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Gallatin School of Individualized Study
New York University
1 Washington Place, Room 503
New York, New York 10003


Ph.D., Boston University, 1978
Major Field: African History
Minor Field: African American History

M.A., Boston University, 1973
Major Field: History

B.A., Wheaton College (MA) 1971
cum laude and with departmental honors in Urban Studies


Professor of History, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, NYU July 1998 to present

Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, Faculty of Arts and Science, NYU, 2010 to present

Professor of History and Black Studies, Hampshire College, 1990 to 1998

Five Colleges Graduate Faculty, 1986 to 1998
• Supervised MA and PhD theses in anthropology and history departments at U. Mass-Amherst

Associate Professor of History and Black Studies, Hampshire College, 1983 to 1990

Assistant Professor of History and Black Studies, Hampshire College, 1980 to 1983

Assistant Professor of African History, Departments of History and Pan African Studies, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, September 1978 to June 1980

Instructor, History Department, Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone Freetown, Sierra Leone, November 1975 to June 1976

Vice Provost for Faculty Development, New York University, September 2008 to 8/2009

• Supervise Office of Faculty Resources, Center for Teaching Excellence; Faculty Resource Network; Office of Equal Opportunity;
• Oversee university-wide faculty diversity efforts
• Chair, Special Council on Faculty Diversity

Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, New York University, September 2005 to August 2008

• Advised provost on faculty appointments, tenure, and policies
• Member of President’s Senior Team of 12 people
• Supervised Office of Faculty Resources, Center for Teaching Excellence; Faculty Resource Network; Office of Academic Appointments; Office of Equal Opportunity; Scholars at Risk Network
• Oversaw university-wide faculty diversity efforts
• Act as provost’s liaison to the Faculty Senator’s Council, the School of Social Work, and the humanistic social sciences in the School of Faculty of Arts and Science

Dean of the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, NYU, July 1998 to June 2005

• Chief academic, administrative, and fiscal officer of a school with 1200 undergraduates, 200 masters students, and a $20m budget
• Increased the school’s visibility and reputation both in the university and throughout the country; greatly increased the applicant pool (over 30% in the last year alone)
• Raised over $25m in last two years for major capital campaign
• Led the school to build a stronger, more diverse faculty and a more coherent curriculum; retention steadily improved

Dean of Faculty, Hampshire College (Amherst, MA.), July 1994 to June 1998

• Chief academic officer for the college with four schools and approximately 90 faculty members and 1200 students
• Supervised the library, academic computing, admissions and financial aid, registrar, advising, and more
• Managed major restructuring of the faculty from four schools to five
• Significant improvement of faculty diversity
• Substantial growth in admissions applications

Dean of the School of Social Science, Hampshire College, July 1991 to June 1994
Chief academic officer of a school with approximately 40 faculty members


Manuscript Reviewer
Cornell University Press
Syracuse University Press

Co-chair of the Executive Committee, Metro New York/Southern Connecticut Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC), 2006 to 2009

Participant, Institute of Management and Leadership in Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Summer 2006

Chair, NYU Council of the Deans, 2001 to 2005

Chair, Review Committee for Proposed Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Program, Louisiana State University, 2001

Series Editor, Critical Studies in Racism and Ethnicity, Temple University Press, 1997 to present

President’s Commission, Wheaton College, 1997 to 2003

College of Arts & Sciences Advisory Board for Adelphi University, 1997 to 1999

Planning Committee, Black Women and the Academy Conferences, 1994 and 1997

Selection Committee, Frederic W. Ness Book Award, 1995

History Department Visiting Committee, Amherst College, 1995

Chair, Five Colleges Black Studies Executive Committee, 1981 to 1982

Visiting Research Scholar, Institute of African Studies, Fourah Bay College, Freetown, Sierra Leone, 1975 to 1977


Kidder-Peabody Grant for research in The Gambia, Spring 1989

Letitia Brown Memorial Publication Prize of the Association of Black Women Historians for the best book in 1987 on Black Women (Sierra Leone's Settler Women Traders), Fall 1987

Catherine T. & John D. MacArthur Professor, Hampshire College, 1985 to 1988

Fulbright Senior Research Scholar in Sierra Leone and The Gambia, Fall 1983

Mellon Scholar, Wellesley College Center for Research on Women program on integrating women into the humanities, Spring 1983

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend for research in South Carolina, Summer 1982

A.W. Mellon Faculty Development Grant for research in Sierra Leone, 1980 to 1981

Roothbert Fellowship, The Roothbert Fund, 1977 to 1978

Kent Fellowship, The Danforth Foundation, 1975 to 1978

African American Scholars Council Grant for research in Sierra Leone, 1975 to 1976


