Randal Maurice Jelks, Ph.D.
African and African American Studies
University of Kansas
Bailey Hall 213N, 1440 Jayhawk Blvd,
Lawrence, KS 66045
Ph.D. History, Comparative Black History Program, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 1999
Dissertation: Race, Respectability, and the Struggle for Civil Rights: A Study of the Afro-American Community of Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1870-1954
Dissertation Advisor: Darlene Clark Hine, Ph.D., John A. Hannah Professor of History
M.Div., McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL, 1983
BA, History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 1981
CURRENT AND PAST POSITIONS
August 2008 – Present Associate Professor of American Studies and African American Studies, The University of Kansas
2009 Co- Editor- American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal
2009 Co-Founder and co-editor theblackbttom.com
2008-Present American Studies, Director of Undergraduate Program
2009 Courtesy Appointments in History
2009 Courtesy Appointment in Religious Studies
2008 Langston Hughes Visiting Professor of American Studies, The University of Kansas
2007, Director of the Calvin College Semester in Ghana Program, Calvin College
2004-2006, Associate Professor of History/ Director of the African and African Diaspora Studies Minor, Calvin College
2001, Director of the Calvin College Semester Program in Ghana, Calvin College
1999-2001, Associate Professor of History/ Director of Academic Multicultural Affairs, Calvin College
1996-1999, Calvin College, Assistant Professor of History/Director of Academic Multicultural Affairs, Calvin College
1992- 1996, Instructor in History/Director of Academic Multicultural Affairs, Calvin College
1991, 1992, 1993 Adjunct Instructor, History and Sociology, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Michigan
19911992 Library Assistant II, Grand Rapids Public Library (Grand Rapids Historical Collections)
1990 –1991 Graduate Assistant, American & European History, Teaching Assistant, Michigan State University
1984 –1990 Organizing Pastor, Lake Michigan Presbytery, Jubilee Congregation Presbyterian Church (USA), Grand Rapids, Michigan
1982 – 1983 Supply Minister, Pullman Presbyterian Church, Chicago, Illinois
1980 – 1983 Coordinator Black Student Affairs, McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois
1979 – 1980 Researcher, Institute on the Church in Urban-Industrial Society, Chicago, Illinois
FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS, AND AWARDS
2012 John C. Wright Graduate Mentoring Award, College of Liberal Arts and Science, University of Kansas
2008 Hattie Beverly Award Winner for Education, the Giants Community Banquet, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
2006-2007 Rockefeller Foundation Fellow, National Humanities Center, Research Park Triangle North Carolina
2006 Visiting Scholar, National Endowment for the Humanities, Harvard University W. E. B. DuBois African and African American Research Institute Summer
2004-2006 United States Department of Education Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Develop Africa and African Diaspora Studies Minor
2004 Calvin College Community Partnership Award
2001 Louisville Institute Summer Research Fellowship “Benjamin Elijah Mays and the Creation of an Insurgent Negro Professional Clergy, 1930-1958”
1999 Ford Foundation Grant for Pathways to Possibilities Program: an Urban Pre-College Program
1998 Calvin College Alumni Summer Stipend: Archival Research on Benjamin Mays and Black Religious Intellectuals
1995 Kellogg Foundation Grant for Pathways to Possibilities Program, an Urban Pre-College Program
1995 September 7 The Michigan State Bar Association twenty-second Legal Milestone Bolden v. Grand Rapids Operating Corporation based on research from "Making Opportunity: The Grand Rapids African American Community Struggle Against Jim Crow" Ceremony and Dedication of Historical Marker, Grand Rapids Old Kent Bank Plaza.
1990 Michigan State University Graduate Fellowship Ph.D. History
African Americans in the Furniture City: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Grand Rapid (University of Illinois Press March 2006)
(2006 State History Award, University and Commercial Press, Historical Society of Michigan)
Schoolmaster of Benjamin Elijah Mays, A Religious Rebel in the Jim Crow America: An Intellectual Biography (University of North Carolina Press, 2012)
“Benjamin Elijah Mays” in African American Lives edited by Henry Louis Gates and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham (Oxford University Press, 2004)
"I set out to learn how...the 66 Books of the Bible Were Produced": The Academic Formation of Benjamin E. Mays, 1917-1935 in Walking Integrity: Benjamin Elijah Mays, Mentor to Generations edited by Lawrence Edward Carter (Scholar University Press, 1995).
