The Carter G. Woodson Institute's 30th Anniversary Symposium
We at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies are excited to celebrate our Thirtieth Anniversary. Founded in 1981 as the Institute for African American Research, it was renamed a year later in honor of Virginia native, Carter G. Woodson. Armstead L. Robinson, the Institute's founding director, began his tenure with a two-fold mandate: to promote and enhance the research and teaching of African American Studies in the schools and departments of the University of Virginia and to establish a center for research in African American Studies at this major southern university, the first of Virginia's institutions of higher learning to establish an African American Studies program. Also Professor of History, Armstead Robinson held this position until his untimely death in 1994. Since then, each subsequent head—Acting Director William Jackson, Director Reginald Butler, Interim Director Scot French, Interim Director Cynthia Hoehler-Fatton, and now Director Deborah E. McDowell (2008-)—has worked to advance the Institute's founding mandate. A small, but vital institution, "the Woodson," as it is affectionately known, has always depended on the energy of a committed handful of core faculty, including Professors Roquinaldo Ferreira, Claudrena Harold, and Marlon Ross, as well as supportive faculty affiliates who have staffed its committees, mentored its fellows, advised its undergraduate majors, and taught the wide array of courses that comprise our interdisciplinary program.
Since its inception the Institute has sponsored the research of 150 pre- and post-doctoral scholars. Their work, which has appeared in numerous books and articles published by the foremost university presses and academic journals, has garnered prizes and awards. Tera Hunter, Professor of History at Princeton, won several awards for To 'Joy My Freedom: Southern Black Women's Lives and Labors after the Civil War (Harvard), including the Book of the Year Award from the International Labor History Association. Melvin Patrick Ely (College of William and Mary), won the prestigious Bancroft Prize for Israel on the Appomattox: A Southern Experience in Black Freedom (Random House). Most recently Parker Shipton was awarded the 2008 Melville Herskovits prize from the African Studies Association for his book, The Nature of Entrustment (Indiana), a prize which he shared with John Thornton, another Woodson alumnus, for a book the latter co-authored with Linda Heyward, entitled, Central Africans, Atlantic Creoles, and the Foundation of the Americas, 1585–1660 (Cambridge). These are but a few of our former fellows whose research has earned them distinction in their fields.
In addition to our fellowship program, we have administered an interdisciplinary undergraduate major and minor in African American and African Studies, as well as a minor in African Studies. As of spring 2010, over 520 students had earned their undergraduate degrees in African American Studies. Over the years, the graduates of our program have gone on to pursue fruitful careers in a wide array of fields and professions. They have been accepted into various competitive graduate programs—at Yale, Columbia, and the University of Pennsylvania, most recently—as well as into various professional schools. But, of course, no account—even this thumbnail sketch—of our undergraduate program, would be complete without some consideration of the energetic and influential role our students have played on Grounds these past thirty years. Their activism was crucial to the formation and development of the major forty years ago, as well as to the more recent creation of a minor in African Studies. Students figure in equally prominent ways in the contested origins of the Carter G. Woodson Institute itself.
We begin this anniversary symposium, then, with much to celebrate, much to review, and much to anticipate, not simply during this three-day program, but also as we contemplate the very future of African American and African Studies at the University of Virginia and beyond. We are pleased that many of our former and current students, fellows and faculty affiliates are coming together, joining an impressive array of participants to look back at our past and to look forward to our future.
The current symposium is the fourth in a series begun in April 2008 with "Richard Wright at 100," followed by "The Problem of Punishment: Race, Inequality, and Justice" (April 2009) and "The NAACP: A Symposium Celebrating a Century of Civil Rights" (October 2009). Unlike its predecessors, the theme of this symposium is intentionally broad and capacious, as we have hoped, since its conception, to capture both the interdisciplinarity that defines African American and African Studies, as well as its global origins and scope. In titling this symposium "African American and African Studies at work in the World," we sought to elicit diverse topics, approaches, methodologies, and interpretations of both "work" and "world." While commemorating three decades of the Woodson Institute's dedication to scholarship, research, teaching, and public outreach, the symposium provides us an occasion to explore the impact of African American and African Studies on the state of U. S. higher education, as well as the reach of these fields of study within the global community.
As ours is an Institute named for the famed historian Carter G. Woodson, it is altogether fitting that we have structured the symposium around the "pillars" of Woodson's scholarship and research, exploring their continued implications and inflections for contemporary intellectual questions and scholarly research. Broadly speaking, these pillars include Religion (The History of the Negro Church), Education (The Mis-Education of the Negro and The Education of the Negro Prior to 1861), Migration (A Century of Negro Migration), Labor and Economics (The Negro Wage Earner, with Lorenzo Greene) Africa (The African Background Outlined), and Family (Free Negro Heads of Families). Of course, these neither exhaust the scope of Woodson's scholarly occupations nor the concerns of this symposium, which addresses topics and developments Woodson could have but dimly imagined.
Scholars currently studying "the history of the Negro church" are spinning volumes on the dominant influence of mass media on various religious practices, Protestant evangelicalism, most especially. And although those who focus on "the black family" have hardly abandoned their persistent preoccupation with who sits at its "head," contemporary configurations of family have never been more fluid than now. Indeed, the new reproductive technologies of our "Genomic Age" have already begun to radically destabilize traditional conceptions of the two-parent, heterosexual nuclear family, each member connected biologically to each. While Carter G. Woodson mainly surveyed a "century of Negro migration," on an axis from the southern to the northern United States, contemporary scholars of race and migration must confront the rapid demographic shifts and movements, including but not limited to, the growth of African migration and the formation of new "African diasporas." Participants in this symposium will take up these, as well as a myriad of other questions and concerns critical to what it means to be "at work" on African American and African Studies in a rapidly-evolving "world."
The Program Committee:
Deborah McDowell, Chair
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Day 1: Thursday, April 7, 2011
Presentations Held in the Auditorium of the Harrison Institute/Small Special Collections Library
9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
|9:00-9:15 a.m.||Musical Selection: Dei Ashilei Nikoi|
Welcome: Dean Meredith Woo, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Buckner W. Clay Professor of Politics
Opening Remarks: Deborah E. McDowell, Director, Carter G. Woodson Institute, Alice Griffin Professor of English
Panel One: African American and African Studies at the University of Virginia
Moderator: Karen Waters, Quality Communication Council
Claudrena Harold, University of Virginia
"On the Wings of Atlanta": The Struggle for African American Studies at the University of Virgina, 1969-1995
Paul Gaston, Professor Emeritus, University of Virginia
Adom Getachew, Yale University (College 2009)
Stephanie de Wolfe, (College 2010)
Respondent: Angela Davis, University of Virginia
Performance by Victor Cabas, Hampden-Sydney College
Panel Two: People Out of Place: Race Space and Social Movements
Moderator: Herbert T. Lovelace, University of Virginia (Woodson Fellow 2010-2012)
Risa Goluboff, University of Virginia
Scot French, University of Virginia (Woodson Fellow 1994-1996)
Craig Barton, University of Virginia
Respondent: Bryan Wagner, University of California-Berkeley (Woodson Fellow 2001–2004)
Panel Three: Navigating the Mediasphere
Moderator: Sandy Alexandre, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Woodson Fellow 2003-2005)
Alisha Gaines, University of Virginia (Woodson Fellow 2009-2011)
Jonathan Walton, Harvard Divinity School
Nikol Alexander-Floyd, Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Deva Woodly, New School for Social Research and Lang College (College 2001)
Respondent: Andrea Press, University of Virginia
|3:30 - 3:45 p.m.||Break—Performance by Victor Cabas|
Panel Four: Interrogating the African Diaspora
Moderator: Ellen Contini-Morava, University of Virginia
Herman Bennett, The Graduate Center-City University of New York
Deborah Thomas, University of Pennsylvania
Yarimar Bonilla, University of Virginia
Performance: UVA African Music and Dance Ensemble
Respondent: Michelle Kisliuk, University of Virginia
Keynote Addres: Paul Zeleza, Loyola Marymount University
The Ties That Bind: From African and African American Studies to Africana Studies
Day 2: Friday, April 8, 2011
Presentations Held in Auditorium of the Harrison Institute/Small Special Collections Library
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Presentation Held at South Lawn (Manley Commons and Crozer Terrace)
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Presentation Held in Minor Hall
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Performance: Hermine Pinson, College of William and Mary
Panel One: Respecting Intimacies: The Claims and Kinds of Kinship
Moderator: Anna Lim (Woodson Fellow 2008-2010)
Waldo Johnson, University of Chicago
Parker Shipton, Boston University (Woodson Fellow 1989-1990)
Juan Battle, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Todne Chipumuro, University of Virginia
Respondent: Susan McKinnon, University of Virginia
Panel Two: When Work Disappears
Moderator: Frederick Knight, Colorado State University (Woodson Fellow 2001-2002)
William Fletcher, Labor, Justice, and Solidarity Activist
Rhonda Sharpe, Bennett College
Mildred Robinson, University of Virginia
Respondent: Sharon Harley (University of Maryland)
|2:00 p.m.||Performance: Hermine Pinson, College of William and Mary|
Panel Three: Religion, Ritual and the Sacred
Moderator: Cynthia Hoehler-Fatton, University of Virginia (Woodson Fellow 1991-1993)
Vicki Brennan University of Vermont (Woodson Fellow 2004-2006)
Katherine Clay-Bassard, Virginia Commonwealth University
Signs and Wonders: Sacred Texts, Sacred Selves in African American Literature
Bettye Collier-Thomas, Temple University
Z.S. Strother, Columbia University (Woodson Fellow 1990-1992)
Respondent: Brandi Hughes, University of Michigan (Woodson Fellow 2007-2009)
Panel Four: Bio-Politics: Race, Health and the Body
Moderator: Dennis Tyler, University of Virginia (Woodson Fellow 2010-2012)
Jenifer Barclay, University of Virginia (Woodson Fellow 2009-2011)
J.T. Roane, Columbia University (College 2008)
Samuel Roberts, Columbia University (College 1995)
Historical Thinking, Mixed Methodologies, and the "Heroin Epidemic" of 1960-1973
Respondent: Gertrude Fraser, University of Virginia (Woodson Fellow 1985)
Dedication of Catherine Foster Site
Day 3: Saturday, April 9, 2011
All Presentations Held in the Auditorium of the Harrison Institute/Small Special Collections Library
9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Deborah E. McDowell, Director, Carter G. Woodson Institute, Alice Griffin Professor of English
Panel One: Documenting the Civil Rights Movement: New Research Opportunities
Moderator: Kelly E. Miller, University of Virginia
Laura Thomson, Amistad Research Center Tulane University
Cheryl Oestreicher, Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History
Sarah Quigley, Emory University Archives
Petrina Jackson, University of Virginia Library
Film Shorts by Kevin Everson, University of Virginia
Keynote Address: Carole Boyce Davies, Cornell University
Revisiting the Radical Black Intellectual Tradition in Africana Studies
Panel Discussion: Texts and Methodologies of Africana Studies
Tera Hunter, Princeton University (Woodson Fellow 1987-1989)
The Making of a People’s History: Writing a Narrative History of African Americans, Promises and Challenges
Roquinaldo Ferreira, University of Virginia
Jemima Pierre, Vanderbilt University (Woodson Fellow 2002-2004)
Writing Ghana, Imagining Africa, and Interrogating Diaspora
Lawrie Balfour, University of Virginia
W.E.B. Du Bois and the Reconstruction of Democratic Theory
Roundtable Discussion: The Future of Africana Studies
Berhanu Abegaz, William and Mary
Sarajanee Davis, University of Virginia, President, Black Student Alliance
Rita Edozie, Michigan State University
Deborah E. McDowell, University of Virginia
Greg Thomas, Syracuse University
Francille Russan Wilson, University of Southern California
Berhanu Abegaz: William and Mary
BA, Princeton; PhD, U. Penn
Berhanu Abegaz (B.A., Princeton; Ph.D., U. Penn) is Professor of Economics and Director of Africana Studies at The College of William and Mary. His wide ranging research and teaching interests include post-socialist economies, African economic development, effectiveness of development aid, and patterns of late industrialization. Long involved in internationalizing the university's curriculum, he recently oversaw the merger of the Black Studies and African Studies programs into a more diaspora-oriented Africana Studies program.
