Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D. Temple University (American History)
B.A. SUNY Stony Brook (Double Major in Africana Studies and
European History)

Research Fields: Civil Rights/Black Power Movement; African American History; African American Intellectual History; Comparative Black Nationalism; Twentieth Century American Social History; African Diaspora; Pan-Africanism


Fluent in Haitian Creole; reading knowledge of French




Assistant Professor of Africana Studies, SUNY-Stony Brook (2005-)
Assistant Professor of History and African/African-American Studies, University of Rhode Island (2000-2005)


New York University, Institute for African American Studies.
Affiliated Scholar, non-teaching (2004-2005).
University of Rhode Island, History and Afro-American Studies (Fall 1999-Spring 2000).
Arizona State University, African American Studies and School of Justice Studies (Spring 1998-Spring 1999)



“Distinguished Lecturer,” Organization of American Historians, Fall 2007-Spring 2010.

“2007 Emerging Scholar” by DIVERSE: Issues in Higher Education, January 11, 2007.

Waiting ’Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America named A Washington Post Best Book, by The Washington Post Book World, December 3, 2006.

Named a “Top Young Historian” by the History News Network, November 19, 2006.

Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars Residential Fellowship,
Washington, D.C., September 2002-May 2003.

Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, Institutional Affiliation: Dept. of Africana Studies, Brown University, May 2002-August 2002, June-August 2003.

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2002-2003 (declined).

Smithsonian Institution Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2002-2003 (declined).

Robert Woodruff Special Collections Library Grant, Emory University, Summer 2002.

URI Council of Research Grant, Summers 2001 and 2004.

Teaching Assistant, Dept. of History, Temple University, 1993-1996.




Waiting ’Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America (New York: Henry Holt, 2006), 416 pp.

*Pre-publication reviews in Publisher’s WeeklyKirkus ReviewsBooklistLibrary Journal (starred review). Reviewed in The Washington Post Book WorldPhiladelphia WeeklyNew York NewsdayRocky Mountain NewsPhiladelphia Inquirer, and Harper’s. A Washington Post Best Book of the Year. Holiday Reading Pick, December 2006. Named an October, 2006 Bestseller for Hardcover Non-Fiction by Kramerbooks in Washington, DC. Top Twenty book list for November, 2006 by Bus Boys and Poets Bookstore, Washington, D.C.  Recommended reading list, City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco, 2006 and Harvard Bookstore, Cambridge, Mass. Chosen by YBP Library Services as part of the “YBP CORE 1000” books, out of over 50,000 published, essential to academic library collections, November 2006.

Editor and Introduction, The Black Power Movement: Rethinking the Civil Rights and Black Power Era (New York: Routledge, 2006), 385 pp.



Guest Editor, “Black Power Studies II,” The Black Scholar, Volume 32, number 1, (Spring 2002): 66pp. 

Guest Editor, “Black Power Studies I,” The Black Scholar, Volume 31, number 3-4, (Fall/Winter 2001): 66pp.



Dashikis and Democracy: Black Studies, Student Activism, and the Black Power Movement,” Journal of African American History, Volume 88, number 2 (Spring 2003): 182-203. Reprinted as “Black Studies, Student Activism, and the Black Power Movement,” in Peniel E. Joseph, ed., The Black Power Movement: Rethinking the Civil Rights-Black Power Era.

“Where Blackness is Bright? Cuba, Africa, and Black Liberation During the Age of Civil Rights,” New Formations, 45 (Winter 2001-2002): 111-124.

“Black Liberation Without Apology: Rethinking the Black Power Movement,” The Black Scholar, Volume 31, number 3-4  (Fall/Winter 2001): 2-17.

“Waiting Till the Midnight Hour: Reconceptualizing the Heroic Period of The Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965,” Souls, Volume 2, number 2 (Spring 2000): 6-17.

 “Preface” and “Introduction: Toward a Historiography of the Black Power Movement,” Peniel E. Joseph, ed., TheBlack Power Movement: Rethinking the Civil Rights-Black Power Era (New York: Routledge, 2006), pp. xi-xii and 1-25.

“An Emerging Mosaic: Rewriting Postwar African American History,” Lewis R. Gordon and Jane Anna Gordon, eds., A Companion to African-American Studies  (Malden, MA: Basil Blackwell, 2006), pp. 400-416.

“Rethinking Harold Cruse and the Crisis of the Negro Intellectual,” Jerry G. Watts, ed., Harold Cruse and the Crisis of the Negro Intellectual Reconsidered (London: Routledge, 2004), pp. 241-260.

“At the Crossroads: Black Radicalism’s Global Vision During the Age of Civil Rights,” Niyi Afolabi, ed., Marvels of the African World: Africa, New World Connections, and Identities (Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2003), pp. 425-450.

