Randal Maurice Jelks is Professor of American Studies and African and African American Studies. Professor Jelks also holds courtesy appointments in History, Religious Studies, and is the co- Editor of the journal American Studies. Jelks is also one of the founders and editors of http://theblackbottom.com a blog of African American Politics, Culture and Activism in Michigan.
Jelks is a graduate of the University of Michigan (BA in History), McCormick Theological Seminary (Masters of Divinity) and Michigan State University (Ph.D. in History); he is also an ordained clergy person in the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Jelks is an award-winning Professor and scholar. He has published both scholarly and journalistic articles. His research and writing interests are in the areas of American Religious Studies, Religions of the African Diaspora, and Religion in American Social Movements. He is the author of the two award winning books African Americans in the Furniture City: the Civil Rights Struggle in Grand Rapids (The University of Illinois Press, 2006), 2006 State History Award, University and Commercial Press, Historical Society of Michigan and Benjamin Elijah Mays, Schoolmaster of the Movement: A Biography (University of North Carolina Press 2012), winner of the 2013 Lillian Smith Book Award, Southern Regional Council, University of Georgia Libraries and Dekalb County Library/Georgia Center for the Book; 2013 BCALA Literary Award, Black Caucus of the American Library Association; 2013 Departmental Award, Department of African & African-American Studies University of Kansas for Scholarship
- American Religion
- American Social Movements, Civil Rights
- African Studies
- African American Studies
- Religions in the African Diaspora
- African American Religion
- American Religion
- American Social Movements
- Civil Rights Movement
- Religions in the Africa Diaspora
AMS 110: American Identities
AMS 801: Introduction to Graduate Study