"The African-American Church," Evangelisches Kirchenlexicon (Grand Rapids, Eerdmans Publishing, 1995)
“Granny was an ardent …. And Early as I Can Remember Mother Called The Children to Prayer:” Religion, Modernism, and Black Southern Masculinity in the Writings of Benjamin Elijah Mays and Richard Wright (Under Review American Quarterly)
“Up South and Down South Insurgents and Counterinsurgents in the Political Struggle to Define America: A Review Essay American Studies Fall/Winter 2009 Issue 50:3/4
“The Evolution of African Americans in Grand Rapids, Michigan”, The Historical Society of Michigan Chronicle” Vol. 28 No. 2 (Summer 2005), 16-20
“The Unmaking of Liberia: How a Grand Experiment Failed” A Review Essay Books and Culture: A Christian Review March/April 2005 Vol.11 No.2
“The Religious Dimension of the American Civil Rights Movement”: A Review Essay Church History 73:4 (December 2004)
“Of Our Spirituals Strivings” Faith, Justice, and the Teaching of the Humanities; Journal of the Institute for the Liberal Arts, Vol. 2 2003
“Benjamin Elijah Mays and the Creation of an Insurgent Negro Professional Clergy”, The African Methodist Episcopal Church Review 67:387 (July-December) 2002
“Slavery and Broken Souls: A Review Essay” Books and Culture: A Christian Review November/December 2001
"Bolden v. Keith's Theater: Jim Crow Challenged," Grand River Valley History, Vol. 11, (Grand Rapids, Fall 1993).
"The Character and Work of A Spiritual Workman Described: The Preaching of Lemuel Haynes and The Quest for Personal Freedom," Fides et Historia: Journal of the Conference on Faith and History XXVI:1, (Winter/Spring 1994).
"Making Opportunity: The Struggle against Jim Crow in Grand Rapids, 1890-1927, Michigan Historical Review 19: No.2, (Fall 1993).
Essays and Feature Writing
“ The Civil War was not as altruistic as you may think,” Grand Rapids Press April 12, 2011 http://www.mlive.com/opinion/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2011/04/guest_column_the_civil_war_was.html
“An Illiberal Education and Southern Politics,” July 4, 2010 History News Network http://hnn.us/articles/128406.html
"Obama, Wright, and Trinity." The Immanent Frame. Social Science Research Council. http://www.ssrc.org/blogs/immanent_frame/2008/05/19/obama-wright-and-trinity/
“Memorandum to Senator Obama: How to Run” History News Service (distributed to 300 daily newspapers) February 20, 2007
“Black History is Relevant to Americans,” Florida Sun-Sentinel February 5, 2007 http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2007-02-05/news/0702040052_1_black-history-month-black-teachers-alternative-history
“Martin Luther King’s True Legacy: Revolutionary Ideals” History News Service (distributed to 300 daily newspapers) January 8, 2007 published in the Washington Times http://historynewsservice.org/2007/01/martin-luther-kings-true-legacy-revolutionary-ideals/
“Blacks need to team up across the state of Michigan,” The Detroit Free Press September 6. 2007
“School Superintendent Search: We must Ask Tough Questions” Grand Rapids Times Vol. 49 No.8 January 26, 2006, 2.
“GRPS Candidates Must Know District’s Past to Build Better Future” Guest Column The Grand Rapids Press January 19, 2006, A11.
“For Opportunity, African American May Need to Look to the South” Opinion Piece Detroit Free Press August 8, 2005
“Far Away from Black Reality” Detroit Free Press August 8, 2001
"Kings for a Day: The Million Man March in Perspective", Perspectives: A Journal of Reformed Thought, Vol. 10, No. 10, December 1995.
Featured Essayist The Grand Rapids Press, (Sunday Edition 1993-94).
"Waters of Babylon: To Be an African-American Presbyterian,” Perspectives: A Journal of Reformed Thought, May 1992.
Review of Black Manhood and Community Building in North Carolina, 1900-1930 by Angela Hornsby-Gutting University Press of Florida, 2009, The Journal of American History 2009
Review of Hollywood Be Thy Name: African American Religion in American Film, 1929-1949 by Judith Weisenfeld, University of California Press, 2007 American Studies Journal 49:1/2, Spring-Summer 2009
Review of The Early Black History Movement, Carter G. Woodson, and Lorenzo Johnston Greene by Pero Gaglo Dagbovie University of Illinois Press Urbana and Chicago 2007, American Studies Journal, 49:1/2, Spring-Summer 2009
Review of Uplifting the People: Three Centuries of Black Baptists in Alabama By Wilson Fallin Jr.