Rutgers University Associate Professor of Women"s and Gender Studies
Nikol G. Alexander-Floyd is Assistant Professor of Women's & Gender Studies and an Associate Member of the Political Science Graduate Faculty at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. A lawyer and political scientist, Dr. Alexander-Floyd has been actively engaged in a wide range of political and legal issues. She has been a featured speaker at a number of colleges and universities, including Bryn Mawr, Northwestern, Prairie View A&M, Princeton, and Syracuse, among others. A strong advocate for minorities in general and women of color in particular, she co-founded the Association for the Study of Black Women in Politics (www.asbwp.org), an organization dedicated to promoting the development of Black women's and gender studies and supporting the professionalization of Black women political scientists. A legal theorist and activist, she has produced scholarship and provided commentary for various media outlets on some of the most controversial legal cases of our time, including the Hopwood case in Texas. An award-winning educator, Dr. Alexander-Floyd teaches a range of courses on Black feminist theory, Black women's political activism, and race, gender, media, and the law. The author of Gender, Race, and Nationalism in Contemporary Black Politics (Palgrave/Macmillan 2007), her articles have appeared or are forthcoming in such leading journals such as The International Journal of Africana Studies, Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies, Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism, Politics & Gender, PS: Political Science & Politics, and the National Political Science Review. A member of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Council of Academic Advisors, she investigates gender and Black political ideology in political discourse, popular culture, and social policy. Her next book project will investigate the political implications of post-feminist, post-civil rights ideology.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Professor Alexandre (B.A., Dartmouth College; Ph.D., University of Virginia) is Associate Professor of Literature at MIT. Her first book, The Lynching Diaspora: Strange Fruits of Violence, analyzes how what she calls "the ecology of lynching violence" necessarily informs the ways in which black-American artists reappraise the popularity of the pastoral idyll in American literature and culture. She is also at work on her second book, The Play's, the Thing: The Drama of Objects in Black Theater and Performance, which analyzes black theatrical deployments of props, objective correlatives, and other symbolic objects. Her research interests include African- American studies, visual studies, and southern studies.
University of Virginia
Lawrie Balfour is associate professor of politics at UVA and the author of Democracy's Reconstruction: Thinking Politically with W. E. B. Du Bois (Oxford University Press, 2011) and The Evidence of Things Not Said: James Baldwin and the Promise of American Democracy (Cornell University Press, 2001). Her articles on race and democratic theory have appeared in Political Theory, American Political Science Review, Hypatia, The Review of Politics, and edited collections Balfour has held fellowships from the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research, the Center for the Study of Values in Public Life at Harvard Divinity School, the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. A recipient of multiple teaching awards, she was Laurence S. Rockefeller Visiting Associate Professor for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton University in 2008–2009. She is now working on a book project on reparations for slavery and Jim Crow.
Michigan State University and (Woodson Fellow 2009–2011)
Jenifer Barclay is a current pre-doctoral fellow at the University of Virginia's Carter G. Woodson Institute and a doctoral candidate from Michigan State University's Department of History. She expects to earn her degree in May 2011 upon completion of her dissertation, "Cripples All! Or, the Mark of Slavery: Disability and Race in Antebellum America, 1820–1860." She received her Master's degree in history from The University of Akron and undergraduate degree from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania.
University of Virginia
Craig Barton is an associate professor of architecture at the University of Virginia School of Architecture, and is the editor of the anthology, Sites of Memory: Landscapes of Race and Ideology, published by Princeton Architectural Press (2000). He is principal at RBGC Associates, an architecture and urban design practice in Charlottesville, VA. The firm's clients include the National Voting Rights Museum in Selma, Alabama.
Graduate Center, City University of New York
Juan Battle is a Professor of Sociology, Public Health, and Urban Education at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. With over 50 grants and publications - including articles, encyclopedia entries, book chapters, and books - his research focuses on race, sexuality, and social justice. He was a recent Fulbright Senior Specialist and the Fulbright Distinguished Chair of Gender Studies at the University of Klagenfurt, Austria. A recent president of the Association of Black Sociologists, he is also actively involved with the American Sociological Association (ASA). Professor Battle's research has taken him throughout North America, as well as South America, Africa, Asia, and Europe. Among other research projects, he is currently heading the Social Justice Sexuality initiative - a project exploring the lived experiences of Black, Latina/o, and Asian lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the United States and Puerto Rico. He received his A.S. and B.S. from York College of Pennsylvania; his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
Graduate Center, City University of New York
Herman L. Bennett, Professor of History at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, is the author of Africans in Colonial Mexico (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2003) and Colonial Blackness: A History of Afro-Mexico (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009). Currently, he is working on a book-length study, "Africans into Slaves: Sovereignty and Politics in the Making of the African Diaspora," which examines the ceremonies, rituals and politics that shaped the interaction between Africans and Europeans in the course of the early modern slave trade.
University of Virginia, (Woodson Fellow 2006–2008)
A former Carter G. Woodson fellow and graduate of the University of Chicago, Yarimar Bonilla is currently Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at the University of Virginia. She teaches and writes about historical memory, colonial legacies, and post-colonial politics in the non-sovereign Caribbean.
University of Vermont (Woodson Fellow 2004–2006)
A former pre-doctoral fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Institute, Vicki L. Brennan is an assistant professor of Religion at the University of Vermont. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago in 2007. She taught in the Programs of Studies in Women and Gender and African and African American Studies at the University of Virginia from 2006–2007. Her research focuses on the relationships between music, religion, and politics in contemporary Nigeria. She is currently at work on a book project that details how Yoruba Christians use music to produce forms of community and identity that work to articulate and mediate religious values in relation to political-economic changes in Nigeria since 1999. She has also begun to research the relationships between commercially recorded gospel music, new media technologies, and religious publics in Nigeria.
Victor Cabas is currently professor of Rhetoric at Hampden-Sydney College, where he has taught since 1981. He is a professional guitarist, known throughout the region for his legendary performances and for his encyclopedic knowledge of the blues.
Todne Thomas Chipumuro
University of Virginia
Todne Thomas Chipumuro is a doctoral candidate in socio-cultural anthropology at the University of Virginia. A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University where she graduated cum laude and with Phi Beta Kappa distinctions after completing a double major in anthropology and African American studies in 2004. Her interests include religions and kinship of the African Diaspora, evangelical Christianity, and migration. Her dissertation project, Coming Alongside: Relatedness and Transcendence in a (Black) Atlantic Church Community, explores the spiritual kinship ties mediating the lived religious experiences and imaginaries of a West Indian and African American evangelical faith community in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to providing a closer look into how black evangelicals understand their connections to the sacred and one another, her work compels a reconsideration of kinship as a primarily biological phenomenon and provides a dynamic portrait of the changing geographies of the U.S. South in a globalizing world.
