News and Announcements

Current News

Announcement: Graduate Certificate Program in African American Studies Approved!

Comparative Race and Diaspora (CED) Cluster is Approved! Contact the Cluster Chair, John Marquez with questions.

Faculty in the News

Dwight A. McBride has been elected to be a member of the American Antiquarian Society. This is an honor bestowed to an elite group of scholars, educators, publishers and collectors who are invested in American history through 1876. The member includes thirteen former U.S. Presidents.

Mary Pattillo featured in the February edition of Research News, see story at http://www.research.northwestern.edu/pubs/news/.

Dwight McBride earned a Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Studies for his book, co-edited with Justin Joyce, The Delectable Negro.

Nitasha Sharma earned a 2015 National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend to write her ethnography on Black people in Hawai‘i.

Martha Biondi’s book, Black Revolution on Campus won several awards including the National Book Award from the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis (2012) and the Wesley-Logan Prize from the AHA and ASALH (2013).

E. Patrick Johnson is the Oscar Brockett Outstanding Teacher of Theater in Higher Education (2015) and won the Rene Castillo Otto Award for Political Theater (2014).

Notable Recent Publications

Several faculty have published books recently, including:

  • Sylvester Johnson's African American Religions, 1500-2000: Colonialism, Democracy, and Freedom (Cambridge University Press in 2015)
  • Sherwin Bryant’s Rivers of Gold, Lives of Bondage: Governing through Slavery in Colonial Quito (University of North Carolina Press, 2014)
  • John Marquez’s Black-Brown Solidarity: Racial Politics in the New Gulf South (University of Texas Press, 2014)

Darlene Clark Hine was awarded the 2013 National Humanities Medal from The White House.

Other News

Dwight McBride will be a Mellon Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at the American Antiquarian Society in 2015-2016.

Listen to Mary Pattillo’s recent appearance on WBEZ.

Read Mary Pattillo’s op-ed published in the Chicago Tribune: Plenty of good room for Obama library — just not in Washington Park.

Read about Martha Biondi’s role in the Chicago reparations deal for police torture victims on the Chicago Tribune.

Martha Biondi’s book, Black Revolution on Campus won several awards including the National Book Award from the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis (2012) and the Wesley-Logan Prize from the AHA and ASALH (2013)

E. Patrick Johnson is the Oscar Brockett Outstanding Teacher of Theater in Higher Education (2015) and won the Rene Castillo Otto Award for Political Theater (2014).

Nitasha Sharma earned an NEH Summer Stipend (2015) to write her second book on Blacks and Multiraciality in Hawai‘i.

Read Huffington Post's "Black Voices" for quotes from Dr. Sherwin Bryant.

Read an Ebony article featuring Dr. Mary Pattillo: "The Disappearance of the Black American Dream: Can Our Middle Class Survive?"

Read an APA Marketplace interview with Celeste Watkins-Hayes: Flying with a net, literal and figurative.

Dr. Celeste Watkins-Hayes, has published several op eds. Click titles, below, to read:

Graduate Student Shout Outs

Congratulations to Frederick Staidum, Jean-Pierre Brutus, Damon Burchell, and Bernard Forjwuor, who all successfully defended their dissertations over the summer.

Damon Burchell-Sajnani: Assistant Professor of African Languages and Literature at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Courtney Patterson: Inaugural Teaching Fellow in Critical Identity Studies, Beloit College

Bernard Forjwuor: Postdoctoral Fellow in Politics, Mt. Holyoke College