The Du Bois Department’s mission of transforming the world by adding to our knowledge base through excellent scholarship is fulfilled by our faculty, the students we educate, and the community members we partner with on campus and around the world. Below is a snapshot of the hundreds of books, articles, literary works, and other contributions that we have produced over the past twenty years since the founding of our doctoral program.


Faculty Publications

The Black Power Era, an intensified period of struggle for liberation and to end to racial oppression, gave rise to the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Over the past four decades it has become a leading center for scholarship and creative work on the African American experience in literature, fine artistic expressions, and historical research and publications. Below is a list of some of the most senior Du Bois Department faculty members’ work. It is selectively drawn from projects with more or less internet stable and reliable webpages. * Various articles by Afro-Am faculty are available at ScholarWorks@UMass Amherst >> Afro-American Studies See our publication series at that site. A few links to key scholarly publications by Du Bois faculty with movement histories appears at the end of this page.


Selected published scholarship from graduates of our doctoral program

Christopher P. Lehman, Professor and Chair, Ethnic and Women’s Studies, Saint Cloud State University

Power, Politics, and the Decline of the Civil Rights Movement 

The Colored Cartoon: Black Representation in American Animated Short Films

A Critical History of Soul Train on Television

American Animated Cartoons of the Vietnam Era

Slavery in the Upper Mississippi Valley, 1787-1865

Francis Njubi Nesbitt, Associate Professor, Africana Studies at San Diego State University

Race for Sanctions: African Americans against Apartheid, 1946-1994.

Politics of African Diasporas: Migration, Identity, and Africanity.

“Coming to Terms with the Past: The Case for a Truth and Reparations Commission on Slavery, Segregation and Colonialism.” Genocide, War Crimes and the West : History and Complicity. (2004): 361-376.

African Intellectuals in the Belly of the Beast: Migration, Identity and the Politics of African Intellectuals in the North. Critical Arts, 2004.

“Post-colonial Anxieties: (re)presenting African Intellectuals.” African Affairs. 107.427 (2008): 273-282.

“Piracy Redux,” Foreign Policy in Focus (18 February 2010)

Stephanie Y. Evans, Professor & Chair, African American Studies, Africana Women’s Studies, and History, Clark Atlanta University

Meditation and Mental Health in Black Women’s Memoirs (in progress).

Anna Julia Cooper: Human Rights Educator (with Danielle Parker, forthcoming in 2017).

Black Passports: Travel Memoirs as a Tool for Youth Empowerment.

Black Women in the Ivory Tower, 1850-1954: An Intellectual History.

Diaries of a Prolific Professor: Undergraduate Research from the James Haskins Manuscript Collection (with Austin S. D. Wright).

“Gender and Research in the African Academy: “moving against the Grain” in The Global Ivory Tower: Black Women, Gender & Families. 2.2 (2008): 31-52.

Black Women’s Mental Health: Balancing Strength and Vulnerability (with Stephanie Y. Kanika Bell and Nsenga Burton, forthcoming in 2017).

African Americans and Community Engagement in Higher Education (with Colette Taylor, Michelle Dunlap, and DeMond Miller, Eds.).

OASIS: Oldways Africana Soup in Stories (with Sade Anderson, and Johnesha Levi) 

Phylon: The Clark Atlanta University Review of Race and Culture, “W. E. B. Du Bois Legacy Project,” Editor, vol. 51, no 1, Fall.

“Africana Studies at the Graduate Level: A TwentyFirst Century Perspective,” The Western Journal of Black Studies (Co-editor with Mark Christian) .

Jennifer Jensen Wallach, Associate Professor of History, University of North Texas

“Introduction,” Second Edition of Yazoo: Integration in a Deep-Southern Town (1971) by Willie Morris.

How America Eats: A Social History of U.S. Food and Culture.

Arsnick: The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Arkansas, 1962-1967.

Richard Wright: From Black Boy to World Citizen.

Closer to the Truth than Any Fact: Memoir, Memory, and Jim Crow.

“‘We Became Radicalized by What We Experienced’: Excerpts from an Interview with William (Bill) Hansen, Director of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee’s Arkansas Project,” Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies (Summer 2011).

Shawn Leigh Alexander, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Langston Hughes Center, University of Kansas

W. E. B. Du Bois: An American Intellectual and Activist.

An Army of Lions: The Civil Rights Struggle Before the NAACP.

Reconstruction Violence and the Ku Klux Klan Hearings

T. Thomas Fortune, the Afro-American Agitator: A Collection of Writings, 1880-1928 (Editor).

Trimiko Melancon, Associate Professor, English & African American Studies; co-director of the Women’s Studies Program, Loyola University

Black Female Sexualities (with Joanne M. Braxton)

Unbought and Unbossed: Transgressive Black Women, Sexuality, and Representation.

“Reading Race and the Difference It Makes: (post) 9/11, Black Performance, and Cultural Production.” The Journal of Popular Culture. 47.3 (2014): 489-502.