Todne is the recipient of numerous awards, including: the Jefferson Doctoral Fellowship, the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities South Atlantic Studies Fellowship, the UVA Dissertation Acceleration Fellowship for interdisciplinary scholarship, and the UVA Anthropology Dissertation Year Fellowship. She is also an active participant in the Magnitude Collective (a graduate educational association), the Tomorrow's Professor Today Program, and the Graduate Diversity Advisory Committee.
Virginia Commonwealth University
Katherine Clay-Bassard (Ph.D. Rutgers University) is associate professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is the author of Spiritual Interrogations: Culture, Gender, and Community in Early African American Women's Writing (Princeton, 1999), Transforming Scriptures: African American Women Writers and the Bible (University of Georgia, 2010) as well as numerous essays on African American literature and religion.
A professor in the Department of History and the former director of the Temple University Center for African American History and Culture, Dr. Bettye Collier-Thomas is a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians. She is the founder and served as the first executive director of the Bethune Museum and Archives in Washington, D.C., the nation’s first museum and archives for African American women’s history. Now a unit of the National Park Service, this National Historic Site honors Mary McLeod Bethune, a noted African American educator who headed a division of the National Youth Administration under President Franklin Roosevelt. Her books include Jesus, Jobs, and Justice: The History of African American Women and Religion, Daughters of Thunder: Black Women Preachers and Their Sermons, 1850-1979, and Sisters in the Struggle: African American Women in the Civil Rights-Black Power Movement. My Soul Is a Witness: A Chronology of the Civil Rights Era, 1954-1964.
Professor Collier-Thomas is the recipient of numerous book prizes, awards and honors, including the Organization of American Historians 2011 Darlene Clark Hine Book Award, the National Women's Political Caucus's 2010 EMMA Book Award, and the 2010 Association of Black Women's Historians 2010 Letitia Woods Brown Book Award for Jesus, Jobs, and Justice. In 2001 the Association for the Study of African American Life and History awarded her the Carter Godwin Woodson Distinguished Scholars Medallion. She has received multiple research grants from the Lilly Endowment, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She has held fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., the National Humanities Center, and Princeton University. Collier-Thomas is currently working on a book-length history of African American women and politics.
University of Virginia Department of Anthopology
Ellen Contini-Morava is a professor and former chair of the University of Virginia's Department of Anthropology. Her general area of interest is the relationship between the meanings of grammatical forms and discourse: what kinds of meanings do grammatical forms signal, and what kinds of messages do they convey? In the categories of traditional linguistics, this question falls somewhere between syntax, semantics and pragmatics. Her theoretical orientation is both semiotic and "functionalist." This means that one explains the use of linguistic forms as a relation between their conventionalized meanings and the "pragmatic" context: socio-cultural rules of interpretation, general human psychological characteristics, etc.
Most of her work has focused on Swahili, a Bantu language originally spoken along the East African coast, but now used as a second language in East and central Africa. Swahili reflects the cosmopolitan, maritime, syncretistic culture of its speakers. It has retained its Bantu grammatical structure while absorbing large numbers of loan words from genetically unrelated languages (Omani Arabic, Persian, various Indian languages, and more recently English). Her current work examines the impact of words (and the concepts they represent) on the indigenous system of noun classification.
Carol Boyce Davies
Professor of English and Africana-Studies at Cornell University
Carole Boyce Davies,an African Diaspora Studies scholar, is Professor of Africana Studies and English at Cornell University. She is author of Left of Karl Marx. The Political Life of Black Communist Claudia Jones (Duke University Press, 2008) and Black Women, Writing and Identity: Migrations of the Subject (Routledge, 1994) which is considered a theoretical base for many studies in the field of black feminist literary theory and the writing of migration. In addition to numerous scholarly articles, Dr. Boyce Davies has also published the following critical editions: Ngambika. Studies of Women in African Literature (Africa World Press, 1986); Out of the Kumbla. Caribbean Women and Literature (Africa World Press, 1990); a two-volume collection of critical and creative writing entitled Moving Beyond Boundaries(New York University Press, 1995): International Dimensions of Black Women's Writing (volume 1), and Black Women's Diasporas (volume 2). She is co-editor with Ali Mazrui and Isidore Okpewho of The African Diaspora: African Origins and New World Identities (Indiana University Press, 1999) and Decolonizing the Academy. African Diaspora Studies (Africa World Press, 2003). She is general editor of the 3-volume The Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora (Oxford: ABC-CLIO, 2008). Her forthcoming work is a collection of the writings of Claudia Jones titled Beyond Containment: Claudia Jones: Autobiographical Reflections and Essays (Banbury: Ayebia, 2011).
University of Virginia
Angela M. Davis has been a member of the University faculty in the English Department since 1975. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, in 1978 she joined the Office of the Dean of Students as an assistant dean, working primarily with Resident Staff and the Residence Life Program. For several years, Ms. Davis chaired the Parents' Weekend Committee (now known as Family Weekend). Under her leadership, Parents' Weekend became a University-wide event with an academic focus and showcases the annual Culturefest event. In addressing the increasing diversification of the student body, she has designed workshops and conducted panel discussions on race, gender and diversity issues at the University. In 1996 Ms. Davis was promoted to Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life with oversight responsibility for the Residence Life Program. Over the years she has served on key University-wide committees such as the President's Task Force on the Status of Women at UVa, the Charting Diversity Task Force, the Fine Arts Commission and the Women's Center Advisory Council. She recently co-chaired the President's Commission on Diversity and Equity and the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award Committee. For more than three decades Ms. Davis has promoted the Jeffersonian ideals of holding students accountable for their self-governance while educating them, both in and out of the classroom, to be critical thinkers in a global society. In her current role as Special Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs Ms. Davis is leading implementation of the diversity and public service related initiatives recommended by the Commissions on Diversity and Equity and the Future of the University.
University of Virginia (College 2012)
Sarajanee Davis is a third year student at the University of Virginia studying Political and Social Thought and African American Studies. A native of Charlottesville, since matriculating to UVa she has sought to use her voice to encourage her fellow students to explore their surroundings while also using their voices for advocacy. Over the last three years, Sarajanee has worked on the executive boards of the Black Student Alliance, Office of African American Affairs Peer Advisor program, and Ralph Bunche Society, while also serving as the chair of the Social Action and International Awareness committee for the Kappa Rho chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated. Now President of the Black Student Alliance, she seeks to empower her peers to become involved and insist that the university give high priority to issues pertaining to the Black community, in particular the future of Africana studies. Post graduation, Sarajanee intends to pursue a joint masters in public policy and law with the hope of working on education curriculum policy reform.
Stephanie de Wolfe
University of Virginia (College 2010)
Stephanie de Wolfe graduated from the University of Virginia in May 2010, with a dual degree in African American and African Studies and Political and Social Thought. During her time at UVa she was part of the Organization of African Students, heading the African Studies Initiative. She currently works at the Global Fund for Children, a grant-making foundation in Washington DC.
Rita Kiki (Nkkiru) Edozie
Michigan State University
Rita Kiki Edozie is an Associate Professor of International Relations and the Director of African American and African Studies at Michigan State University, East Lansing. Kiki's research interests include African affairs, comparative politics, democratization; and international political economy with a focus on development. Dr. Edozie is the author of three books, including Reconstructing the Third Wave of Democracy and Reframing Contemporary Africa (with Peyi Soyinka-Airwele), and has also contributed scholarly articles and book chapters to several edited volumes and journals. She is currently working on a book manuscript that will excavate the deep contours and wide scope of "African globality". Professor Edozie is also a Lilly Teaching Fellow (MSU-SOTL, 2007-2008) and describes her teaching mission as that of an "interdisciplinary political science facilitator of critical thinking and constructivist learning".
University of Virginia (College 2011)
Ishraga Eltahir is a fourth year Echols and Ridley Scholar, double majoring in Political & Social Thought and African-American & African Studies. She is also part of an effort to memorialize the enslaved laborers who helped in the construction and maintenance of the University of Virginia in its early history. She wrote her Distinguished Majors thesis on the propensity for migration in South African medical students. Another thesis, written for her second major, examines the potential of the African Union to effectively promote good governance. She is an intern at the Carter G. Woodson Institute, as well as the University and Community Action for Racial Equity (UCARE).
Kevin Jerome Everson
University of Virginia
Kevin Everson was born and raised in Mansfield, Ohio. He has a MFA from Ohio University and a BFA from the University of Akron. He is currently an Associate Professor of Art at the University of Virginia. Everson has received fellowships from the Guggenheim, NEA, NEH, Ohio Arts Council and the Virginia Museum, an American Academy Rome Prize, grants from Creative Capital and the Mid-Atlantic, residencies at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Yaddo and MacDowell Colony, and numerous university fellowships. Everson's films have screened at numerous international film festivals including the Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah; International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Netherlands; AFI Film Festival, Los Angeles, California; Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, Michigan (Peter Wilde Award for Technical Innovation, Eleven Eighty Two), Athens International Film Festival, Ohio (Experimental Film Award Second Shift), and many other festivals and venues. His films will be on exhibition at The Whitney Museum of American Art from April 28–September 11, 2011.
University of Virginia
Roquinaldo Ferreira is assistant professor of History and African American Studies at the University of Virginia. He received a Ph.D. in African History from UCLA in 2003. His research concentrates on Central Africa (Angola and Kongo) and the History of the Slave Trade.
William Fletcher, Jr.
