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Associate Professor
213M 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.

Assistant Professor
213L Bailey Hall
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Associate Professor
213M Bailey Hall

Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley

Full Professor, Chair, Department of American Studies
213D Bailey Hall

Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin

Also appointed in African and African-American Studies.

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213N Bailey Hall

Ph.D. Michigan State University

Also appointed in African and African-American Studies.

Joo Ok Kim
Assistant Professor
213K Bailey Hall
Associate 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
Bailey Hall, Room 213J
David Roediger
Foundation Distinguished Professor
213E Bailey Hall
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213G Bailey Hall

Ph.D. University of California, Santa Cruz

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Call for Papers and Sessions

Battleground Midwest
Defining Who and What Matters in the U.S. and Beyond
Mid-America American Studies Association 2016 Conference
March 4-5, 2016

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  • Rachel Schwaller PhD candidate passed her Oral Comps with honors on February 8th
  • Why many black voters aren't flocking to Bernie Sanders (offsite link)
  • News story: "For Black Lives Matter, MLK's Kind of Activism Isn't the Only Way" published in the Christian Science Monitor, which features our own Randal Jelks among the scholars interviewed. Our congratulations and thanks go to Professor Jelks for critically weighing in on the national discussion about Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacies.
  • Steve Marston, PhD candidate published an article in the Fall 2015 issue of Kansas History. “Spectacles of Speed: Masculinity, Modernity and Auto Racing in Kansas, 1909-1918” More info »
  • Rebecca Barrett-Fox has a forthcoming book (University of Kansas Press June 2016), More info »
  • Monique Laney wins prestigious book award, More info »
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