“Politics of Belonging: Race, Freedom, and Subjectivity in Barbara Chase-Riboud’s ‘Echo of Lions’.” Callaloo. 32.3 (2009): 845-854.

“Towards an Aesthetic of Transgression: Ann Allen Shockley’s ‘Loving Her’ and the Politics of Same-Gender Loving.” African American Review. 42 (2008): 643-657.

Tanya M. Mears, Professor of History, Worcester State University

“To Lawless Rapine Bred”: a Study of Early Northeastern Execution Literature Featuring People of African Descent

David A. Goldberg, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies, Wayne State University

Black Power at Work: Community Control, Affirmative Action and the Construction Industry (co-editor with Trevor Griffey).

“The Detroit’s tenants’ rights movement” in The Business of Black Power,.

Sandra Caona Duvivier

Her manuscript is entitled Beyond Nation, Beyond Diaspora:  Mapping Transnational Black American Women’s Literature.  Her publications appear in CallalooMaComere, JENdA, and A House Divided.

Eunice Angelica Whitmal, Undergraduate Program Advisor, Communication Disorders, University of Massachusetts Amherst

The Politics and Poetics of African American Women’s Identity Performances: (re) Reading Black Hair in Fictional /nonfictional Writings and Cultural Productions.

“Lockstep and Dance: Images of Black Men in Popular Culture.” The Journal of Popular Culture, 41: 562–564.

Eunice, Angelica W. Parks, Henry. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Eunice, Angelica W. Duncan, Thelma Myrtle. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.

Eunice, Angelica W. Watson, Ella. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.

W. S. Tkweme,

The Seeker: Poems. Atlanta, Ga: Blackwood Press, 1986.

“Blues in Stereo: the Texts of Langston Hughes in Jazz Music.” African American Review. 42.3 (2008): 503-512.

Tkweme, W S. “Blues Music in the Sixties: a Story in Black and White.” Journal of American History. 97.4 (2011): 1179-1180.

Lindsey R. Swindall, Teaching Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Letters at Stevens Institute of Technology

The Politics of Paul Robeson’s Othello.

Paul Robeson: A Life of Activism and Art.

The Path to the Greater, Freer, Truer World: Southern Civil Rights and Anticolonialism, 1937-1955.

American Appetites: A Documentary Reader (with Jennifer J. Wallach).

Reading Faulkner (Co-editor).

Michael Kwame Forbes,

Zebulon V Miletsky, Assistant professor of Africana Studies and History at Stony Brook University

Zebulon, V M. Boston Riots of 1975 and 1976. , 2009.

Miletsky, Zebulon V. “Book Review: Race Men.” The New England Quarterly. 72.1 (1999): 158-159.

Miletsky, Zebulon V. “Book Review: Black-Brown: Relations and Stereotypes.” The Journal of African American History. 89.4 (2004): 372-374.

Thomas John Edge

Lloren Addison Foster

The Politics of Creation: the Short Story in South Africa and the Us. ScholarWorks@UMass Amherst, 2007

Ousmane Kirumu Greene, Associate Professor, Department of History, Clark University

Against Wind and Tide: The African American Struggle against the Colonization Movement. , 2014.

“U.S. Slavery and the Black Radical Tradition: the 25th Anniversary Edition of Sterling Stuckey’s Slave Culture.” Reviews in American History. 43.4 (2015): 729-735.

“‘The Cause Is God’s and Must Prevail’: Building an Anticolonizationist Wall in Great Britain, 1830-1850.” (2014).

Christopher Matthew Tinson, Associate Professor of Africana Studies and History in Hampshire College

The Fight for Freedom Must Be Fought on All Fronts: “liberator” Magazine and Black Radicalism, 1960-1971.

Daniel N. McClure, Assistant Professor, Department of Africology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Document Retrieval Based on Clustered Files. Ann Arbor, Mich: University Microfilms, 1982. Print.

Alesia Elaine McFadden,

Anthony James Ratcliff,

Jason T. Hendrickson,

Anthony Guillory,

“Book Review: Men’s College Athletics and the Politics of Racial Equality: Five Pioneer Stories of Black Manliness, White Citizenship, and American Democracy.” Journal of African American History. 100.1 (2015): 170-172.

“Book Review: Benching Jim Crow: the Rise and Fall of the Color Line in Southern College Sports, 1890-1980.” Journal of African American History. 97.3 (2012): 341-342. Print.

Julia S. Charles,

Heather Zahra Caldwell,

Emahunn Campbell,

“A Critique of the Occupy Movement from a Black Occupier.” The Black Scholar. 41.4 (2015): 42-51. Print.