Labor, Racial Justice, and International Solidarity Activist
William "Bill" Fletcher, Jr. is a long-time racial justice, labor and international activist and writer. He is an editorial board member of BlackCommentator.com, Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies, the immediate past president of TransAfrica Forum, and the co-author (with Dr. Fernando Gapasin) of "Solidarity Divided."
With a history of activism extending back to his high school years, Fletcher has been involved with the labor movement since graduating from college, having been a rank and file activist as well as a staff person in several unions as well as the national AFL-CIO (where he was the Education Director and later Assistant to then President John Sweeney). Fletcher is a syndicated writer who also frequently appears as a commentator on radio, television and the Web.
University of Virginia (Woodson Fellow, 1985)
Gertrude Fraser is Vice Provost for Faculty Recruitment & Retention at the University of Virginia. She was a Program Officer in higher education at the Ford Foundation from 2000–2003 where she spearheaded initiatives on diversity in higher education and interdisciplinary programming in women's and African American studies. From 1998–2000, she was Director of the Undergraduate Program in Anthropology and Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Carter G. Woodson Institute of African American and African Studies at the University of Virginia. Ms. Fraser earned degrees from Bryn Mawr College and Johns Hopkins University, where she completed her Doctorate in Anthropology.
Her scholarship focuses on African American culture, community, and identity in the diaspora; race, gender and science; comparative body politics; genetics, ethics, and minority populations; and ethnohistory. She is committed to scholarship which emphasizes action on behalf of creating and strengthening opportunities for historically underrepresented groups in higher education. She is the author of African American Midwifery in the South: Dialogues of Birth, Race, and Memory (Harvard University Press).
University of Virginia (Woodson Fellow 1994–1996)
Scot French (Ph.D., History, University of Virginia) is an historian of race, slavery, and collective memory in 19th and 20th century America. A 1994–96 Woodson pre-doctoral fellowship supported the completion of his dissertation, revised and published as The Rebellious Slave: Nat Turner in American Memory (Houghton Mifflin, 2004). He has served as assistant/associate/ interim director of the Woodson Institute (1997–2006) and director of the Virginia Center for Digital History (2006–2010). The Vinegar Hill website and film projects he is presenting at this symposium grew out of a series of Ford Foundation-funded collaborative research grants that he and Woodson director emeritus Reginald D. Butler administered through the Institute's Center for the Study of Local Knowledge/Race and Place Project (2000–2006). Through a mix of internships, independent study projects, and digital public history/community engagement courses, French has promoted student research and encouraged university-community dialogue on the history and legacy of the Vinegar Hill, from its 19th century origins to the present.
(Woodson Fellow 2009–2011)
Alisha Gaines is a Carter G. Woodson postdoctoral fellow at the University of Virginia. She earned her PhD in English and African American Studies from Duke University. She is currently working on her book manuscript, Black Like We Imagine Ourselves: Spectacular Fantasies of Race and Nation, which rethinks the political consequences of empathy by examining mid-to-late twentieth and twenty-first century narratives of racial impersonation enabled by the spurious alibi of racial reconciliation. She is a life-long fan of Michael Jackson.
University of Virginia
Paul Gaston, Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Virginia, was born and reared in Fairhope, Alabama, about which he has written two books. He is also the author of The New South Creed and Coming of Age in Utopia: The Odyssey of an Idea (November, 2010). A cofounder of the Woodson Institute he has received numerous awards and honors for both his professional work and civil rights leadership, including the outstanding professor award from the Commonwealth of Virginia; bridge builder recognition from the city of Charlottesville; legendary civil rights activist from the NAACP; and community leader, from his alma mater, Swarthmore College. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his wife of fifty-seven years, Mary Wilkinson Gaston.
Yale University (College 2009)
Adom Getachew is a second-year Ph.D. student in the departments of African-American Studies and Political Science at Yale University. Her interests include 20th century black political thought, critical theory and feminist theory. Most recently, she has written on the ways in which black women's experiences of sexual violence can help scholars rethink contemporary feminist responses to rape and sexual violence. She is also engaged in a project that looks at mid-20th century black intellectuals as resources for thinking through the "ends" of empire and the emerging human rights regime. Adom received her B.A. - with higher honors - from the University of Virginia in African-American Studies and Politics..
University of Virginia
Risa Goluboff is Professor of Law and History and the Caddell & Chapman Research Professor. She teaches constitutional law, civil rights litigation, and legal and constitutional history. Her scholarship focuses on the history of civil rights, labor and constitutional law in the 20th century. Goluboff is a 2009 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellow in Constitutional Studies. She is using the fellowship to explore the demise of vagrancy law as part of the social transformations of the 1960s. Goluboff’s first book, The Lost Promise of Civil Rights (Harvard University Press, 2007), won the 2010 Order of the Coif Biennial Book Award and the 2008 James Willard Hurst Prize. Goluboff is also co-editor (with Myriam Gilles) of Civil Rights Stories (Foundation Press, 2008).
Goluboff earned her J.D. from Yale Law School, and her Ph.D. in history from Princeton University. She clerked for Judge Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and then for Justice Stephen G. Breyer on the U.S. Supreme Court. She joined the faculty of the University of Virginia in 2002. Goluboff has also taught at the University of Cape Town as a Fulbright Scholar, and has served as a visiting professor at New York University Law School and Columbia Law School.
University of Maryland
Professor Sharon Harley, Associate Professor and Chair of the African American Studies Department at the University of Maryland, College Park, researches and teaches black women's labor history and racial and gender politics. A leading scholar in the field of black women's history, she is the editor and a contributor to the noted anthologies Sister Circle: Black Women and Work (Rutgers, 2002) and Women's Labor in the Global Economy: Speaking in Multiple Voices (Rutgers, 2008). Both of these publications resulted from two major Ford Foundation grants Dr. Harley received. Her most recent essay appears in Telling Histories: Black Women Historians in the Ivory Tower (UNC Press, 2008), edited by historian Deborah Gray White. Her Timetables of African American History was selected as a Book of the Month as well as History Book of the Month. Currently a fellow at the National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, she is at work on a book titled Imagine Reality: Black Women's Gender, Labor, and Citizenship, 1861–1920.
University of Virginia
Claudrena Harold is an Associate Professor in the Carter G. Woodson Institute of African- American and African Studies and the Corcoran Department of History, where she teaches Black Studies, African American history, and U.S. Labor history. She is the author of The Rise and Fall of the Garvey Movement in the Urban South, 1918–1942, which chronicles the history of Marcus Garvey's Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) from the perspective of black women and men living below the Mason-Dixon Line. She is currently at work on No Ordinary Sacrifice: New Negro Politics in the Jim Crow South, 1917–1929, a book-length project that examines the critical role of the southern black majority in the making of New Negro modernity.
University of Virginia (Woodson Fellow 1991–1993)
Cynthia Hoehler-Fatton is an associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia. She is also the Associate Director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies, where she directs the Institute's undergraduate program. She is the author of Women of Fire and Spirit: History, Faith and Gender in Roho Religion in Western Kenya as well as a number of articles and book chapters on religious movements in East Africa.
University of Michigan (Woodson Fellow 2007–2009)
Brandi Hughes is an Assistant Professor of History and American Culture at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Her research and teaching examine the role of religion in the reconstruction of the post-emancipation U.S and the significance of Christianity in the cultural and political development of the African diaspora in the 19th and early 20th centuries. An alum of the Woodson pre-doctoral fellowship program (2007-2009), Hughes is currently completing a manuscript that studies the entanglements of evangelical nationalism and diaspora in African American missions to colonial Africa.
Princeton University (Woodson Fellow 1987–1989)
Tera W. Hunter is a scholar of U. S. history, with specializations in African-American, gender, labor, and the South. Particularly interested in the history of slavery and freedom, she is currently writing a book on African-American marriages in the nineteenth century. Her first book To 'Joy my Freedom: Southern Black Women's Lives and Labors after the Civil War(Harvard), received several prizes, including the H. L. Mitchell Award from the Southern Historical Association, the Letitia Brown Memorial Book Prize from the Association of Black Women's Historians, and the Book of the Year Award from the International Labor History Association. She was a Mary I. Bunting Institute Fellow, at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, 2005–2006. She received her B. A. from Duke University and Ph.D. from Yale University.
University of Virginia (Woodson Fellow 2010–2012)
Z"étoile Imma is a pre-doctoral fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia. Her dissertation project examines African masculinities and spatial politics in contemporary African feminist fiction and film. She has published essays on gender, the body, sexual violence, and representation in African texts including a recent article entitled "Troubling the "Venus Hottentot" and Scientific Racism in Bessie Head's Maru and Ama Ata Aidoo's Our Sister Killjoy" which is forthcoming in the edited collection: Representation and Black Womanhood: The Legacy of Sara Baartman. She is the technical editor of Ìrìnkèrindò: Journal of African Migration.
University of Virginia
Petrina Jackson joined the staff of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library as Head of Instruction and Outreach in June 2008. Her responsibilities center on developing and delivering a broad range of instructional programs using the library's holdings of rare books, manuscripts, and cultural artifacts to enrich the teaching and learning experiences of faculty, undergraduate and graduate students according to their curricular needs. She also coordinates library outreach to the general public.
