Faculty Research

The current research and published works of the Department’s primary and joint faculty reflect the rich interdisciplinary methodologies, theoretical paradigms, and critical issues that have defined and continue to reshape the field of African American Studies.  Collectively, our scholars have: produced top-tier publications–books, journals, and edited collections; presented ground-breaking and field-changing research at major conferences, meetings, and colloquia; and served as leaders, in a variety of capacities, within the field (and related ones, too).  As the individual faculty profiles further reveal, our scholars are currently engaged in research projects that are examining the most pressing questions in African American Studies, and their forthcoming works will have lasting impacts on the field.  To engage the broader community, the Department of African American Studies frequently hosts symposia, which are open to the Georgetown and Greater Washington, DC communities, and engages broader questions in African American Studies and society.



AfAm Theatrical 2

The African American Theatrical Body: Reception, Performance, and the Stage

Soyica Diggs Colbert

Born to Use 2

Born to Use Mics: Reading Nas’s Illmatic

Edited by Michael Eric Dyson and Sohail Daulatzai

May not get there

I May Not Get There With You: The True Martin Luther King, Jr

Michael Eric Dyson

Is Bill Cosby Right

Is Bill Cosby Right?: Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?

Michael Eric Dyson

Let This Voice 2

Let This Voice Be Heard: Anthony Benezet, Father of Atlantic Abolitionism

Maurice Jackson

The Psychic Hold of Slavery: Legacies in American Expressive Culture

Edited by Soyica Diggs Colbert, Robert J. Patterson, and Aida Levy-Hussen

AfAm Women Lit 2

The Cambridge Companion to African American Women’s Literature

Edited by Angelyn Mitchell and Danille K. Taylor

Freedom to Remember

The Freedom to Remember: Narrative, Slavery, and Gender in Contemporary Black Women’s Fiction

Angelyn Mitchell

Within the Circle

Within the Circle: An Anthology of African American Literary Criticism from the Harlem Renaissance to the Present

Edited by Angelyn Mitchell

Exodus Politics 2

Exodus Politics: Civil Rights and Leadership in African American Literature and Culture 

Robert J. Patterson

South Side Girls: Growing Up in the Great Migration

Marcia Chatelain

The Black PresidencyBarack Obama and the Politics of Race in America

Michael Eric Dyson


Difficult Diasporas: The Transnational Feminist Aesthetic of the Black Atlantic

Samantha Pinto

Subprime Health 

Subprime Health: Debt and Race in U.S. Medicine

Edited by Leslie R. Hinkson and Nadine Ehlers



AfAm Review

Introduction: On Black Performance

African American Review: Special Issue “On Black Performance” 45.3 (2012).

Soyica Diggs Colbert, Issue Editor

SAQ Patterson

Black Literature, Black Leadership: New Boundaries, New Borders

South Atlantic Quarterly 112.2 (2013).

Robert J. Patterson and Erica R. Edwards, Issue Editors