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Associate Professor
213P Bailey Hall

Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin


Jacob Dorman
Associate Professor
3612 Wescoe Hall

Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles

Also appointed in History.

Associate Professor, Undergraduate Director, Assistant Professor
213L Bailey Hall
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Associate Professor
213M Bailey Hall

Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley

Professor, Acting Vice Provost for Diversity and Equity, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and InclusionChair, Department of American Studies
Bailey Hall, Room 211

Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin

Also appointed in African and African-American Studies.

Randal Jelks
213N Bailey Hall

Ph.D. Michigan State University

Also appointed in African and African-American Studies.

Margaret Kelley
Associate Professor, Graduate Director
Bailey Hall, Room 213H

Ph.D. New York University

Assistant Professor
213K Bailey Hall
Professor, Chair, African and African American Studies
11A Bailey Hall

Ph.D. University of Illinois

Also appointed in African and African-American Studies.

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Associate Professor
3068 Wescoe Hall

Ph.D. SUNY - Buffalo

Also appointed in English.

Christopher Perreira
Assistant Professor
213J Bailey Hall
David Roediger
Foundation Distinguished Professor, Department Chair
213E Bailey Hall
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213G Bailey Hall

Ph.D. University of California, Santa Cruz

Hall Distinguished Professor of American Literature & Culture

Ph.D. Union Theological Seminary
Also appointed in English

  • Congratulations to Elizabeth Esch for her promotion to Associate Professor.
  • Congratulations to Ph.D. student William Adams for receiving the Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC) Summer Short-term Fellowship.
  • How a motion-tracking musical software is breaking down barriers for people with disabilities: click here to read more about the Adaptive Use Musical Instrument (AUMI), a one-of-a-kind piece of inclusive technology that promotes musical improvisation. The article recognizes Sherrie Tucker, who started AUMI jam sessions and helped to bring the grant and symposium for it to Lawrence. Written by Omar Sanchez.
  • View the 3/13 Lawrence 497 Board of Education Meeting here. Ruben Flores speaks from 28:00-38:00 and John Rury speaks from 54:00-59:00.
  • Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Hannah Bailey for being awarded the 2017 Graduate Studies Summer Scholarship.
  • Ph.D. candidate, Rachel Schwallerhas been awarded the Hall Center's Sias Fellowship for Spring 2018.  Congratulations, Rachel!
  • KU Special Education Department: With Ray Pence
  • Seizing Freedom: With David Roediger and Peter St. Clair
  • Tribute Or Tribulation? How do we commemorate history? What is the best way to remember a conflicted and painful past? And who gets to decide? Listen here »
  • CLAS names 1st associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion (KU News link)
  • Congratulations to Ph.D. student Marilyn Ortega for being selected as one of the inaugural National Humanities Without Walls Predoctoral Fellows for 2017.
  • Ben Schmack won the Best Ph.D. Paper Award at the 2016 Northern Illinois University History Graduate Student Conference.  Congratulations, Ben!
  • Congratulations to Kathryn Vaggalis who received the Center for Migration Research Graduate Student Grant.
  • Ph.D. student Gamze Kati was one of the winners of the second annual IEHS graduate student blog competition this year.  Congratulations, Gamze!
Upcoming Events
Nichole T. Rustin-Paschal
​"'The Kind of Man I Am': Jazzmasculinity and the World of Charles Mingus"
Thursday, March 2, 2017 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Murphy Hall Room 238

Hall Center Humanities Lecture Series
A forum for interdisciplinary dialogue between renowned speakers, the university and the surrounding communities.
Schedule of Lectures


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