From 2002 to 2008, Petrina worked at the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections at Cornell University Library, where she served as senior assistant archivist. In this capacity, she fulfilled various outreach roles. She previously taught English at Elgin Community College in Elgin, Illinois, for 7 years. She holds a Master of Arts in English from Iowa State University and a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
University of Chicago
Waldo E. Johnson, Jr., Ph.D., MSWis Associate Professor at the School of Social Service Administration, faculty affiliate and immediate past director, Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago. He is also Research Associate, Program for Research on Black Americans, Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. He teaches social welfare policy, human behavior in the social environment and research methods in the M.A. and Ph.D. programs. A family scholar, his research focuses on father involvement among low-income, unwed African American fathers and the relationship between African American males’ physical and mental health statuses on their family and societal role assumptions and performance across the life course. Most recently, he has been a consultant to the Chicago Community Trust as well as the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago in the development of their respective African American Male Initiatives. His book, Social Work with African American Males: Health, Mental Health and Social Policy (Oxford Press, 2010) examines on the developmental and social challenges and barriers experienced African American males across the life course. He is also interested in the use of qualitative research methods for guiding social policy. He is a member of the Ford Foundation Scholars Network on Masculinity and the Wellbeing of African American Males; a member of the National Steering Committee and Fatherhood Subcommittee chair, 2025 Campaign for Black Men and Boys; and serves as the inaugural chair of the Commission on Research for the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). During the Winter 2011, he will be a visiting scholar at Clare Hall, Cambridge University and the University of Cape Town. Johnson holds a Ph.D. in social work from the University of Chicago, MSW from the University of Michigan and B.A. from Mercer University. He was a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Poverty Research and Training Center and the Program for Research on Black Americans at the University of Michigan.
University of Virginia
Michelle Kisliuk, Associate Professor, received the doctorate in Performance Studies from New York University in 1991. Integrating theory and practice, she specializes in a performance approach to ethnographic writing and research, and in an ethnographic and critical approach to performing. Since 1986 she has researched the music, dance, daily life, socioesthetics, and cultural politics of forest people (BaAka) in the Central African Republic, and has also written about urban music/dance and modernity in Bangui (the capital city). In addition, her work extends to the socioesthetics of jam sessions at bluegrass festivals in the United States. Her published essays have appeared in collections including Shadows in the Field (Oxford University Press), Teaching Performance Studies (University of Southern Illinois Press), Performing Ethnomusicology (University of California Press) and Music and Gender (University of Illinois Press). Her book, Seize the Dance! BaAka Musical Life and the Ethnography of Performance (Oxford University Press) won the ASCAP Deems Taylor Special Recognition Award. She has been a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and a Laura Boulton Senior Fellow in Ethnomusicology. Her current research/writing project is a collection of theoretical essays and case studies that address the ongoing project of performance ethnography, focusing in particular on her recent research with the House of Israel community in Western Ghana. Along with her academic teaching in Music in Everyday Life and Field Research and Ethnography of Performance, she directs the UVA African Music and Dance Ensemble.
(Woodson Fellow 2001–2002)
Frederick Knight is an associate professor at Colorado State University, where he specializes in African-American and African-Diaspora History. After graduating summa cum laude from Morehouse College, he pursued his doctoral studies at the University of California, Riverside. While working on his dissertation, he spent a year of research at the University of Ghana. Formerly a postdoctoral fellow at the Woodson Institute, he has also held fellowships at the University of California, Santa Barbara and the University of California, Riverside. Before taking his current academic position at Colorado State, he was on the faculty of the University of Memphis. He has authored numerous articles and book chapters, and recently published a book-length study titled Working the Diaspora: The Impact of African Labor on the Anglo-American World, 1650–1850 (NYU Press, 2010).
Herbert Timothy Lovelace (Armstead Robinson Fellow, 2010–2012)
University of Virginia
Herbert "Tim" Lovelace received his B.A. with Distinction in American Politics from the University of Virginia in 2003 and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2006. From 2006 through 2010, he served as the Assistant Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Law at the University of Virginia School of Law. He is currently the Armstead L. Robinson fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies and a doctoral student in History at the University. His research examines how civil rights activism in the U.S. South informed the development of international human rights law.
Deborah E. McDowell
University of Virginia
Deborah McDowell is Director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute and Alice Griffin Professor of English. She is the founding editor of the Beacon Black Women Writers Series, co-editor with Arnold Rampersad of Slavery and the Literary Imagination, and period editor of the Norton Anthology of African-American Literature. She is also the author of "The Changing Same": Studies in Fiction by Black American Women (Indiana University Press), Leaving Pipe Shop: Memories of Kin (Charles Scribner's and W. W. Norton) and the editor of various scholarly editions - including Nella Larsen's Quicksand and Passing and Frederick Douglass's 1845 Narrative of the Life. She has published numerous essays and review essays on African American literature, culture, photography and film.
University of Virginia
Susan McKinnon is Professor and Chair of Anthropology at the Unversity of Virginia. Her books include From a Shattered Sun: Hierarchy, Gender, and Alliance in the Tanimbar Islands (1991) and Neo-liberal Genetics: The Myths and Moral Tales of Evolutionary Psychology (2005) as well as the edited volumes, Relative Values: Reconfiguring Kinship Studies (with Sarah Franklin, 2001) and Complexities: Beyond Nature and Nurture (with Sydel Silverman, 2005). She is currently writing a book on cousin marriage in the US and is in the final stages of preparing a co-edited volume (with Fenella Cannell) entitled Vital Relations: Kinship as a Critique of the Concept of Modernity.
University of Virginia
Kelly Miller is the Head of Programs and Public Outreach at the Mary and David Harrison Institute for American History, Literature, and Culture at the University of Virginia.
Dei Ashilei Nikoi
University of Virginia (College 2011)
Dei Ashilei Nikoi is a 4th year music major at the University. Originally from Gretna, Louisiana, she was raised in Virginia for most of her life. Ms. Nikoi transferred to the University from the University of North Carolina-at Chapel Hill in 2008. Since then, she has been heavily involved in the University Singers, Opera Viva, and the Kappa Rho chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Although she dreamt of becoming a lawyer, her first love has always been music. On March 26, 2011 she gave her Distinguished Major voice recital, the first in university history given by an African-American. Post graduation, she will take the 2011–2012 year off from school to continue work with the Environmental Protection Agency and prepare for graduate school auditions. Ms. Nikoi plans to pursue a full-time professional opera career.
Brenda Marie Osbey
Poet Laureate of Louisiana and Professor of English, Louisiana State University
Brenda Marie Osbey is the author of All Saints: New and Selected Poems (LSU Press, 1997, 1999, 2005), which received the 1998 American Book Award. She is the author also of Desperate Circumstance, Dangerous Woman (Story Line Press, 1991), In These Houses(Wesleyan University Press, 1988) and Ceremony for Minneconjoux (Callaloo Poetry Series, 1983; University Press of Virginia, 1985).
Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, anthologies and collections including Atlantic Studies, Illuminations, Callaloo,Obsidian,Essence, Renaissance Noire, Southern Review, Early Ripening: American Women's Poetry Now, The Made Thing: An Anthology of Contemporary Southern Poetry, 2PLUS2: A Collection of International Writing, Literature of the American South: A Norton Anthology, Epoch, The American Voice, and The American Poetry Review. Her essays on New Orleans appear in The American Voice,Georgia Review,BrightLeaf,Southern Literary Journal and Creative Nonfiction.
Osbey appears as a commentator on New Orleans Black culture and history in Faubourg Tremé: the Untold Story of Black New Orleans (Serendipity Films, 2007) and Claiming Open Spaces (Urban Garden Films/ PBS, 1996). A public television short feature on her work, entitled "Native Daughter" aired in 1999, and an independent film of Desperate Circumstance, Dangerous Woman has been undertaken by Urban Garden Films.
Brenda Marie Osbey received the B.A. from Dillard University, the M.A. from the University of Kentucky, and also attended the Université Paul Valéry at Montpellier, France. She has taught French, English and African World literatures at Dillard University; African American and Third World literatures at the University of California at Los Angeles; African American literature and creative writing at Loyola University; and has twice been appointed Visiting Writer-in-residence at Tulane University and Scholar-in-residence at Southern University. She currently teaches at Louisiana State University.
In 2005 – 07 she was appointed the first peer-selected Poet Laureate of the State of Louisiana. Brenda Marie Osbey is a native of New Orleans.
Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History
Cheryl Oestreicher received her MLIS from Dominican University in 2004 and an M.Phil. in Modern History and Literature from Drew University in 2007. Prior to this project, Cheryl was a project archivist at the University of Chicago for the Chicago Jazz Archive and contemporary poetry collections; managed the Drew University Archives; and was a John Foster and Janet Avery Dulles Fellow at Princeton University. Cheryl is pursuing a Ph.D. in Modern History and Literature at Drew University and is a Part-Time Instructor at Georgia State University.
Vanderbilt University (Woodson Fellow 2000–2002)
Jemima Pierre earned her PhD in Anthropology with a specialization in the African Diaspora from The University of Texas at Austin. She is currently a professor in the Program in African American and Diaspora Studies at Vanderbilt University. Her research focus is on ideologies and practices of race and its relationship to global structures of power in Africa and the African diaspora. She has extensive ethnographic research experience in Ghana (West Africa), Haiti, and among Black immigrant communities in the U.S. Her upcoming book, Race Across the Atlantic: Postcolonial Africa and the Predicaments of Blackness, is an ethnographic study of race-making in urban Ghana. She is also completing a second book manuscript, “Racial Americanization: Conceptualizing Black Immigrants in the U.S.” Dr. Pierre’s many articles have appeared in journals such as: American Anthropologist, Identities, Social Text, Feminist Review, Transforming Anthropology, Cultural Dynamics, and Philosophia Africana.