University of Alabama Press, 2007, American Studies Journal 48: 1 (October) 2008
Review of Colin Kidd, The Forging of Races: Race and Scripture in the Protestant Atlantic World, 1600-2000 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006) in The Journal of Southern Religion (Volume X, 2007), http://jsr.fsu.edu/volume10/jelks.htm
“Memphis visit revealed breadth of King's work,” Review of Michael Honey, Going Down the Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King’s Last Campaign (W. W. Norton, 2007) Grand Rapids Press December 23, 2007
“Clarence Thomas tells story of deprivation, love, success,” Review of My Grand father’s Son: A Memoir by Clarence Thomas, Grand Rapids Press I2, 11/25/07
“Despite separation, brothers share hope,” Review of Brother, I’m Dying by Edwidge Danticat, Grand Rapids Press I2, 11/18/07
"Review of Basil Davidson, The African Genius," H-Africa, H-Net Reviews, October 2007. URL: http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.cgi?path=94361200258666
“Poverty, racism marked Clarence Thomas' youth,” Review of Supreme Discomfort: The Divided Soul of Clarence Thomas by Kevin Merida and Michael Fletcher, Grand Rapids Press J5, 8/19/07
Review of Will Coleman, Tribal Talk: Black Theology, Hermeneutics, and African/American Ways of “Telling the Story” in Theology Today 60:4 (January) 2004 566-567
Review of Blessed Are the Peacemakers: Martin Luther King Jr., Eight White Religious Leaders, and the "Letter from Birmingham Jail". Published by H-South (January 2004)
Review of William H. Worger, Nancy L. Clark, and Edward A. Alpers, Africa and the West: A Documentary History from the Slave Trade to Independence published by H-Africa (July 2003)
Review of Jane Daily, Before Jim Crow: The Politics of Race in Postemancipation Virginia (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2000) in South Carolina Historical Magazine 103:3 (July) 2002, 278-281
Review Chad Berry. Southern Migrants, Northern Exiles. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2000. Published by H-Net, H-South (August, 2001) http://www.h-net.msu.edu/reviews/
Review of Lamin Sanneh Abolitionist Abroad: American Blacks and the Making of West Africa H-Net Book Review for H-Net Review Africa (March 2001) www2.h-net.msu.edu/~africa/reviews/
Pre-publication review for Longman Press forthcoming book, African American Lives, American Stories by Clayborne Carson, Emma Lapansky, and Gary Nash (January 2000)
Review of “Fire in the Bones: Reflections on African American Religious History and Song of Zion: The African Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States and South Africa" Christian Century Magazine, October 16, 1996, 980-981.
Review, Making Malcolm: The Myth & Meaning of Malcolm X by Michael Eric Dyson, The Christian Century Magazine
Review, A Feather on the Breath of God by Sigrid Nunez, Grand Rapids Press, March 26, 1995.
Review, Black Fire: An Autobiography of a Black Revolutionary by Nelson Peery The Grand Rapids Press, February 28, 1995.
Review of Race Matters by Cornel West: The Christian Century Magazine, June30-July 7, 1993.
"Review, Freedom, Volume I: Freedom in the Making of Western Culture by Orlando Patterson, Perspectives: A Journal of Reformed Thought, June 1992.
"Author Captures Drama of Blacks in American South,” Review of 1959: A Novel by Thulani Davis, The Grand Rapids Press August 16, 1992.
"Reciprocal Roles”, Review of Martin & Malcolm & America: A Dream or A Nightmare? by James H. Cone, Perspectives: A Journal of Reformed Thought, February 1992.
Review, "Woodrow Wilson" by August Hecksher, The Grand Rapids Press, 26 January 1992.
Review, Adam Clayton Powell: An American Dilemma by Charles V. Hamilton. Grand Rapids Press, 29 December 1991.
Review, The Content of Our Character by Shelby Steele; African-American Voices in the Academy (Michigan State University Newsletter) vol. 1, No. 2, 1991.
Review, Black in Selma by J. L. Chestnut and Julia Case Grand Rapids Press 30 September 1990.