Dark Continent of Our Bodies: Black Feminism and the Politics of Respectability, Temple University Press, 2001

With Iris Berger. Women in Sub-Saharan Africa: Restoring Women to History. Indiana University Press, 1999. Reprinted in Japanese in 2004

Sierra Leone's Settler Women Traders: Women on the Afro-European Frontier. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, Women and Culture Series. 1987. (Winner of the Letitia Brown Memorial Publication Prize of the Association of Black Women Historians, 1987)


Review of Jackie Ormes: The first African-American Woman Cartoonist by Nancy Goldstein, forthcoming.

“Adelaide Casely Hayford.” “Constance Cummings-John.” and “Race: Overview.” Contributions to Encyclopedia of Women in World History. Oxford University Press, 2007

“The Evidence of Things Not Seen: The Alchemy of Race and Sexuality” in James Baldwin and Toni Morrison: Comparative Critical and Theoretical Essays. Lovalerie King and Lynn Orilla Scott (eds.) Palgrave Macmillan 2006

"Africa on My Mind: Gender, Counter Discourse and African American Nationalism." Journal of Women's History. Vol. 2 No. 1 (Spring 1990). Reprinted in Expanding the Boundaries of Women’s History: Essays on Women in the Third World. Cheryl Johnson-Odim and Margaret Strobel, (eds.), Indiana University Press, 1992; in Words of Fire: An Anthology of African-American Feminist Thought. Beverly Guy-Sheftall, (ed.) The New Press, 1995; and in Is it Nation Time?: Contemporary Essays on Black Power and Black Nationalism. Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., (ed.) The University of Chicago Press, 2002

"Women of Western and Western Central Africa." Restoring Women to History: Teaching Packets for Integrating Women's History into Courses on Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. Cheryl Johnson-Odim and Margaret Strobel (eds.) Organization of American Historians, 1988

"Racisme et sexisme: La confrontation des feministes noires aux formes conjointes de l'oppression." Les Temps Modernes. Vol. 42, no. 485, December 1986

"Women, Work and Ethnicity: The Sierra Leone Case." Women and Work in Africa. Edna Bay (ed.) Westview Press, 1982


“Market Women in Sierra Leone and South Carolina.” The Sierra Leone-Gullah Link Series. Smithsonian Anacostia Museum. June 23, 2011.

“Connecting Diversity and Globalization: Immigration and Access.” The Future of Diversity and Opportunity in Higher Education: A National Forum on Innovation and Collaboration, Rutgers University, December 3-5, 2008.

“Faculty Diversity in the (Post) Obama Era.” Making Excellence Inclusive: Promoting Diversity in Higher Education—a conference organized by a coalition of Higher Education Recruitment Consortia, November 7, 2008.

Beyond Michigan. A summit organized with Professor Susan Sturm of Columbia University. Invited guests included diversity vice provosts from Brown, Columbia, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Penn, and Yale; legal counsels Jonathan Alger, Rutgers University, Anurima Bhargava, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and Sheila O’Rourke, U.C.-Berkeley. June 2008.

“Black Feminist Theory and Black Masculinity.” Invited panelist for the Scholars Network on Masculinity and the Well Being of African American Men. Funded by the Ford Foundation. Duke University, March 15 and 16, 2008.

Plenary Panel Member, Strategies for Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling. Faculty Resource Network National Symposium on Advancing Women and the Underrepresented in the Academy, Johnson C. Smith University, November 16, 2007.

“The Suppression of Slave Trade Memories.” Keynote address at Slavery, Anti-Slavery and the Road to Freedom, conference held by Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. May 2007.

“Teaching and Research at Fourah Bay College before the (Sierra Leonean) Civil War.” Lecture delivered at the Institute of African Studies, FBC, University of Sierra Leone, February 2005

“Liberal Education in a Research University.” Lectured delivered at the Ministry of Education, Freetown, Sierra Leone, February 2005

“Liberal Education and the Contested Meanings of Freedom.” Paper delivered at the Smith College Symposium, “What’s Liberal about the Liberal Arts Today?” May 2002

“Marking Race: Race, Respectability, and Nationalism.” Lecture delivered at Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers University at New Brunswick, October 2001

“Race and Gender in Hiring in American Higher Education.” La Universidad de Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 1999

“Evidence of Things Not Seen: The Alchemy of Race and Sexuality.” Paper presented at Princeton University Conference, Race Matters, May 1994