Dr. Pierre was last year’s William S. Vaughn Visiting Fellow at the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, Vanderbilt University. She has also been the recipient of a number of fellowships from major organizations including the National Science Foundation, the Thomas J. Watson Foundation, The Smithsonian Institution, the Social Science Research Council, The Rockefeller Foundation, and the David C. Driskell Center for African Diaspora Studies. She is a proud alumna of the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies (Pre-Doctoral Fellow, 2000-2002).
College of William and Mary
Associate professor of English, Hermine Pinson is an author, poet and singer. Her latest work in progress, Promises to Keep: A Memoir of Healing, explores writing as therapy. Pinson began the work after recovering from serious illness, a brain tumor diagnosed in 2004. On the William and Mary faculty since 1992, she teaches courses in Modern African American literature, literature of the African Diaspora, and creative writing. She has also published a collection of poems, Dolores is blue/Dolorez is Blues (2007) and co-authored, Critical Voicings of Black Liberation: Resistance and Representations in the Americas.(2003) Pinson also recorded a CD, "Changing the Changes," in 2006.
University of Virginia
Andrea Press is Chair of the Media Studies Department and Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia, and is the Executive Director of the Virginia Film Festival. She came to the University of Virginia in 2006 to shepherd the Media Studies Program to departmental status and to begin its graduate program. Her last appointment was at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, where she directed the Media Studies Program for nine years, was one of the producers of the Roger Ebert Festival of Overlooked Films, received the Arnold O. Beckman award for excellence in research, and was the recipient of a faculty fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the year before she left. Her M.A. and PhD are in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley and her B.A is in sociology and anthropology from Bryn Mawr College.
She has a wide range of interdisciplinary interests spanning the social sciences and the humanities which comprise Media Studies. Prior to coming to the University of Virginia, Professor Press has held faculty positions at the University of California at Davis, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, and the London School of Economics in departments as diverse as communications, sociology, writing studies, social psychology, and women’s studies. She held an NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Medical College of the University of Kentucky, was scholar-in-residence at the Stanhope Center for Communications Policy Research, and is the recipient of several grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the Danforth Foundation, and Soroptimist International.
Sarah Quigley is currently a Project Archivist in the Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library at Emory University. Sarah works on the records of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Her position is part of a grant project funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) for Cataloging Hidden Special Collections.
Sarah Quigley received her MLIS from the University of Texas at Austin School of Information in 2007. Before joining the team at Emory to process the SCLC records, she worked for two years processing the congressional papers of former Senator Jesse Helms. Sarah also has a B.A. in History, and became a Certified Archivist in 2008.
James "J.T." Roane
Former Woodson Student and Columbia University Graduate Student
J.T. Roane is a 2008 alumnus of both the Carter G. Woodson Institute and the Movement Activist Apprenticeship Program (MAAP) hosted by the Center for Third World Organizing based in Oakland, CA. He was born and raised in rural Tappahannock, Virginia. He is currently a second year PhD student in the History Department at Columbia University in New York City and he is working on a project that is a historical examination of what today is called the "obesityepidemic."
Dorothy Roberts is the Kirkland & Ellis Professor at Northwestern University School of Law, with joint appointments in the Departments of African American Studies and Sociology (by courtesy) and as faculty fellow of the Institute for Policy Research. She has written and lectured extensively on the interplay of gender, race, and class in legal issues concerning reproduction, bioethics, and child welfare. She is the author of the award-winning Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty (1997) and Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare (2002) and more than 70 articles in scholarly journals, including Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, and Stanford Law Review, as well as co-editor of six casebooks and anthologies on gender and constitutional law. Professor Roberts has been a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, and Fordham; a fellow at Harvard University's Program in Ethics and the Professions and Stanford’s Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity; and a Fulbright scholar at the Centre for Gender and Development Studies in Trinidad-Tobago. She serves on the boards of directors of the Black Women’s Health Imperative, the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform, and Generations Ahead. Her latest book, Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century, will be published by The New Press in July 2011.
Columbia University (College 1995)
Samuel Roberts is Associate Professor of History (Columbia University) and a Faculty Affiliate in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences in the Mailman School of Public Health (Columbia University). He writes, teaches, and lectures widely on historical perspectives in African-American health history, urban history, and the history of social movements. His book, titled Infectious Fear: Politics and the Health Effects of Segregation in the Jim Crow Urban South (University of North Carolina Press, 2009) is an exploration of the political economy of health and tuberculosis control between the late nineteenth century and the mid-twentieth century, a periodization which encompasses both the Jim Crow era and the period from the bacteriological revolution to the advent of antimicrobial therapies. Contrary to conventional interpretations, Roberts argues that the local politics of race and labor greatly influenced the evolution of antituberculosis measures and the development of the early public health state. He has held several fellowships, including the Thurgood Marshall Dissertation Fellowship (Dartmouth College, 2000-2001); the Schomburg Center for Black History and Culture (New York Public Library) Scholar in Residence Fellowship (2001-2002); a fellowship at the Dorothy and Lewis Cullman Center for Writers and Scholars (New York Public Library, 2005-2006); and a Career Development Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (also 2005-06). Roberts received his AB in History and African-American Studies at the University of Virginia, his MA in History at Princeton University, and his Ph.D. in History at Princeton University.
Along with his faculty membership in Columbia University’s Department of History, Dr. Roberts has affiliations with the University’s Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS), Columbia University’s Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy’s (ISERP), and the Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholars Program (H&SS), where he served as Coordinator of the RWJ’s Working Group in African-American History and the Health and Social Sciences (AAHHSS).
University of Virginia
Mildred Robinson is Henry L. and Grace Doherty Charitable Foundation Professor of Law and E. James Kelly, Jr. Class of 1965 Research Professor of Law.A member of the faculty since 1985, she teaches federal, state and local tax law, as well as trusts and estates. She has served on numerous boards and commissions, including the Board of Trustees of the Law School Admission Council, the inaugural Board of Directors for Law Access, Inc. (currently The Access Group), and the Board of Visitors for the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University.
She was a Commissioner from Virginia to the National Conference on Uniform State Laws from 1990-94 and served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools from 2000-03. She is a member of the American Law Institute. Here at home, she has chaired the Boards of Trustees of Piedmont Court Appointed Special Advocates (PCASA) (2004 thru 2006) and the Martha Jefferson Hospital (2008).She is the editor, with Richard Bonnie, of Law Touched Our Hearts: A Generation Remembers Brown v. Board of Education, (Vanderbilt Press, 2009).
Rhonda Vonshay Sharpe currently serves as an Association Professor of Economics at Bennett College for Women, the Director of Financial Literacy at Bennett College for Women and the Associate Director for the Diversity Initiative for Tenure in Economics at the Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality at Duke University. She was the 2008-09 Institute of Higher Education Law & Governance Fellow at the University of Houston Law Center. From 2000 – 2004, she served as a Carolina Minority Postdoctoral Fellow in the economics department at UNC-Chapel Hill. She has served on the faculty at Barnard College, Columbia University, and the University of Vermont. Her research focuses on three primary areas: affirmative action policies and their impact on faculty diversity; the impact of disparate treatment in education policy; and discrimination in labor and sports markets. She earned her Ph.D. in economics and mathematics from Claremont Graduate University and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from North Carolina Wesleyan College.
Boston University Professor of Anthropology (Woodson Fellow 1989)
Parker Shipton is Professor of Anthropology and Research Fellow in African Studies at Boston University. He is Series Editor of the Blackwell Anthologies in Social and Cultural Anthropology and Co-editor of On the Human, an interdisciplinary online forum of the National Humanities Center. His past research has concentrated in economic, legal, and symbolic anthropology and the history of social studies. Topics of his research, teaching, and writing have included agriculture, food, and hunger; credit and debt; land rights, attachment, and belonging; kinship and fictive kinship; ritual and sequencing; human rights; and the human classification and treatment of other animals. He has conducted most of his field research in tropical Africa, especially western Kenya and The Gambia.
He has taught at Harvard University and held visiting appointments at the University of Virginia and Yale University, as well as the University of Nairobi, Kenya; University of Padua, Italy; and Waseda University, Japan. A former Marshall Scholar, Shipton has been the recipient of grants and fellowships from scholarly organizations including the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Humanities Center, the Royal Anthropological Institute, the Social Science Research Council, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation, among others. He has also served as a researcher for various international aid organizations. He is a former president of the Association for Africanist Anthropology, a section of the American Anthropological Association.
His first monograph was Bitter Money: Cultural Economy and some African Meanings of Forbidden Commodities. His recent trilogy includes The Nature of Entrustment: Intimacy, Exchange, and the Sacred in Africa (2007); Mortgaging the Ancestors: Ideologies of Attachment in Africa (2009), and Credit Between Cultures: Farmers, Financiers, and Misunderstanding in Africa (2010), all from Yale University Press. His research and writing have been awarded distinctions including the Curl Prize of the Royal Anthropological Institute and the Melville J. Herskovits Award of the African Studies Association. His current writing projects include works on concepts of savagery, human-animal gaps and overlaps, interlinked ritual sequencing, and the outer reach of kinship.
Columbia University (Woodson Fellow 1990–1992)
Professor Strother, Riggio Professor of African Art at Columbia, is a specialist in Central and West African art history, with a special focus on the twentieth century (both colonial and postcolonial). She has conducted research in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Mali, and Senegal. Her book, Inventing Masks: Agency and History in the Art of the Central Pende, was awarded the Arnold Rubin Outstanding Publication Award by the Arts Council of the African Studies Association for works published, 1998–2000. Her current research focuses on the history of iconoclasm in Africa.