Markeysha D. Davis,

Karla V. Zelaya,

Vanessa Fabien

Donald Geesling

Allia Abdullah Matta, Assistant Professor at CUNY LaGuardia Community College

James Gregory Carroll,

David M. Swiderski,

Ernest L. Gibson III,

  • Selected Publications
  • “‘Digging through the Ruins’: Just Above My Head and the Memory of James A. Baldwin.” James Baldwin: Challenging Authors. Eds. A. Scott Henderson and Paul Thomas. (Sense Publishers, 2014).
  • “The Envy of Erudition: Booker T. Washington’s Desire for a Du Boisian Intellectuality.” The Black Scholar2 (2013).
  • “‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’: The Wire’s Stringer Bell as a Tragic Intellectual.” Americana: The Journal of American Popular Culture (1900-present) 10.1 (2011).

McKinley Eric Melton, Assistant Professor, English, Email:

Jamal E Watson

Kabria Baumgartner, Assistant Professor, History, College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio (on leave 2016-2017)

  • “A Monstrous Sin: Prejudice, Exclusion, and the Female Seminary Movement in Antebellum America,” in Margaret Nash, ed., Women’s Higher Education in the United States: New Historical Perspectives(Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), forthcoming.
  • “Be Your Own Man: Student Activism and the Birth of Black Studies at Amherst College, 1965-1972” New England Quarterly 89, No. 2 (June 2016).
  • “One More River: Free African Americans in the Antebellum North,” Retrieving the American Past (Boston: Pearson, 2014).
  • “Expanding the History of the Black Studies Movement: Some Prefatory Notes,”Journal of African American Studies 16, No. 1 (March 2012): 1-20. Co-authored with Jonathan Fenderson and James Stewart.
  • “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Education, and Abolition,” Ethnic Studies Review32, No. 2 (Winter 2009): 52-78.

Jonathan Bryan Fenderson, Assistant Professor, African & African American Studies, Washington University, St Louis

Catherine Lynn Adams

Jacqueline M Jones

David Lucander, Associate Professor, Multicultural Studies Technology Center, Room 8300

  • PhD African-American Studies, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 2010
  • MA Afro-American Studies, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 2006
  • BA History, Westfield State College, 2003
  • “Exhuming Hidden History: Sources for Teaching About Slavery in New England,” Historical Journal of Massachusetts, Vol. 39, No. 1, 2011
  • Various entries for African American National Biography; Encyclopedia of American Counter Culture; Encyclopedia of the New American Nation: The Emergence of the United States, 1754-1829; Encyclopedia of Slave Resistance and Rebellion
  • Book reviews for The Bloomsbury Review, Journal of African American History, and Journal of American Ethnic History.


Ernest Allen, Jr., Professor

With Robert Chrisman, “Ten Reasons: A Response to David Horowitz,” Black Scholar 31 (Summer 2001): 49-55. [html file]

“Religious Heterodoxy and Nationalist Tradition: The Continuing Evolution of the Nation of Islam,” Black Scholar 26 (Fall-Winter 1996): 2-34; rpt. in New Trends and Developments in the World of Islam, ed. Peter B. Clarke (London: Luzac Oriental, 1998), 313-52.

“Making the Strong Survive: The Contours and Contradictions of Message Rap,” in Droppin’ Science: Critical Essays on Rap Music and Hip Hop Culture, ed. William Eric Perkins (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1996), 159-91.


John H. Bracey, Professor

African American Mosaic: A Documentary History from the Slave Trade to the Twenty-first Century (Pearson  2004)

Link to publisher description

Strangers & Neighbors: Relations Between Blacks & Jews in the United States (UMass Press 1999)

See story on the co-edited volume at UMass Amherst Jewish Affairs website

African American Women & the Vote, 1837-1965

By Ann D. Gordon, Bettye Collier-Thomas, John H. Bracey, Arlene Voski Avakian, Joyce Avrech Berkman, 1997

Professor Bracey is the Academic Editor for LexisNexis Academic & Library Solutions’ Primary sources on the civil rights movement, rare materials on slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction

Selected Works of John H. Bracey, Jr.


William Strickland, Associate Professor

Malcolm X: Make It Plain, text by William Strickland; oral histories selected and edited by Cheryll Y. Greene (Viking 1994)

Selected Works of William L. Strickland


Ekwueme Michael Thelwell, Professor Emeritus

See his webpage (click name) for links to his published research and creative work


Amilcar Shabazz, Professor

[PDF] Ahmad A. Rahman’s Making of Black ‘Solutionaries’ by Amilcar Shabazz – The Journal of Pan African Studies, vol.8, no.9, December 2015

Women and Others: Perspectives on Race, Gender, and Empire. Co-editor with Celia R. Daileader and Rhoda E. Johnson. Palgrave Macmillan Press, 2007.

Advancing Democracy: African Americans and the Struggle for Access and Equity in Higher Education in Texas.University of North Carolina Press, 2004.

Encyclopedia Entries & Other Publications“Inman Edward Page” and “James Edward ‘Jimmy’ Rushing,” in African American History in the American West: Vignettes of Significant People and Places website created and edited by Quintard Taylor, Jr. (2006)

Selected Works of Amilcar Shabazz

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