Interviews & Video
Interview “MLK’s Spiritual and Intellectual Father” on Central Standard hosted by Jabulani Leffall, WKCUR FM 89.3 aired May 16, 2012 http://kcur.org/post/mlks-spiritual-intellectual-father
“Schoolmaster of the Movement,” Inside Higher Ed (interview with Mitch Smith) February 22, 2012 http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/02/22/biography-follows-life-mlk-mentor-morehouse-president
“Mentors to Martin Luther King, Jr.” C-Span Panel, Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia January 17, 2012 http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/Mentors
Interviewee and Scholarly Consultant, Separate To Equal: The Creation of Truman Medical Centers documentary directed by Kevin Willmott aired April 14, 2011, Kansas City, Missouri KCPT PBS 19 http://kcpt.org/blog/2011/04/07/from-separate-to-equal-the-creation-of-truman-medical-center/
“Kansas City African American History Experts Explore the Foundations of Black Spiritual History,” Kansas City Star Helen Gray, February 20, 2010 http://blackchristiannews.com/news/2010/02/kansas-city-african-american-history-experts-explore-the-foundations-of-black-spiritual-history.html
Interview “Benjamin Elijah Mays” North Carolina Now, UNC-TV October 2006
The Klan in Michigan Documentary Film aired July 9, 15, and 23 2006 Michigan Public Television/WGVU
Interview Midmorning Show with Kerri Miller, Minnesota Public Radio, Topic “Coretta Scott King” February 1, 2006
Interview Jack Lessenberry Show WUOM Radio 104.1 FM, Topic “Michigan’s Racial Divide” December 1.2005 http://jackshow.blogs.com/jack/2005/11/next_time_12105.html
Interview Hannity and Colmes Fox News , Topic “Protest Letter regarding President Bush visit to Calvin College” May 13, 2005 http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,156931,00.html
Catalysts Radio, WYCE, Grand Rapids topic African Studies January 14, 2005 http://www.grcmc.org/catalystradio/audioarchives.php
Inner Compass, WGVU public television Channel 35 aired January Topic: Africa and Globalization
Interview with Midmorning Show with Kerri Miller, Minnesota Public Radio Topic: “Remembering the Civil Rights Movement” January 17, 2005 http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/programs/midmorning/listings/mm20050117.shtml
Interview with Cheri Nebbe, Program: “Stateside”, Topic “Race Relations in Michigan” University of Michigan Public Radio April 8, 2004 http://www.michiganradio.org/stateside_040504.asp
Interview with John Walters, University of Michigan Radio Ann Arbor, January 1997.Topic: “Racial Segregation in Michigan”
Narrator of Video “Flashback: African American Trailblazers in Grand Rapids” produced by the Grand Rapids Historical Commission, the Grand Rapids Public Schools, and the Frey Foundation (released February 1997)
Interview with John Walters, University of Michigan Public Radio Ann Arbor, September 1995 Topic: The Abolition of Jim Crow in Grand Rapids in response to the Michigan State Bar Association Twenty- Second Legal Milestone: Bolden v. Keith Theatre Aired: September 5, 1995 and December 14, 1995
Interview with John Walters, University of Michigan Public Radio Ann Arbor, February 6, 1996 Topic: "Fifty Years of Freedman's Progress: Black Grand Rapids in the Nineteenth Century" Aired February 7, 1996
Interview with Phil Tower, WYCE Radio 88.1, Grand Rapids, Michigan Topic: "Fifty Years of Freedman's Progress: Black Grand Rapids in the Nineteenth Century” Aired: February 11, 1996
Conference Papers, Seminars, and Symposiums
“Before Black Theology: The Slave Experience in the Religious Writings of Benjamin Elijah Mays and Howard Thurman” The American Historical Association Meeting January 3, 2008, Washington, D.C.