“All Power to the People! Teaching Black Nationalism in the Post-Civil Rights Era,” Julie Buckner Armstrong, et al, eds., Teaching the American Civil Rights Movement: Freedom’s Bittersweet Song (New York: Routledge, 2002), pp. 147-158.

 “`It’s Dark and Hell is Hot’: Cornel West, the Crisis of African-American Intellectuals, and the Cultural Politics of Race,” George Yancy, ed., Cornel West: A Critical Reader (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 2001), pp. 295-311.



“Black Power’s Powerful Legacy,” The Chronicle Review (The Chronicle of Higher Education, Section B), July 21, 2006, pp. B6-B8. Cover Essay.

“Black Power’s Quiet Side,” New York Times, June 19, 2006, p. A19.

“Review of Jeffrey O.G. Ogbar, Black Power: Radical Politics and African American Identity (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 2004). Journal of African American History Volume 91, number 1 (Winter 2006): 104-106.

“Left Behind: Backdrop to a National Conference,” (September 2005)

“Review of Bettye Collier Thomas and V.P. Franklin, eds., Sisters in the Struggle: African American Women in the Civil Rights-Black Power Movements (New York: New York University Press, 2001). Journal of American History, Volume 92, number 1 (June 2005), pp. 304-305.

“Dark Days and Bright Nights: The NGO Forum and the World Conference Against Racism,” Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noir, Volume 4, number 1 (Spring 2002): 64-68. Reprinted in Synthesis/Regeneration, 27 (Winter 2002): 42-44.

Review of Mike Marqusee’s Redemption Song: Muhammad Ali and the Spirit of the Sixties (London: Verso, 1999). “More than Just a Champion,” The Gaither Reporter, Volume 4, number 9 (July-August 2001): 5-6.

Review of Michael Eric Dyson’s I May Not Get There With You: The True Martin Luther King, Jr. (New York: The Free Press, 2000). “Reconstructing the Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr., Black Radicalism, and African-American Political Thought,” The C.L.R. James Journal, Volume 8, number 2 (Winter 2001): 178-186.

“Winter in America: Color, Democracy, and the Presidential Election,” The Black Scholar, Volume 31, number 2 (Summer 2001): 25-29.

Review essay of Timothy Tyson’s Radio Free Dixie: Robert F. Williams and the Roots of Black Power (University of North Carolina Press, 1999). Beyond the Color Curtain,” The Black Scholar, Volume 31, number 1 (Spring 2001): 43-49.

Review of Joy James’ Shadowboxing: Representations of Black Feminist Politics (St. Martin’s Press, 1999). “Dissidents in the Dark,” Social Identities, Volume 6, number 2, (2000): 223-226.

Review of Komozi Woodard’s A Nation With a Nation: Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones) & Black Power Politics (University of North Carolina Press, 1999). “Black Power Revisited,” The Gaither Reporter, Volume 4, number 4 (March-April 1999): 3, 10, 12.

“The Post Civil Rights Era,” New Politics (1996): 52-54.

“‘Black Reconstructed’: White Supremacy in the Post Civil Rights Era,” The Black Scholar, Volume 25 (1995): 52-55.



Book Manuscript, A World of Our Own: Black Intellectuals and the Pan-African Dream

Book Manuscript, Any Day Now: Rewriting Postwar African American History

Book Manuscript, Revolution in Babylon: Stokely Carmichael and America in the 1960s



Invited Panelist, Roundtable on 40th anniversary of Black Power by Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael) and Charles Hamilton, American Historical Association, January 4, 2007.

Ford Foundation Diversity Conference, October 21, 2006
Organizer and Presenter of Junior Faculty Workshop

Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, Sept. 27-30
Organizer and Presenter: “The Black Power Movement: Rethinking the Civil Rights Black Power Era”

4th Annual How Class Works Conference, SUNY Stony Brook, June 10, 2006
Paper: “The Black Power Movement and Class Struggle”

Race, Roots, and Resistance: Revisiting the Legacies of Black Power Conference, University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne, April 1, 2006
Panel Organizer and Presenter, Paper: “Toward a Historiography of the Black Power Movement”

International Humanities Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, January 11, 2006
Paper: “New Perspectives on the Black Power Movement”

American Studies Association Conference, Washington, D.C., November 5, 2005
Paper: “Re-imaging the Black Power Era”

The Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships Conference, National Academy of Sciences, October 1, 2005. Invited Discussant, Humanities Workshop Panelist

The Black Power Movement in Historical Perspective, University of Connecticut, November 13-14, 2003. Paper: “Redefining the Black Power Movement”

The Black Panther Party in Historical Perspective, Wheelock College, June 12, 2003
Comment: “The Black Panther Party in Historical Time”