University of Pennsylvania
Deborah A. Thomas received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from New York University 2000, and is currently an Associate Professor and Chair of the Graduate Group in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to her appointment at Penn, she spent two years as a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Center for the Americas at Wesleyan University, and four years as a Professor in the Department of Cultural Anthropology at Duke. Her first book, Modern Blackness: Nationalism, Globalization, and The Politics of Culture in Jamaica (Duke University Press, 2004), focused on the changing relationships among the political and cultural dimensions of nationalism, globalization, and popular culture. Thomas has also co-edited the volume Globalization and Race: Transformations in the Cultural Production of Blackness (Duke University Press, 2006) with Kamari Clarke, a special issue of the journal Identities titled "Caribbeanist Anthropologies at the Crossroads" (2007) with Karla Slocum, and a special issue of Feminist Review called "Gendering Diaspora" (2008) with Tina M. Campt. Her new book, Exceptional Violence: Embodied Citizenship in Transnational Jamaica, will be published by Duke University Press in fall 2011. Prior to her life as an academic, Thomas was a professional dancer with the New York-based Urban Bush Women. She was also a Program Director with the National Council for Research on Women, an international working alliance of women's research and policy centers whose mission is to enhance the connections among research, policy analysis, advocacy, and innovative programming on behalf of women and girls. She currently sits on the Editorial Committee of the Caribbean-based journal Social and Economic Studies, and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Caribbean Studies Association.
Greg Thomas is an Associate Professor of Black Studies in English at Syracuse University. The founding editor of PROUD FLESH, an electronic journal, he is the author of The Sexual Demon of Colonial Power: Pan-African Embodiment and Erotic Schemes of Empire (Indiana UP, 2007) as well as Hip-Hop Revolution in the Flesh: Power, Knowledge and Pleasure in Lil' Kim's Lyricism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). He is also a co-editor with L.H. Stallings of Word Hustle: Critical Essays and Reflections on the Works of Donald Goines (Forthcoming, Black Classic Press, March 2011). Currently, he is at work on a critical study of the intellectual politics of George L. Jackson.
Amistad Research Center
Laura J. Thomson is the Director of Processing at the Amistad Research Center. She began her studies in history at the State University of New York at Brockport, graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1991. From there she enrolled in the University of South Carolina's Masters of Library and Information Science program, completing her studies in 1994 with a specialization in archival management. Laura has been an archivist for over eight years both in the United States and Australia. During her time in Australia she had the opportunity to study bookbinding and book restoration at the Central Metropolitan College of TAFE in Perth. She was awarded an NEH Scholarship to Rutgers University's Preservation Management Institute 2004-2005, where she completed a certificate in preservation management. In 2005, Laura decided to continue her studies in bookbinding full-time in the Masters of Fine Arts in the Book Arts program at the University of Alabama under the instruction of master printer Steve Miller and bookbinder/conservator Anna Embree.
University of Virginia (Woodson Fellow, 2010–2012)
Dennis Tyler is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Virginia's Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies. He received his B.A. in English at Stanford University and his Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles. He specializes in African-American literature, disability studies, critical race studies, and cultural studies. Currently, Tyler is working on a book-length project titled Disability of Color: Figuring the Black Body in American Law, Literature, and Culture, which examines how disability as experience and as discourse has shaped racial subjecthood for African Americans.
University of California-Berkeley (Woodson Fellow 2001–2003)
Bryan Wagner is associate professor in the English Department at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Disturbing the Peace: Black Culture and the Police Power after Slavery (Harvard University Press, 2009). He received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia.
Social ethicist and African American religious studies scholar Jonathan L. Walton joined the faculty of Harvard Divinity School in July 2010. Formerly an assistant professor of religious studies at the University of California, Riverside, Walton earned his PhD in religion and society from Princeton Theological Seminary. He also holds a master of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary as well as a BA in political science from Morehouse College in Atlanta. His research addresses the intersections of religion, politics, and media culture. Drawing on British cultural studies, Walton explores the interrelationship between the media used by African American evangelists and the theologies thereby conveyed. He argues for forms of theological innovation within the productions of black religious broadcasting that are enabled - perhaps even generated - by the media that evangelists use, and he asks what the implications are for the study of African American religions when one attends to these particular forms of religious and theological expression. His first book, Watch This! The Ethics and Aesthetics of Black Televangelism (NYU Press, 2009), is an important intervention into the study of American religion. As he explains, those working on Christian religious broadcasting have given little attention to the phenomenon outside of white, conservative, evangelical communities, while black liberation theologians have yet to give careful attention to televisual representation as a site of theological production.
Dorian T. Warren is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He is also a faculty affiliate at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies. Warren specializes in the study of inequality and American politics, focusing on the political organization of marginalized groups. His research and teaching interests include race and ethnic politics, labor politics, urban politics, American political development, social movements and social science methodology.
His work has been published in several journals and edited volumes including the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Labor and Employment Law,New Labor Forum,Du Bois Review, National Political Science Review, and Social Service Review.
Warren received his B.A. from the University of Illinois and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University. He has been a Post-Doctoral Scholar and Visiting Faculty at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, and has received research fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies and the University of Notre Dame.
Quality Community Council
Karen Waters began her work in the non-profit arena as a board member for the Elementary Institute of Science and Volunteer Spokesperson for READ San Diego. In 2001 she graduated from the University of Virginia with bachelors and masters degrees. Prior to being hired by the City Manager as Director of the Quality Community Council, Karen served on the staff of the late Senator Emily Couric, and worked for the Carter G. Woodson Institute as well as a number of non-profits including MACAA, Planned Parenthood, Jaunt and the Under Fives Study Center. Karen currently is Chair of the City of Charlottesville Housing Advisory Committee, a member of the School Health Advisory Board, City Market Task force, and has sat on a number of boards and commissions including the Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors, AHIP Board of Directors, Piedmont Housing Alliance Board of Directors, Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, and the Governor’s Task Force on Crime in the Minority Community.
Meredith Jung-En Woo
University of Virginia
Meredith Jung-En Woo has served as the Buckner W. Clay Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences since June 2008. She came to the University of Virginia from the University of Michigan, where she served most recently as professor of political science and associate dean for the social sciences in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Prior to her eight years on the Michigan faculty, she taught for 12 years at Northwestern University, where she helped rebuild the department of political science and co-founded the Center for International and Comparative Studies.
An expert on international political economy and East Asian politics, she has written and edited seven books, and was the executive producer of an award-winning documentary film about Stalin’s ethnic cleansing of Koreans living in Russia during the Great Terror.
A native of Seoul who was educated in Seoul and Tokyo through high school, she came to the United States to study at Bowdoin College in Maine. She completed her master’s and doctoral degrees in international affairs, Latin American studies, and political science at Columbia University.
The New School for Social Research (College 2001)
Deva Woodly is an Assistant Professor of Politics jointly appointed at the New School for Social Research and Lang College. Her chief area of interest is exploring the affect of mediated political discourse on the political choices of ordinary citizens, candidates, and as well as the scope and content of American political landscape as a whole. Her work has been particularly focused on ways to conceive of and measure the impact of rhetoric as a legitimate tool in the clockwork of mass democracy, with special interest in persuasive speech as a site of action that has the potential to generate influence and power not only from the top down, but also from the bottom-up. Other research and teaching interests include, but are not limited to critical theory, public opinion, communicative ethics, and social movements.
