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Martha Biondi

Martha Biondi

Chair of the Department of African American Studies
Professor of African American Studies and History

Address:
African American Studies Department
Crowe 5-107
1860 S. Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL 60208-2209

Phone: 847-491-4806

Fax: 847-491-4803

Email: m-biondi@northwestern.edu

Research Interests:
20th Century African American History with a focus on social movements, politics, labor, gender, cities, and international affairs

Courses:
AFAM 220 The Civil Rights and Black Liberation Movement
AFAM 212 Introduction to African American History
AMAM 440 Black Historiography

Degrees:
Ph.D. Columbia University
M.A. Columbia University
B.A. Barnard College, Columbia University

Coming this Summer: The Black Revolution on Campus (University of California Press, 2012)
The Black Revolution on Campus describes an extraordinary but forgotten chapter of the black freedom struggle. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Black students organized hundreds of protests that sparked a period of crackdown, negotiation, and reform that profoundly transformed college life. At stake was the very mission of higher education. Black students demanded that public universities serve their communities; that private universities rethink the mission of elite education; and that black colleges embrace self-determination and resist the threat of integration. Most crucially, black students demanded a role in the definition of scholarly knowledge. Vividly demonstrating the critical linkage between the student movement and changes in university culture, the book illustrates how victories in establishing Black Studies ultimately produced important intellectual innovations and had a lasting impact on academic research and university curricula over the past 40 years.

Recent Awards:

2004. Myers Outstanding Book Award for To Stand and Fight: the Struggle for Civil Rights in Postwar New York City by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights in North America.

2003. Thomas J. Wilson Prize awarded to To Stand and Fight: the Struggle for Civil Rights in Postwar New York City by the Board of Syndics of Harvard University Press as the best first book of the year.

Recent Publications:          

"Black Student Organizing and Early Visions for African American Studies," Kalfou: A Journal of Comparative and Relational Ethnic Studies (forthcoming 2012)

“Controversial Blackness: The Historical Development and Future Trajectory of African American Studies,” Daedalus, 140 (Spring 2011.)

“Brooklyn College Belongs to Us: Black Students and the Transformation of Higher Education in New York City,” Clarence Taylor, ed. Civil Rights in New York City (New York: Fordham University Press, 2011)

"Student Protest, 'Law and Order' and the Origins of African American Studies in California," forthcoming, in volume edited by Manisha Sinha and Penny Von Eschen, Columbia University Press.

"The Rise of the Reparations Movement," Radical History Review 87 (Fall 2003)

To Stand and Fight: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Postwar New York City To Stand and Fight: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Postwar New York City (2003, Harvard University Press)

Upcoming Events


Friday, May 162:00 PM
In Search of the Black Fantastic: A Critical Engagement on the Work and Life of Richard Iton

Saturday, May 179:00 AM
In Search of the Black Fantastic: A Critical Engagement on the Work and Life of Richard Iton

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