Studies, “ (with Judith Jackson Fossett) in Donald E. Hall, ed., Professions: Conversations on the Future of Literary and Cultural Studies (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2002), pp. 109-130.
“Revisiting Richard Wright in Ghana: Black Radicalism and the Dialectics of Diaspora,” Social Text 67 (Spring 2001): 75-101.
“Duke Ellington, ‘Black Brown and Beige,’ and the Cultural Politics of Race,” in Ronald Radano and Philip Bohlman, eds., Music and the Racial Imagination (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001), pp. 585-602.
“From Black Power to Civil Rights: Julian Mayfield and African American Expatriates in Nkrumah’s Ghana, 1957-1966” in Christian Appy, ed. Cold War Constructions: The Political Culture of United States Imperialism, 1945-1966 (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2000), pp. 257-269.
“Not Ready for ‘Nation Time’” (Review of Komozi Woodard, ANation Within: Amiri Baraka and Black Power Politics) American Quarterly 52 (3) (September 2000): 546-554.
(with Penny Von Eschen) “African Americans and the Ambiguous Legacy of 1898,” Culturefront: A Magazine of the Humanities (Spring 1998): 63-75.
“The Cold War and the African American Expatriate Community in Nkrumah’s Ghana,” in Christopher Simpson, ed. Universities and Empire: The Politics of Funding Intellectual Life in the Postwar Years (New York: The New Press, 1998).
“Rethinking Race and Class in African-American Struggles for Equality, 1885-1941,” American Historical Review 102, no. 2 (April 1997): 378-87.
“Symposium on Race and Racism,” Social Text 42 (Spring 1995): 45-49
“Living History Bears Witness,” review of Broadway production of “Having Our Say,” New York Sunday Times (April 2, 1995), p. H-5.
“Black Americans’ Racial Uplift Ideology as ‘Civilizing Mission’: Pauline E. Hopkins on Race and Imperialism” in Amy Kaplan and Donald Pease, eds. Cultures of U.S. Imperialism (Durham: Duke University Press, 1993), pp. 433-455.
“Assimilationst Minstrelsy as Racial Uplift Ideology: James D. Corrothers’s Literary Quest for Black Leadership,” American Quarterly 45 (3) (September 1993): 341-369.
Selected Papers and Presentations
“Beyond Soul: Stevie Wonder, Jazz-Pop, and Music that will Last Forever,” paper delivered at EMP Pop Music Conference, New York University, March 24, 2012.
Comment, “Global Connections Among Struggles for Racial Justice: Britain, Germany, South Africa, and the United States,” American Historical Association annual meeting, Chicago, January 7, 2012.
Chair and Commentator, “Our Growing Community of Struggle: Angela Davis, the Cold War, and Transnational Historical Memory,” American Studies Association Annual meeting, Baltimore, October 22, 2011.
“Scholar-Activist St. Clair Drake and the Transatlantic World of Black radicalism,” paper given at workshop, “The Subversive Special Relationship: US and UK Black Struggles, Oxford University, Pembroke College, June 17, 2011.
“’In My Mind, We Can Conquer the World’: Stevie Wonder, Crossover, and Protest/Message Songs of the 1960s” EMP Pop Music Conference, UCLA, February 27, 2011.
“Leadership, Accountability, and the Lessons of SNCC and the Black Freedom Movement of the 1960s,” annual lecture in honor of Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Cleveland State University, October 5, 2010.
“Barack Obama and African American Politics,” Lecture delivered at US Studies Center, University of Sydney, July 13, 2010.
“Barack Obama and African American Politics,” Lecture delivered at Sungkyungkwan University, Seoul, Korea, June 15, 2010.
Chair and moderator, “Topics in Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies,” Graduate Workshop, The Japan Association of American Studies Proseminar, Sano Shoin Hall, Hitotsubashi University, June 10, 2010.
Panelist, “What Are the Prospects and Challenges of American Studies in the Era of Globalization?” Roundtable, International Institute of American Studies, Doshisha University, June 8, 2010.
Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life as a Cultural Artifact of “the Long Civil Rights Movement,” Keynote lecture delivered at the annual meeting of the Japan Association of American Studies, June 5, 2010, University of Osaka.
“Barack Obama and African American Politics,” Lecture co-sponsored by U.S. Embassy, Tokyo, and Department of International Relations, The University of Kitakyushu, May 26, 2010. (I also delivered this lecture at U.S. Embassy-sponsored visits to Tokai University, Sophia University, and Kanazawa University while in Japan from May 25-June 11).
“Who Owns the Past?: Pan-Africanism in Ghana,” paper given at biannual meeting of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora, Accra, Ghana, August 2, 2009.
“Africans’ Appropriations of Abraham Lincoln,” paper given at the Global Lincoln conference, St Catherine’s College, Oxford University, July 3, 2009.