Paul Tiyambe Zeleza
Loyola Marymount University
Paul T. Zeleza was previously head of the Department of African American Studies and the Liberal Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Director of the Center for African Studies and Professor of History and African Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has taught at universities in the United States, Canada, Kenya, Jamaica, and Malawi, and currently holds the title of Honorary Professor at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He has also worked as a consultant for the Ford and MacArthur foundations and as an adviser to the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development. Past president of the African Studies Association (2008–2009), Professor Zeleza's academic work has crossed traditional boundaries, ranging from history and economics to human rights and gender studies. He has published scores of articles and authored or edited more than two dozen books, several of which have won international awards including Africa's Carter G. Woodson Institute 29 most prestigious book prize, the Noma Award for his books A Modern Economic History of Africa and Manufacturing African Studies and Crises. He also edits The Zeleza Post, an online source of news and commentary on the Pan-African world (www.zeleza.com). His most recent book is titled Barack Obama and African Diasporas: Dialogues and Dissensions (Ohio University Press, 2009). Professor Zeleza earned his B.A. from the University of Malawi and an M.A from the University of London, where he studied African history and international relations. He holds his Ph.D. in economic history from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Abegaz, Berhanu (William & Mary)
Manpower Development Planning: Theory and an African Case Study (Aldershot: Avebury Press for the University of Warwick, 1994)
Gender, Race, and Nationalism in Contemporary Black Politics (Comparative Feminist Studies) - Hardcover (Aug. 7, 2007)
Alexandre, Sandy (MIT)
The Properties of Violence: Claims to Ownership in Representations of Lynching. (forthcoming)
Barton, Craig (UVA)
Sites of Memory: Perspectives on Race and Architecture. (Princeton Architectural Press, 2001)
Bassard Clay, Katherine (VCU)
Transforming Scriptures: African American Women Writers and the Bible. (University of Georgia Press, 2010 )
Spiritual Interrogations: Culture, Gender, and Community in Early African American Women’s Writing. (Princeton University Press, 1999)
Battle, Juan (CUNY: The Graduate Center)
Black Sexualities: Probing Powers, Passions, Practices, and Policies. Co- edited Sandra L. Barnes. (Rutgers University Press, 2010)
Bennett, Herman (CUNY: The Graduate Center)
Colonial Blackness: A History of Afro-Mexico (Indiana University Press, 2009)
Africans in Colonial Mexico: Absolutism, Christianity and Afro-Creole Consciousness, 1570–1640 (Indiana University Press, 2003)
Bonilla, Yarimar (UVA)
Colonial Blackness: A History of Afro-Mexico (Indiana University Press, 2009)
Africans in Colonial Mexico: Absolutism, Christianity and Afro-Creole Consciousness, 1570–1640 (Indiana University Press, 2003)
Brennan, Vicki (University of Vermont)
Singing the Same Song: Music, Religion and Civil Society in Postcolonial Nigeria (book manuscript in preparation, working title)
Boyce Davies, Carol
Left of Karl Marx: The Political Life of Black Communist Claudia Jones - (Duke University Press, 2007)
Black Women, Writing and Identity: Migrations of the Subject (Routledge, 1994)
Cabas, Victor (Hampden-Sydney)
Collier-Thomas, Betty (Temple University)
Jesus, Jobs, and Justice: African American Women and Religion(Alfred A Knopf, 2010)
Sisters in the Struggle: African American Women in the Civil Rights-Black Power Movement. Co-edited with V. P. Franklin. (New York University Press, 2001)
My Soul Is a Witness: A Chronology of the Civil Rights Era, 1954-1964. Coauthored with V.P. Franklin. (Henry Holt and Co., 2000)
Daughters of Thunder: Black Women Preachers and Their Sermons, 1850-1979. ( Jossey-Bass Publishers,1998)
Contini-Morava, Ellen (UVA)
Discourse Pragmatics and Semantic Categorization: The Case of Negation and Tense-Aspect with Special Reference to Swahili (Discourse Perspectives on Grammar). ( Mouton-de-Gruyter , 1989)
Edozie, Rita Kiki (MSU)
Reframing Contemporary Africa: Politics, Economics and Culture in the Global Era. Co-edited with Peyi Soyinika-Airwele (CQ Press, 2009)
Reconstructing the Third Wave of Democracy: Comparative African Democratic Politics (CQ Press, 2008)
People Power and Democracy: the popular movement against military despotism in Nigeria, 1989-1999 ( African World Press, 2002)
Ferreira, Roquinaldo (UVA)
Atlantic Microhistory: Slaving, Transatlantic Networks, and Cultural Exchange in Angola (ca. 1700-ca. 1830)(Cambridge University Press, forthcoming in 2011)
Fletcher, Bill (Author and Columnist)
Solidarity Divided:The Crisis in Organized Labor and a New Path toward Social Justice, A new direction for labor by two of its leading activist intellectuals. Co-authored with Fernando Gapasin. (University of California Press, 2008)
Fraser, Gertrude, (UVA)
African American Midwifery in the South: Dialogues of Birth, Race, and Memory (Harvard University, 1998)
French, Scot (UVA)
The Rebellious Slave: Nat Turner in American Memory (Houghton Mifflin, 2004)
Gaston, Paul (UVA)
Coming of Age in Utopia: The Odyssey of an Idea (NewSouth Books, 2010)
The New South Creed: A Study in Southern Mythmaking (Knopf, 1970; Vintage, 1972; LSU, 1976. Second Edition, NewSouth Books, 2002)
Man and Mission: E. B. Gaston and the Origins of the Fairhope Single Tax Colony(Black Belt Press, 1993)
Women of Fair Hope (University of Georgia Press, 1984; Black Belt Press, 1993)
Civil Rights Stories (editor with Myriam Gilles) (Foundation Press, 2008)
The Lost Promise of Civil Rights, Historically Speaking, Vol. VII (2008)
The Lost Promise of Civil Rights (Harvard University Press, 2007)
Harley, Sharon (University of Maryland)
Dignity and Damnation: The Nexus of Race, Gender, and Women's Work,, (Book contract: New York, NY: W. W. Norton, in progress)
The Timetables of African American History: A Chronology of the Most Important People and Events in African-American History, (New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 1995)
Events in African-American History , (New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 1995)
Harold, Claudrena (UVA)
No Ordinary Sacrifice: New Negro Politics in the Jim Crow South (1917-1929). (forthcoming)
The Rise and Fall of the Garvey Movement in the Urban South (Routledge, 2007)
Hunter, Tera (Princeton University)
Gender, Sexuality and African Diasporas. Co-edited with Sandra Gunning and Michele Mitchell, Dialogues of Dispersal: (Blackwell Publishing, 2004)
African American Urban Studies: Perspectives from the Colonial Period to the Present. Co-edited with Joe W. Trotter and Earl Lewis, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004)
To ‘Joy My Freedom: Southern Black Womenís Lives and Labors After the Civil War (Harvard University Press, 1997)
Social Work With African American Males: Health, Mental Health, and Social Policy (Oxford Press, 2010)
In An Ocean of Blue: West African Indigo Workers in the Atlantic World to 1800, in Diasporic Africa: A Reader (Michael Gomez, ed.) New York: New York University Press, 2006
Labor in the Slave Community; in Blackwell Companion to African-American History, (Alton Hornsby, Jr. ed.) Oxford, England: Blackwell Press, 2005
Kisliuk, Michelle (UVA)
Seize the Dance! BaAka Musical Life and the Ethnography of Performance (Oxford University Press, 1998)
Knight, Frederick (Colorado State)
Working the Diaspora: The Impact of African Labor on the Anglo-American World, 1650-1850. (New York University Press, 2010)
Osbey, Brenda (Poet)
All Saints New and Selected Poems. (Louisiana State University Press, 1997)
Desperate Circumstance, Dangerous Woman. (Story Line Press, 1991)
In These Houses. (Wesleyan, 1988)
Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History
Pierre, Jemima (Vanderbilt)
Race Across the Atlantic: Postcolonial Africa and the Predicament of Blackness (under review)
Pinson, Hermine (William and Mary)
Dolores is Blue / Dolorez is Blues. (Sheep Meadow, 2007)
Mama Yetta and Other Poems. (Wings Press, 1999)
Press, Andrea (UVA)
Politics, Media and Religion: The Role of Media in the New Political Realm. (Book manuscript in development).
What’s Important About Communications and Culture? Coauthored with Bruce A. Williams (Book manuscript under contract at Blackwell)
Speaking of Abortion: Television and Authority in the Lives of Women. Co-authored with Elizabeth R. Cole. (University of Chicago Press, 1999)
Women Watching Television: Gender, Class, and Generation in the American Television Experience. (University of Philadelphia Press, 1991)
Roberts, Dorothy (Northwestern)
Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare, (Basic Books/Civitas, 2001; paperback, 2002)
Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and The Meaning of Liberty, (Pantheon, 1997; Vintage paperback, 1999)
Robinson, Mildred (UVA)
Law Touched Our Hearts: A Generation Remembers Brown v. Board of Education, Mildred Wigfall Robinson & Richard J. Bonnie, eds., (Vanderbilt University Press, 2009).
Shipton, Parker (Boston University)
Credit Between Cultures: Farmers, Financiers, and Misunderstanding in Africa (Yale University Press, 2010)
Mortgaging the Ancestors: Ideologies of Attachment in Africa, (Yale University Press, 2009)
The Nature of Entrustment: Intimacy, Exchange, and the Sacred in Africa. (Yale University Press, 2007)
Strother, Zoe (Columbia University)
Inventing Masks: Agency and History in the Art of the Central Pende. (University of Chicago Press, 1998 )
Thomas, (Deborah University of Pennsylvania)
Globalization and Race: Transformations in the Cultural Production of Blackness. Co-edited with Kamari M. Clarke. (Duke University Press, 2006)
Thomas, (Gregory Syracuse)
Hip-Hop Revolution in the Flesh: Power, Knowledge and Pleasure in Lil' Kim's Lyricism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)
The Sexual Demon of Colonial Power: Pan-African Embodiment and Erotic Schemes of Empire (Indiana UP, 2007)
Wagner, Bryan (University of California)
Disturbing the Peace: Black Culture and the Police Power after Slavery. Harvard University Press, 2009
Walton, Jonathan (Harvard University)
Watch This! The Ethics and Aesthetics of Black Televangelism (NYU Press, 2009)
Warren, Dorian (Columbia University)
Race and American Political Development. Co-edited with Joe Lowndes and Julie Novkov. (Routledge, 2008)
Zeleza, Paul T. (Loyola Marymount, Dean: College of Liberal Arts)
Barack Obama and African diasporas: dialogues and dissensions (University Press, 2009).
The Study of Africa Volume 1: Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Encounters. Editor (CODESRIA, 2006)
The Study of Africa Vol 2: Global and Transnational Engagements (CODESRIA, 2006)
African Universities in the Twenty-First Century. Vol 2 Knowledge and Society. Co-edited with Adebayo O. Olukoshi.(CODESRIA, 2004)
Manufacturing African Studies and Crises (CODESRIA, 1997)
Modern Economic History of Africa. Vol. 1 (CODESRIA, 1993)
The Carter G. Woodson Institute would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of this symposium:
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- Office of the Dean, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
- Office of the Provost
- Office of New International Programs
- Office for Diversity and Equity
- University of Virginia Office of the Vice President for Research
- The Center for the Study of Race and Law
- The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
- The University and Community Action for Racial Equity (UCARE)
- Department of Anthropology
- Department of Media Studies
- Department of English
- Studies in Women and Gender
- Audio-Visual Group, Strategic Communications
- J & E Berkeley Foundation
- Foods of All Nations
- Friends of the Carter G. Woodson Institute