“Seeking to Be Christian in Race Relations”: Benjamin Elijah Mays’s Theology of Prophetic Christianity” The American Society for Church History and The American Historical Association, January 7, 2006 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
“The Regeneration of Africa: The African Diaspora as Protestant Revivalist Community” Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora Conference in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil October 5-7 2005
Program Committee Member The Southern History Association Atlanta Meeting November 2005
Panel Chair/Commentator: Great Lakes History Conference: Session: Archival Riches: Doing Ethnic History in Grand Rapids Grand Rapids Public Library Unusual Collection October 29, 2005
“Afro-Michiganders before the Civil War” The Great Lakes History Conference October 30, 2004 Grand Valley State University Grand Rapids Michigan
Panel Chair: Southern Intellectual History Circle “American South through the Lens of Postcolonial Theory” College of Charleston February 26-28, 2004
Invited Participant “Lived Theology and Civil Courage Conference” University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va. June 2003
Panel Chair: “Civil Rights Ministries: Cases from South Carolina” The Citadel Conference on the Civil Rights Movement in South Carolina Charleston, SC March 2003
“Of Our Spirituals Strivings,” Faith, Justice, and the Teaching of the Humanities; Institute for the Liberal Arts, Westmont College Santa Barbara California January 2003 http://www.westmont.edu/institute/conversations/2003_program/speakers
“Teaching the Civil Rights Movement”, The Michigan Sociological Association, Ferris State University, Fall Conference November 1-2, 2002
The Missionary Enterprise: Sources for the Christian Missions in the Atlantic World, 1500-1800, A Workshop of The International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World Harvard University April 15-16, 2000
Africa: Roots of Conflict and Foundation for Peace: Presbyterian Church (USA) and the United Nations October 14-17 1999
American Evangelicalism and Fundamentalism: An Historical Overview with George Marsden, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame June 1999*
African American Artists and Writers in Europe, 1919-1939 Washington University, St. Louis, MO March 25-27 1999
"The Social Structure of Racial Caste in Nineteenth Century Grand Rapids, Michigan" The Association of Afro-American Life and History Meeting, Charleston, South Carolina, October 2-4, 1997
Planning Committee, "The Arts, Community, and Cultural Democracy: An Interdisciplinary Conference” Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, August 16-19, 1995.
Panel Commentator, "Selected Roots of African American Intellectual History," Comparative History of Black People in Diaspora: A Symposium, E. Lansing, Michigan, April, 13-15
"I set out to learn how...the 66 Books of the Bible were Produced": The Academic Formation of an Afro-Baptist Liberal: Benjamin E. Mays, 1917-1935” Benjamin Elijah Mays Centennial Symposium, Lewiston, Maine October 28-20, 1994
"The Shape of Black Grand Rapids, 1910-1945: The Seeds of Ghettoization" The Dutch and Their Neighbors in Transition, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, October 8-9, 1993
"The Struggle Against Jim Crow In Grand Rapids, 1890-1927" The Great Lakes History Conference, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan, October 1993
“The State of the Black Church: A Perspective” McCormick Theological Seminary February 1999
“It Matters What One Believes: Benjamin Mays and Protestant Liberalism” Duke University Divinity School, Durham, North Carolina February 2000
“Building a Black Community, a Case Study: African Americans in the Furniture City” University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana November 2000
“Why Are Southerners Always White and Not Black” The Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina March 2001
“Afro-Michiganders before the Civil War” Grand Rapids Historical Society February 2004
“African Americans in the World House: The Globalize Struggle for Human Rights from a Black Perspective” Institute for Government and Politics, Western Michigan University January 19, 2005”
“Once Were Slaves: Slave Remembrances in the Michigan Press After the Civil War” Grand Rapids Historical Society” Gerald R. Ford Museum February 2005
“The Power of the Holy Spirit: African Spiritualize Christianity in the American South” Faculty Seminar Christ College, Valparaiso University December 9, 2005
“African Americans in the Furniture City” Calvin College January Series Lecture January 16, 2006
“The Niagara Movement: The Legacy of the American Civil Rights 100 Years Later” Grand Valley State University February 2, 2006
"Is Egypt in Africa? Were the Pharaohs Black? Afrocentrism, Fact or Fiction?" Lecture Series of the exhibition “The Treasures of Ancient Egypt, The Quest for Immortality” February 9, 2006
