African American Studies

African American Studies

episodes

Interviews with scholars of African America about their new books.

Duana Fullwiley, "Tabula Raza: Mapping Race and Human Diversity in American Genome Science" (U California Press, 2024)

June 13, 2024

Tabula Raza

Duana Fullwiley
Hosted by Reighan Gillam

In Tabula Raza: Mapping Race and Human Diversity in American Genome Science (University of California Press, 2024), Duana Fullwiley has penned an inti…

Screwed and Chopped

June 10, 2024

Screwed and Chopped

Langston Collin Wilkins
Hosted by Mack Hagood

Since the 1990s, many of Houston’s African American residents have customized cars and customized the sound of hip hop. Cars called “slabs” swerve a s…

Adrienne Brown, "The Residential Is Racial: A Perceptual History of Mass Homeownership" (Stanford UP, 2024)

June 9, 2024

The Residential Is Racial

Adrienne Brown
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Housing experts and activists have long described the foundational role race has played in the creation of mass homeownership. This book insistently t…

Financial Institutions and Enslavement

June 8, 2024

Financial Institutions and Enslavement

Sharon Ann Murphy and David Montero
Hosted by N'Kosi Oates

In this special episode, we talk to two authors about the role of financial institutions in enslavement. Sharon Ann Murphy, associate professor of his…

Corey J. Miles, "Vibe: The Sound and Feeling of Black Life in the American South" (U Mississippi Press, 2024)

June 7, 2024

Vibe

Corey J. Miles
Hosted by Rebekah Buchanan

In Vibe: The Sound and Feeling of Black Life in the American South (University of Mississippi Press, 2023), Corey J. Miles narrates how southern Black…

Vince Brown, Caribbean Vectors (EF, JP)

June 6, 2024

Caribbean Vectors

Vince Brown

The largest slave uprising in the 18th century British Caribbean was also a node of the global conflict called the Seven Year’s War, though it isn’t u…

Matthew D. Morrison, "Blacksound: Making Race and Popular Music in the United States" (U California Press, 2024)

June 5, 2024

Blacksound

Matthew D. Morrison
Hosted by Nathan Smith

Blacksound: Making Race and Popular Music in the United States (U California Press, 2024) explores the sonic history of blackface minstrelsy and the r…

Kyle Barnett, "Record Cultures: The Transformation of the U.S. Recording Industry" (U Michigan Press, 2020)

June 2, 2024

Record Cultures

Kyle Barnett
Hosted by Kimberly Mack

In Record Cultures: The Transformation of the U.S. Recording Industry (University of Michigan Press, 2020), Kyle Barnett tells the story of the smalle…

Richard E. Ocejo, "Sixty Miles Upriver: Gentrification and Race in a Small American City" (Princeton UP, 2024)

June 2, 2024

Sixty Miles Upriver

Richard E. Ocejo
Hosted by Anna Zhelnina

Newburgh is a small postindustrial city of some twenty-eight thousand people located sixty miles north of New York City in the Hudson River Valley. Li…

Larry Roeder and Barry Harrelson, "Dirt Don't Burn: A Black Community's Struggle for Educational Equality Under Segregation" (Georgetown UP, 2023)

May 27, 2024

Dirt Don't Burn

Larry Roeder and Barry Harrelson
Hosted by Deidre Tyler

The system of educational apartheid that existed in the United States until the Brown v. Board of Education decision and its aftermath has affected ev…

Ears Racing

May 27, 2024

Ears Racing

Jennifer Stoever
Hosted by Mack Hagood

This episode, we talk with Jennifer Lynn Stoever–editor of the influential sound studies blog Sounding Out!–about her new book, The Sonic Color Line: …

Jesse McCarthy, "The Blue Period: Black Writing in the Early Cold War" (U Chicago Press, 2024)

May 26, 2024

The Blue Period

Jesse McCarthy
Hosted by Damian Maher

‘The result is that, at the present time, the world is at an impasse.’ In 1956, Aimé Césaire pronounced the world to be at an impasse while renounci…

Laura Helton, "Scattered and Fugitive Things: How Black Collectors Created Archives and Remade History" (Columbia UP, 2024)

May 22, 2024

Scattered and Fugitive Things

Laura Helton
Hosted by Jen Hoyer

During the first half of the twentieth century, a group of collectors and creators dedicated themselves to documenting the history of African American…

Benjamin Bryce and David M. K. Sheinin, "Race and Transnationalism in the Americas" (U Pittsburgh Press, 2021)

May 22, 2024

Race and Transnationalism in the Americas

Benjamin Bryce and David M. K. Sheinin
Hosted by Ariadna Obregon

Edited by Benjamin Bryce and David Sheinin, Race and Transnationalism in the Americas (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2021), highlights the importanc…

Ryan Reft, "Heroin and Chocolate City: Black Community Responses to Drug Addiction in the Nation’s Capital, 1967-1973" (2024)

May 20, 2024

Heroin and Chocolate City

Ryan Reft
Hosted by Emily Dufton

Ryan Reft is a historian in the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress, where he oversees collections pertaining to 20th and 21st century dome…

Raven Simone Maragh-Lloyd, "Black Networked Resistance: Strategic Rearticulations in the Digital Age" (U California Press, 2024)

May 19, 2024

Black Networked Resistance

Raven Simone Maragh-Lloyd
Hosted by Pete Kunze

Black Networked Resistance: Strategic Rearticulations in the Digital Age (U California Press, 2024)​ explores the creative range of Black digital user…

Adriana Chira, "Patchwork Freedoms: Law, Slavery, and Race beyond Cuba's Plantations" (Cambridge UP, 2022)

May 17, 2024

Patchwork Freedoms

Adriana Chira
Hosted by Kishauna Soljour

In nineteenth-century Santiago de Cuba, the island of Cuba's radical cradle, Afro-descendant peasants forged freedom and devised their own formative p…

Christopher Tounsel, "Bounds of Blackness: African Americans, Sudan, and the Politics of Solidarity" (Cornell UP, 2024)

May 15, 2024

Bounds of Blackness

Christopher Tounsel
Hosted by Kishauna Soljour

Christopher Tounsel's book Bounds of Blackness: African Americans, Sudan, and the Politics of Solidarity (Cornell UP, 2024) explores the history of Bl…

Courtney Thorsson, "The Sisterhood: How a Network of Black Women Writers Changed American Culture" (Columbia UP, 2023)

May 13, 2024

The Sisterhood

Courtney Thorsson
Hosted by N'Kosi Oates

The Sisterhood: How a Network of Black Women Writers Changed American Culture (Columbia University Press, 2023) explores how an incredible group of Bl…

Kevin Woodson, "The Black Ceiling: How Race Still Matters in the Elite Workplace" (U Chicago Press, 2023)

May 13, 2024

The Black Ceiling

Kevin Woodson
Hosted by Deidre Tyler

America's elite law firms, investment banks, and management consulting firms are known for grueling hours, low odds of promotion, and personnel practi…