“Gender, Sexuality and Nationalism.” American Historical Association annual meeting, San Francisco, CA., January 1994
“Who Represents the Race?” University of Oregon at Eugene, October 1992

"Black Feminist Voices." University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, March 1991

"Theories and Societies Structured in Dominance—Black Feminist Interventions." Lecture delivered at Hampshire College as part of the Five Colleges 25th Anniversary Lecture Series, February 1991

"Gender, Counter-Discourse, and Afrocentric Thought." Williams College, February 1990

"Africa on My Mind: Searching for the African Roots of African-American Women." Paper delivered at Clark University conference, Women on the Frontiers of Research: An Interdisciplinary Conference, March 1988

"Black Feminism and the Politics of the Black Family." Williams College, February 1987

"The Dark Continent of Our Bodies: Constructing Race and Womanhood in the 19th Century." University of California at Santa Cruz, February 1987. Also delivered at the National Women Studies Association meetings, June 1987; and Simons Rock at Bard College September 1987

"Race, Gender and Science." Conference organized at Hampshire College with Ann McNeal; participants included Evelynn Hammonds, Venessa Gamble, Darlene Clark Hine, Anne Fausto-Sterling, Rita Arditi and Allan Brandt, January 1987


Learning to play jazz piano

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Stuart Hall Syllabus

Required Texts:

Hazel Carby, Reconstructing Womanhood: The Emergence of the Afro-American Woman Novelist (New York: Oxford University Press, 1989). [N.B.: Buy on-line]

Dennis Dworkin, Cultural Marxism in Postwar Britain: History, the New Left, and the Origins of Cultural Studies (Durham: Duke University Press, 1997).

Paul Gilroy, Against Race: Imagining Political Culture beyond the Color Line (Cambridge, Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2002). [Also sold as Between Camps: Nations, Culture and the Allure of Race.]

Stuart Hall and Paul du Gay, eds., Questions of Cultural Identity (London: Sage Publications, 1996).

David Morley and Kuan-Hsing Chen, eds., Stuart Hall: Critical Dialogues in Cultural Studies (London: Routledge 1996).

Michelle Ann Stephens, Black Empire: The Masculine Global Imaginary of Caribbean Intellectuals in the United States, 1914-1962 (Durham: Duke University Press, 2005).

With the exception of the Carby book, all texts are available at the NYU Bookstore. All other texts are available either on Blackboard [Bb] or as an article in an e-journal through Bobst Library [Bobst e-journal].

Schedule of Readings, Assignments, and Screenings

January 25 Introduction to the course and each other
Screening: Race: The Floating Signifier.

February 1 Context and History
Dworkin, Cultural Marxism in Postwar Britain.
ASSIGNMENT: Response Paper

February 8 Understanding the Crisis
Hall, “The Meaning of New Times,” in Stuart Hall.
Hall, “Cultural Studies and Its Theoretical Legacies,” in Stuart Hall.
Hall, “For Allon White: Metaphors of Transformation,” in Stuart Hall.
Hall, “The West and the Rest: Discourse and Power,” in Modernity: An Introduction to Modern Societies, ed, Stuart Hall et al., (Malden MA: Blackwell Publishing, 1996), 184-227. [Bb]
Hall et al., Policing the Crisis: Mugging, the State, and Law and Order. (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 1978), 3-28. [Bb]
ASSIGNMENT: Thesis Statement

February 15 Feminist interventions
Charlotte Brunsdon, “A Thief in the Night: Stories of Feminism in the 1970s at CCCS,” in Stuart Hall.
Angela McRobbie, “Looking Back at New Times and Its Critics, Stuart Hall.
Angela McRobbie, “The Politics of Feminist Research: Between Talk, Text and Action.” Feminist Review 12 (1982): 46-57. [Bobst e-journal]
Joan Scott, “The Evidence of Experience,” Critical Inquiry 17: 4 (Summer 1991): 773-797. [Bobst e-journal]
Women’s Studies Group, “Relations of Production, Relations of Re-Production,” Eds. Ann Gray et al., CCCS Selected Working Paper Volume 2 (London: Routledge, 2007), 464-433. [ebrary]
Hazel V. Carby, “White Woman Listen! Black Feminism and the Boundaries of Sisterhood,” in Black British Cultural Studies: A Reader, eds. Houston Baker et. al. (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1996), 61-86. [Bb]
ASSIGNMENT: Response Paper