Organization of American Historians Annual Conference, Memphis, TN, April 5, 2003
Panel Organizer and Presenter, Paper: “Rethinking the Black Liberation Movement”

How Class Works Conference Annual Conference SUNY Stony Brook, June 6, 2002
Paper: “African-American Class Struggles during the Civil Rights/Black Power Era”

Philosophy Born of Struggle VIII Annual Conference, Brown University, October 19, 2001
Paper: “Reparations and the Black Power Movement”

Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., September 28, 2001. Panel Organizer and Presenter, Paper: “Black Liberation Without Apology: Rethinking the Black Power Movement”                            

World Conference Against Racism NGO Forum, Durban, South Africa, August 28-September 1, 2001. Official NGO Delegate

Crossroutes: New Meaning of “Race” in the 21st Century, Annual Conference, Sardinia, Italy, March 2001. Paper: “A Hopeless History? Constructing an Alternative Civil Rights Narrative”

C.L.R. James Scholarship: Old and New. Brown University, Providence, RI, April 2000
Comment: “Rethinking Black Liberation Struggles”

Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, April 2000. Chair and Presenter Paper: “Black Power and Popular Culture”

Rethinking Slave Narratives: Between History and Literature Brown University, Providence, RI, March, 2000. Comment: “Antebellum and Neo-Slave Narratives”

National Council for Black Studies Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, March 2000
Paper: “Black Liberation in the Age of Civil Rights”

Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture Association Annual Conference, Valley Forge, PA, November 1999. Paper: “`I Am We’: Huey P. Newton, the Black Panther Party, and Critical Race History”

Association for the Study of Afro-American History and Life Annual Conference, Detroit Michigan, October 1999.Paper: “Redefining Black Political Thought in the Age of Civil Rights”

Rethinking Marxism Annual Conference, Amherst, MA. December 1996
Paper: “African-American Intellectuals in the Post Civil Rights Era”



Invited Participant, Internationalising Black Power Conference, Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London, October 2007

Lecture: “Waging War Amid Shadows: Black Power’s Hidden History”
Arizona State University, April 4, 2007

Lecture: “Black Power and Civil Rights: A Reassessment”
Martin Luther King Public Library, Black Studies Division, Washington, D.C., February 22, 2007 

Lecture: “Storm Warnings: Black Power, Race, and the 1960s”
University of Maryland College Park, February 22, 2007 

Lecture: “Black Power and American Democracy”
Provost’s Lecture, Stony Brook University, February 20, 2007 

Lecture: “Revolution in Babylon: Stokely Carmichael and America in the 1960s”
Humanities Institute, Stony Brook University, February 7, 2007 

Invited Panelist, “Black Power Today!”
Humanities Institute, Stony Brook University, February 1, 2007 

Lecture: “Storm Warnings: Black Power and the 1960s”
UCLA, Ralph Bunche Center, November 17, 2006 

Lecture: “An Unchronicled Epic: Black Power in American History”
Johns Hopkins University, October 20, 2006 

Invited Participant, Book Panel on Waiting Til the Midnight Hour featuring Dr. Ron Walters and Dr. Elizabeth Clark-Lewis

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, October 19, 2006
Lecture: “The Black Power Movement and American History”
Boston University, October 3, 2006 

Lecture: “Waiting Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America”
Columbia University, Center for Contemporary Black History, September 19, 2006

Lecture: “Exploring the Nexus: Civil Rights, Black Power, and Hip-Hop Culture”
Goucher College Martin Luther King Lecture, February 22, 2006

Lecture: “Rethinking the Black Power Movement”
Fairfield University, Black Studies Lecture Series, February 16, 2006

Presenter, “The Black Power Movement in Historical Perspective,” Latino Student Sorority,
University of Rhode Island, Spring 2002

Presenter, “Report on U.N. World Conference Against Racism,” Diversity Week Workshop, University of Rhode Island, October 3, 2001

Presenter, “The Contemporary African-American Experience,” UHURU Sasa Program, University of Rhode Island, Fall 2001

Invited Participant, “Reparations Debate between Peniel Joseph and David Horowitz” The Steve Kass Show (radio talk show), WPRO-AM, April, 2001

Panelist, Hip-Hop: Roots and Reach, The Providence Black Repertory Theater, April, 2001

Presenter, “Radical Black Women,” Women of Color and their Allies, University of Rhode Island, April, 2001

Panelist, King’s Unfinished Legacy: The Continued Fight Against Racism and Economic Injustice, Afro-American Studies, Brown University, April, 2001

Black History Month Lecture Lecture, “Rethinking the Black Power Movement”
Delaware State University, Dover, DE February 2001