“Pedagogy for Civic Engagement,” Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan August 12, 2006
“We Want Black Power! Two Generations in Conflict in the Autobiographical Narrative of Benjamin Elijah Mays” The Langston Hughes Lecture Series, Hall Center for the Humanities, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas March 15, 2007
“Rediscovering the Black Religious Intellectual: A Case Study of Benjamin Elijah Mays” North Carolina Central University Second Annual Graduate Student Conference March 28, 2007
“Rediscovering the Black Religious Intellectual: Benjamin Elijah Mays in the Making of the Civil Rights Movement,” The Langston Hughes Lecture, The Robert Dole Institute of Politics, University of Kansas, February 19, 2008
“The Learning Tree of Gordon Parks: From Life magazine to John Shaft and Beyond.” Grand Rapids Art Museum, September 5, 2008
“The Schoolmaster of the Movement: Benjamin Mays, Black Religion and The Black Freedom Struggle,” Yale University African American Studies, The Department of Religious Studies, and The Yale Divinity School February 3, 2009 Slifka Center http://www.yale.edu/divinity/QSource/090201Q.htm
“Benjamin Elijah Mays Schoolmaster of The Movement: Liberal Arts Education, Vocation, and the Call of Democratic Social Engagement,” Swarthmore College sponsored by Black Studies and the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program February 5, 2009
“Schoolmaster of the Movement: Benjamin Elijah Mays, A Mother’s Faith, Modernity, and The Struggle for Civil Rights, University of Arkansas March 9, 2011 sponsored by Religious Studies & African American Studies http://cavern.uark.edu/rd_arsc/rlst/4624.php
Lecture “African American Migration to Grand Rapids and the Arc of Justice”
Great Michigan Read Sponsored by the Michigan Humanities Council, Grand Rapids Public Library, October 18, 2011 http://www.grpl.org/blog/?p=15116
“Writing Black Freedom Movements” (invited panelists) Oxford Conference on the Book, University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi March 22, 2012 http://conferenceforthebook.tumblr.com/Speakers
UNIVERSITY SERVICE AND COMMITTEES
KU Committee on Undergraduate Studies and Advising
KU Langston Hughes Visiting Professor Committee
KU Spencer Museum of Art Academic Advisory Council
EDITORIAL BOARDS AND ADVISORY COMMITTEES
Editorial advisory board, University of Georgia Press, “Politics and Culture in the Twentieth Century South,” Jane Dailey and Bryant Simons, series editors
RECENT COURSES TAUGHT
The University of Kansas
AAAS 306/AMS 344/Hist. 390 The Black Experience Since Emancipation
AMS 805: American Pluralism: Race, Religion in the United States
AMS 344: Black Men in America
AAAS 306/AMS 344/Hist. 390 The Black Experience Since Emancipation
AMS 801: Introduction to American Studies
AAAS 306 The Black Experience Since Emancipation
AMS 360: Theory and Method
AMS 801: Introduction to American Studies
AMS 332: African American Views of Africa
AMS 332: African American Views of Africa
AMS 550: Researching the Civil Rights Movement
AMS 801: Introduction to American Studies
AMS 550/ AAAS 551 Researching the Civil Rights Movement
AMS 332: The United in a Global Context
AMS 998: Religion and the American Civil Rights Movement
MA Thesis, and Ph.D. Dissertations Committees and Supervised
Tyler Branson, MA Thesis, "Steeped in Rhetoric, Digital Populism and the Tea Party Movement" (defended Spring 2011, April 19, 2011 Chair)
Doretha Williams, Ph.D. Thesis, “Kansas Grows the Best Wheat and the Best Race Women: Black Women’s Club Movement in Kansas 1900-30” (defended Spring April 11, 2011, Co-chair)
Phia Salter, Ph.D. Thesis, Social Psychology, Representations of Black History as Tools of Liberation and Oppression, (Defended September 2010, Committee Member)
Rebecca Barrett-Fox, Ph.D. American Studies dissertation “Pray Not for this People for their Good”: Westboro Baptist, the Religious Right, and American Nationalism.” (Committee Defended November 30, 2010 Committee Member)
Kojo Ruben Afagla Ph.D. dissertation American Studies "Reading Cook-Lynn: Anti-Imperialism, Colonial Resistance, and Native Empowerment." (Committee Member defended December 9, 2010)
Eric Washington, Ph.D. History, Michigan State University, "Heralding South Africa's Redemption: Evangelicalism and Ethiopianism in the Missionary Philosophy of the National Baptist Convention, 1880-1930." (Defended April 2010, Outside Committee Member)
Jeffrey Mack, Ph.D. dissertation, English “Let the Exhorter Speak: Black Masculinity and the Slave Narrative" (defended Spring 2009 Outside Committee Member)
Ariane Tulloch, MA Thesis, Anthropology, “AFRO-MEXICANS: A SHORT STUDY ON IDENTITY” (defended Spring 2009, Committee Member)
African Studies Association
Association for African Studies Programs
American Studies Association
Association for the Study of African American Life and History
American Historical Association
Organization of American Historians
Mid-America American Studies Association
Southern Historical Association
American Academy of Religion