February 22 More on Althusser and Gramsci
Louis Althusser, “Ideology and Ideological State Apparatus: Notes toward an Investigation,” in Lenin and Philosophy and Other Essays, trans. Ben Brewster, (New York: Monthly Review Press, 2001), 85-126 (recommended), 95-120 (required). [Bb]
Antonio Gramsci, Selections from the Prison Notebooks of Antonio Gramsci, eds. and trans. Quentin Hoare and Geoffrey Nowell Smith, (London: ElecBook, 1971), 445-449, 506-507, and 558-563. [ebrary]
Hall, “Race, Articulation, and Societies Structured in Dominance,” in Sociological Theories: Race and Colonialism, ed. Unesco, (Paris: Unesco, 1980), 306-345. [Bb]
Hall, “Reflections on ‘Race, Articulation, and Societies Structured in Dominance,’” in Race Critical Theories: Text and Context, eds. Philomena Essed and David Theo Goldberg, (Malden Ma: Blackwell Publishing, 2002), 449-454. [Bb]
Hall, “Gramsci’s Relevance for the Study of Race and Ethnicity,” in Stuart Hall.
Jennifer Daryl Slack, “The Theory and Method of Articulation in Cultural Studies,” in Stuart Hall.
ASSIGNMENT: Thesis Statement

March 1 Race and New Identities
Hall, “New Ethnicities,” in Stuart Hall.
Hall, “What is This ‘Black’ in Black Popular Culture,” in Stuart Hall.
Hall, “Introduction: Who Needs ‘Identity’?” in Questions of Cultural Identity.
Hall, “Cultural Identity and Cinematic Representation,” Framework 36 (1989): 68-82. [Bobst e-journal]
Hall, “Negotiating Caribbean Identities.” New Left Review 209 (1995), 3-14. [Bobst e-journal]
ASSIGNMENT: Response Paper

March 8 Interrogating Identity
Zygmunt Bauman, “From Pilgrim to Tourist—or a Short History of Identity” in Questions of Cultural Identity.
Homi K. Bhabha, “Culture’s In-Between.” in Questions of Cultural Identity.
Lawrence Grossberg, “Identity and Cultural Studies—Is That all There is?” in Questions of Cultural Identity.
Read any other essay from Questions of Cultural Identity that you feel will enrich our class discussion.
ASSIGNMENT: Thesis Statement

March 15 Spring Break

March 22 The Critics
ASSIGNMENT: Class Presentations on the Critics with outline uploaded to Blackboard before class.

March 29 Race and Gender
Hazel Carby, Reconstructing Womanhood
ASSIGNMENT: Thesis Statement
The last part of the class is designed for students to discuss possible final project topics.

April 5 Race and Gender 2
Michelle Ann Stephens, Black Empire
ASSIGNMENT: Response Paper
The last part of the class is designed for students to discuss possible final project topics.

April 12 The Allure of Race
Paul Gilroy, Against Race
ASSIGNMENT: Thesis Statement
The last part of the class is designed for students to discuss possible final project topics.

April 19 The Critics and the Next Generation
Simon Gikandi, “Race and Cosmopolitanism,” American Literary History 14:3 (Fall 2002): 593-615. [Bobst e-journal]
Tavia Nyong’o, “Racial Kitsch and Black Performance,” The Yale Journal of Criticism 15:2 (Fall 2002): 371-393. [Bobst e-journal]
Nyong’o, “Do You Want Queer Theory (or Do You Want the Truth)? Intersections of Punk and Queer in the 1970s,” Radical History Review 100 (Winter 2008): 102-119. [Bobst e-journal]
Nyong’o, “Punk’d Theory.” Social Text 3-4 (2005): 19-34. [Bobst e-journal]
ASSIGNMENT: Response Paper
All students will present their thesis statements and likely bibliographies to the class.

April 26 Race and Sexuality
Isaac Julien and Kobena Mercer, “De Margin and De Centre,” in Stuart Hall.

May 3 Final Class
All students will present their final projects to the class.
Papers due on Blackboard.

Saturday, January 08, 2011


This semester (Spring 2011), I'm teaching a new graduate seminar on Stuart Hall and people he has influenced. I'd love some feedback on my reading list. Any advice? Thoughts? Additions? Subtractions?

Dworkin, Cultural Marxism in Postwar Britain
Hall et. al., Policing the Crisis
Chen and Morley, Stuart Hall: Critical Dialogues in Cultural Studies
Carby, Reconstructing Womanhood
Stephens, Black Empire
Gilroy, Against Race

We'll also read essays by Hall, Tavia Nyong'o, Kobena Mercer, Isaac Julien, Angela McRobbie, and a few others. I'm particularly interested in critiques of Hall and cultural studies. Any suggestions?