Invited commentator, Book manuscript workshop, Theresa Runstedtler, “Journeyman: Race, Boxing and the Transnational World of Jack Johnson,” The Baldy Center for the Study of Law and Social Policy, University of Buffalo, April 20, 2009.
Delivered Martin Luther King program invited lecture, “African American Leadership from Douglass to Obama,” Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, MI, January 19, 2009.
“No Green Pastures: Black Intellectuals in Britain and Ghana and the Construction of a Black World,” paper given for seminar Reconfiguring British History: Britain and the Wider World, led by Catherine Hall and Sonya Rose, University College, London, May 8, 2008.
“’There is Confusion’: Reading Bill Cosby’s ‘Call-Outs’ Against Black Public Culture in the 1990s,” paper given at symposium, Stand Up! The New Politics of Racial Uplift, Temple University, May 2, 2008.
“African American Expatriates in Ghana and the ‘Long, Hot Summer’ of the 1960s,” paper given at “Global 1968” conference, Colgate University, April 19, 2008.
Presenter, “James Baldwin at the First World Congress of Black Writers and Artists, 1956,” paper given at “James Baldwin: Work, Life, and Legacies” conference, University of London, Queen Mary, June 29, 2007.
Presenter, Roundtable on Ghanaian Independence, Annual Meeting, Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations, Chantilly, Virginia, June 21, 2007.
Presenter, “Forward Ever, Backward Never: A Panel Discussion on the 50th Anniversary of Ghana’s Liberation,” Princeton University, `April 11, 2007.
Chair, “Nativism in Public Discourse and Festive Culture,” Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians, Minneapolis, April 1, 2007.
“Race and Stereotypes in U.S. History,” lecture in conjunction with Kara Walker retrospective exhibition, “My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love,” Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, March 27, 2007.
Presenter, 50 Years of Ghanaian Independence, Wayne State University, February 22, 2007.
Presenter, “Africana Studies: The State of the Field,” Bowdoin College, February 9, 2007.
Commentator and Chair, “The Double Inscription of Black Bodies Across Ideological Boundaries,” The American Studies Association annual meeting, Oakland, October 14, 2006.
Invited participant in Ford Foundation meeting on Black Studies. Presented position paper on the state of the field and funding alternatives for black studies, New York, April 21, 2006.
Commentator, “Imagining Africa during the Cold War,” The Organization of American Historians’ annual meeting, Washington DC., April 22, 2006.
Presenter, “’The Making of African American Identity, 1865-1917’: A K-16 workshop,” American Studies Association annual meeting, Washington D.C., November 4, 2005.
Commentator and Chair, “The Anti-Imperial Imaginary and the Color Line,” American Studies Association annual meeting, Washington D.C., November 4, 2005.
Discussant (with Rebecca Scott and Carroll Smith-Rosenberg) for Lawrence Powell lecture, “New Orleans: An American Pompei,” sponsored by the Institute for the Humanities, University of Michigan, September 26, 2005.
“Black Expatriates in Nkrumah’s Ghana,” paper given at biannual conference, Collegium for African American Research, Tours, France, April 22, 2005.
Panelist for session “American Congo: A Roundtable,” American Historical Association, annual meeting, Seattle, January 8, 2005.
Panelist for roundtable session on Leslie Harris’s In the Shadow of Slavery, Social Science History Association annual meeting, Chicago, November 20, 2004.
Commentator for session, “The Black Revolution on Campus, in City Hall and in the Home,” Organization of American Historians meeting, Boston, March 26, 2004.
“Pauli Murray in Ghana: Race, Liberalism and an African American Woman’s Dilemma,” paper given at conference, Gender, Race and Rights in African American Women’s History, marking the 60th anniversary of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe University, October 3, 2003.
Presented as part of a panel, “New American Studies,” Dartmouth Summer American Studies Institute, “Outside American Studies,” June 5, 2003.
Presenter on August Wilson’s play King Hedley III, as part of the Penumbra Theatre Symposium marking the 25th anniversary of the company, May 28, 2003.
“Black Expatriates In Ghana,” paper given at conference, “Race, Globalization and the New Ethnic Studies,” Brown University, March 7, 2003.
“Malcolm X in Ghana,” lecture given at University of Illinois at Chicago, African American Cultural Center, February 27, 2003.
“Pan-Africanism/Diaspora,” talk for roundtable session, “Keywords in African American Studies,” American Studies Association annual meeting, Houston, November 2002.
“Malcolm X in Ghana,” paper given at the European Social Science History meeting, The Hague, Netherlands, February 29, 2002.
Comment, “Transnational narratives of slavery and remembrance,”
Session at the annual meeting, American Studies Association, October 8, 2001.