Panelist, African-American Studies in the 21st Century, Afro-American Studies Program, University of Rhode Island, Fall 2000

Presenter, “African-Americans at the Crossroads: Election Year 2000,” Diversity Week Workshop, University of Rhode Island, October 2000

Panelist, “The Future of Black Studies in the 21st Century,” African and African American Studies Program, University of Rhode Island, October 2000

South County Anti-Racist Coalition, Kingston, RI, Annual Black History Month Dinner Lecture: “Rethinking Racial Justice for a New Millennium,” February 2000

The Committee on African and African-American Research, Fall Lecture Series, Lecture: “At the Crossroads: Reconceptualizing the Heroic Period of the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965,” Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, December 1998

NAACP Black History Month Lecture Lecture: “W.E .B. Du Bois and the Modernist Project”
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, February 1998



New York TimesBlack Issues Book ReviewThe CrisisDiverse: Issues in Higher EducationProvidence Journal. Tavis Smiley Show, PBS; Harlem Book Fair Panel on Democracy and Elections, C-SPAN; Bev Smith Radio Show (nationally syndicated); Bob Edwards Show-XM Satellite; Michael Signorelli Show, XM Satellite; WBAI (New York City’s Pacifica Radio); WOLB (Baltimore); Local radio in Philadelphia and other cities.


The Black Power Movement

Black Nationalism in America

Recent African American History

American Attitudes Toward Race

Blacks in the Urban City



The Black Radical Tradition

Seminar on Civil Rights and Black Power



Co-sponsored Provostial Lecture, February 20, 2007

Humanities Institute Lecture, February 7, 2006

Stony Brook University Bookstore, Featured Author, December 6, 2006

Search Committee Member, Africana Studies Caribbeanist Search, Fall 2006

Search Committee Member, English, Multi-Ethnic Studies Search, Fall 2006

Faculty Coordinator, Black World Newspaper, Stony Brook University, Fall 2006-

Faculty Coordinator, AFS 283, Community Service, Fall 2006-

Faculty Mentor, Black and Latino Women’s Leadership Commission

Speaker, “Is the Black Woman Becoming Obsolete?” Program, sponsored by Phi Beta Sigma, November, 2006

Keynote Speaker, Black Solidarity Day, November 2006

Melville Author Library Lecture, November 7, 2006

Organized Provostial Black History Month Lecture on “Rethinking the Black Panther Party: Race, Class, and American Democracy in the 21st Century,” by Dr. Yohuru Williams, SUNY-Stony Brook, February 2006

Dialogues Across Difference Grant Recipient, SUNY Stony Brook, February 2006

Keynote, “Hurricane Katrina: An Eye Opener to the American People” Program, SUNY Stony Brook, December 7, 2005

Presenter, New Faculty Symposium, Sunwood, SUNY Stony Brook, November 18, 2005

Keynote Speaker, Black Solidarity Day, UNITI Cultural Center, SUNY Stony Brook, November 7, 2005

Presenter, History Department Colloquium, SUNY Stony Brook, October 10, 2005

Participant, “Fundraiser for Victims of Hurricane Katrina,” Wang Center, SUNY Stony Brook, September 22, 2005

Organized “Left Behind: Backdrop to a National Crisis” Post-Katrina Forum, Africana Studies Library, SUNY Stony Brook, September 14, 2005

Member, Black Male Leadership Commission, SUNY Stony Brook, Fall 2005-present

Participant, Fine Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences at Stony Brook (FAHSS), Fall 2005-present

Awards Selection Committee, Brown vs. Board of Education Essay Contest, Spring 2004

Committee for Faculty Course Load Reduction, Fall 2003           

Nominator and Presenter, William Gould Award for All-Around Outstanding Achievement, Fifth Annual Black Scholars Award, Spring 2002

Awards Selection Committee, URI Diversity Awards, Fall 2001



Co-editor (with Manning Marable of Columbia University) of The Palgrave Macmillan Series in Contemporary Black History Book Series. Winter 2006-

Member, Editorial Working Group, Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society, Winter 2006-

Participant, “Surviving the Job Market” Workshop, American Studies Association Meeting, Washington, D.C., November 5, 2005

Organization of American History Committee on the Status of Minority Historians and Minority History, 2000-2002

Organization of American History Membership Committee, 2002-2007 (Co-chair of New York State Committee, 2005-2007)

Book Reviewer: Journal of African American HistoryJournal of American History, 2003-

Scholar-in-Residence, Brown University, 2002-2003

Guest Editor, The Black Scholar, 2001-2002



American Historical Association

Association for the Study of Afro-American History and Life

Association for the Study of the World Wide African Diaspora

National Council of Black Studies

Organization of American Historians

Southern Historical Association