Randal Maurice Jelks

Professor
Primary office:
785-864-9476
213N Bailey Hall


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

Teaching Interests

  • American Religion
  • American Social Movements, Civil Rights
  • African Studies
  • African American Studies
  • Religions in the African Diaspora

Research Interests

  • African American Religion
  • American Religion
  • American Social Movements
  • Civil Rights Movement
  • Religions in the Africa Diaspora

Current Classes:
AMS 110: American Identities
AMS 801: Introduction to Graduate Study


Upcoming Lectures
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Book Festival 2016
Civil Rights Movement? Think again

Saturday, April 9, 9 a.m.

Astronomy Room (CLA)

 

Featuring: Felipe Hinojosa, Ruben Flores, & Debbie Harwell

Upcoming Events

MEXtasy Events

Thursday, April 28th
Pop-up Exhibition:  11AM - 3PM, Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center
Lunch and Learn 12:00-1:15PM

Exhibition curator William Anthony Nericcio

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Announcements
  • Caleb Moreno
    Lazaro and Imani Wadud were selected to participate in the highly competitive University of North Carolina and Duke University 2016 Summer Institute titled, “Towards a Non-Eurocentric Academia: Border Thinking and Decoloniality from Asia to Africa and from Europe to the Americas” from which articles produced by participants will be part of an edited book published by Duke University Press.
  • Ben Schmack
    Won the Katzman-Yetman Prize for best Graduate Student Paper, Mid America American Studies Association 2016
  • William Adams
    Awarded a Summer fellowship for 2016 from Black Metropolis Research Consortium. The award is to support research activities with primary sources materials available at Black Metropolis Research Consortium members institutions.
  • 'White guilt' video kerfuffle: Should schools teach structural racism?
  • Rachel Schwaller PhD candidate passed her Oral Comps with honors on February 8th
  • 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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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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