“St. Clair Drake, Black Folk Here and There, and Black Studies Counternarratives of Race, paper given at the American Historical Association annual meeting, January 6, 2001, Boston.
Chair, “The Stone the Builder Rejected: African American struggles for equality in the urban North” American Studies Association annual meeting, October 12, 2000, Detroit.
“Of Coups and Concerts: The U.S. in Africa during the Cold War,” talk for Sociology department, University of Michigan, May 23, 2000 (with Penny Von Eschen).
Comment, “playing the Red Card: African Americans and the Left,” American Historical Association annual meeting, January 8, 1999, Chicago.
University of California, Riverside, Lehigh University, Rutgers University, Purdue University, University of Iowa, Princeton, Yale University, Carleton College, Rider College, Trinity University, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois, Chicago, Brown University, Wayne State University, University of Memphis, University of California, Los Angeles, Duke University, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Howard University, Albion College, Penumbra Theater Company, Minneapolis, McCarter Theater, Princeton, University College, London, The W.E.B. Du Bois Center for Pan-African Culture (Accra, Ghana), Doshisha University (Japan), University of Kyoto, The Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, Michigan, Tokai University (Sapporo Campus), University of Kitakyushu, Kanazawa University, Sophia University (Japan), Seoul National University, Ehwa University (Korea), Sungkyungkwan University (Korea).
Professional Service and Consulting: Chair, External Review Committee, African American and Diaspora Studies Department, Indiana University, March 25-27, 2012.
Member, External Review Committee, African American Studies Department, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Oct. 29-31, 2011.
Presenter for “The Study of the United States in China,” roundtable discussion convened by Institute for International Education, United Nations Plaza, New York, September 21, 2009.
External Review committee, African American Studies Department, Yale University,
April 28-29, 2008.
President, American Studies Association, 2008-present.
Chair, Committee on Academic Freedom, Organization of American Historians, 2007-
Advisor, Oregon Public Broadcasting, “America’s History in the Making,” a U.S.-Department of Education-funded professional development series for high school teachers of U.S. history, 2005-2006.
Program Committee, American Studies Association, 2005-2006.
Ralph Gabriel Dissertation Prize committee, American Studies Association, 2005.
Co-Chair, search committee for editor of the Journal of American History, Organization of American Historians, 2003-2004.
Editorial Board, Journal of American History, Organization of American Historians, 2001-present.
Panelist for National Endowment for the Humanities, media planning grants, December 11, 2000; April 15, 2002.
Lerner-Scott Dissertation Prize Committee, Organization of American Historians, 2001.
Member of Advisory Board for documentary, “Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin,” 1999-present.
Panelist for National Endowment for the Humanities, American History/American Studies Fellowships review committee, Summer 1998.
American Historical Association Committee on Minority Historians, 1998-2002.
American Studies Association, John Hope Franklin Book Prize Committee, 1999.
American Studies Association, Program Committee, 1996-1997.
Consultant, Princeton Historical Society Exhibition, “A Community Remembers: African American Life in Princeton, 1995-1996.
Script Consultant, McCarter Theater, for Broadway production of Emily Mann’s “Having Our Say,” March 1995.
Consultant, Rhode Island Historical Preservation Society, on the African American community in Newport, 1991.
Series editor: “American History and Culture,” New York University Press.
University of Michigan Service
LSA committee on revising promotion procedures (1999-2000)
Executive Committee, History department (2000-02)
Executive Committee, CAAS (2002-2004)
Director, CAAS, (2005-present)
President’s South Africa Planning Group, 2007-08 (helped with planning of Mary Sue Coleman’s trip to Ghana and South Africa, Feb-March 2008).
Co-Chair, Provost’s committee on Enhancing African Studies at the U of M, 2007, (leading to the establishment of the African Studies Center).
African Studies Center Steering Committee, 2008-present.
Graduate Student Committees: Co-Chair, Patrick Parker, Department of History
Chair, Grace Okrah, Program in Anthropology and History
Chair, Paul Hebert, Department of History
Co-Chair, Charles Gentry, Program in American Culture, 2011.
Co-Chair, Robert S, Hill, Program in American Culture, 2008.
Member, Millington Lockwood, Department of History, 2011.
Member, Rachel Peterson, Program in American Culture, 2008.
Member, Tracie Rubeck, Department of Communications, 2007.
Member, Ahmad Rahman, Department of History, 2006.
Member, Jess Rigelhaupt, Program in American Culture, 2005.
Member, Moses Ebe Ochonu, Department of History, 2004
American Historical Review, Journal of American History, Journal of Canadian and American Studies, Johns Hopkins University Press, University of Minnesota Press, University of California Press, University of North Carolina Press, Wesleyan University Press, Duke University Press, New York University Press, Temple University Press, Rutgers University Press, McGraw Hill, Heinemann Publishers, University of Massachusetts Press.