SUNY series in African American Studies

John R. Howard and Robert C. Smith, eds.

This series has offered rigorous and innovative African American studies scholarship for over 25 years. Largely social scientific in methodology, the books in this series have historically been the backbone of African American studies scholarship at SUNY Press, making us a leader in black political science and public policy scholarship.

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Racism and Resistance

Essays providing a multi-disciplinary look at Derrick Bell's thesis of racial realism.

Addiction Recovery and Resilience

Analyzes the tensions and triumphs of a unique, faith-based, addiction recovery organization in a high poverty neighborhood.

More Than Our Pain

Covering rage and grief, as well as joy and fatigue, examines how Black Lives Matter activists, and the artists inspired by them, have mobilized for social justice.

Michael Jackson and the Quandary of a Black Identity

A close examination of the complexity inherent in Michael Jackson's ambiguous racial identity.

America in Denial

Examines how race-neutral programs and policies harm, rather than improve, the lives of blacks in the United States.

From the Bayou to the Bay

The intellectual autobiography of a leading scholar in the field of African American Studies.

Freedom in Laughter

Analyzes the dynamic period in which Dick Gregory and Bill Cosby moved African American professional stand-up comedy from the chitlin’ circuit to the mainstream.

African Americans and the First Amendment

The first detailed examination of African Americans and First Amendment rights, from the colonial era to the present.

The Revolution Will Not Be Theorized

Studies the revolutionary theory of the Black Power Movement in the 1960s through ʼ70s, placing it within the broader social theory of black revolution in the United States since the nineteenth century.

Exiles, Entrepreneurs, and Educators

Compares the political activities of African Americans who settled in Ghana in the 1950s and 1960s with those who settled in the 1980s to the present.

Dimensions of Blackness

A multidimensional approach captures the complexities of African American racial identity.

The Caribbeanization of Black Politics

Examines the continuing ethnic diversification of black America and its impact on black political empowerment.

Ronald W. Walters and the Fight for Black Power, 1969-2010

Combines history and biography to interpret the last half century of black politics in America as represented in the life and work of a pivotal African American public intellectual.

Meaning-Making, Internalized Racism, and African American Identity

Presents research on how variations in African Americans’ racial self-concept affects meaning-making and internalized oppression.

Race Still Matters

Essays debunking the notion that contemporary America is a colorblind society.

The Spike Lee Brand

A rare look at Spike Lee’s creative appropriation of the documentary film genre.

Black Haze, Second Edition

Expanded and revised edition of the first book devoted solely to black fraternity hazing.

Repositioning Race

Examines the progress of and obstacles faced by African Americans in twenty-first-century America.

What Has This Got to Do with the Liberation of Black People?

A compelling intellectual and political study of a leading post–civil rights era African American political theorist and strategist.

Knowledge, Power, and Black Politics

Develops an alternative framework for describing and explaining African American politics and the American political system and applies it to a number of case studies.

John F. Kennedy, Barack Obama, and the Politics of Ethnic Incorporation and Avoidance

Fascinating look at the challenges faced by John F. Kennedy and Barack Obama in their quests to win the presidency.

Conservatism and Racism, and Why in America They Are the Same

Systematically illustrates the inescapable racism of American conservatism.

The Transformation of Plantation Politics

Examines the political and economic changes of recent decades in the Mississippi Delta.

Devolution and Black State Legislators

Comprehensive study of the state of black state legislative politics.

Battered Black Women and Welfare Reform

Examines the consequences of welfare reform for Black women fleeing domestic violence.

Politics in the New South

Documents political advances made by African Americans in the South over the last twenty-five years.

Electoral Politics Is Not Enough

Examines how and why government leaders understand and respond to African Americans and Latinos in northeastern cities with strong political traditions.

Desegregating the City

Multidisciplinary perspectives on segregation in the United States and other developed countries.

Race, Ethnicity, and the Politics of City Redistricting

Nationwide study of the proposal and adoption of minority-opportunity districts at the local level.

Black Haze

The first book solely devoted to the subject of black fraternity hazing.

Black Power in the Suburbs

The first comprehensive study of African American suburban political empowerment.

Foreign Policy and the Black (Inter)national Interest

Examines African American influence on United States foreign policy in the post-Cold War era.

Black Atlantic Politics

Groundbreaking research on Black political participation and urban race relations on both sides of the Atlantic.

Women in Chains

Traces the connection between slavery and the way in which black women fiction writers depict female characters and address gender issues, particularly maternity.

The Color of Freedom

Offers a fresh, distinctive, and compelling analysis of the United States's continuing dilemma of race.

African American Leadership

Written by two of the nation’s preeminent scholars on the topic, this book provides a panoramic overview of black leadership in the United States.

The Shifting Wind

Examines the significant role played by the U. S. Supreme Court in shaping race relations and affecting civil rights in the period between the end of the Civil War and the 1954 Brown decision.

Desegregation in Boston and Buffalo

Examines how citizens and the political leadership of two cities dealt with controversial court orders to end the segregation of public schools.

Beyond the Boundaries

This first book-length study of Jesse Jackson's international activities places his activism abroad in theoretical and historical perspective and shows how it belongs to a tradition of U.S. citizen diplomacy as old as the Republic.

Globalization and Survival in the Black Diaspora

Links the plight of contemporary urban dwellers of African descent across North America, Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America, and sub-Saharan Africa, examines their coping strategies, and advocates social policies sensitive to their cultural and socie

The Civil Rights Act of 1964

Tells the story (in the participants' own words) of how a determined southern filibuster was turned back in the U. S. Senate and the 1964 Civil Rights Act made into law.

We Have No Leaders

This comprehensive study of African American politics since the civil rights era concludes that the black movement has been co-opted, marginalized, and almost wholly incorporated into mainstream institutions.

Racism in the Post-Civil Rights Era

This book convincingly demonstrates that racism continues to exist in contemporary American society twenty-five years after the civil rights revolution.

Race, Class, and Culture

Race is arguably the most profound and enduring cleavage in American society and politics. This book examines the sources and dynamics of the race cleavage in American society through a detailed analysis ...

Race, Place, and Risk

Based on data from some of the larger black communities in the U. S., this book shows the impact of both individual and environmental influences on black homicide. While it primarily addresses black-on-black ...

Harlem Fox, The

This is the biography of J. Raymond Jones, premiere political strategist and first Black leader of Tammany Hall, who served New York City and the Democratic Party from the Harlem Renaissance through the ...

When the Marching Stopped

This book takes the "next step" in the study of the civil rights movement in the United States. To date, the vast majority of books on the civil rights movement have analyzed either the origins and philosophies, ...

Black Presidential Politics in America

This book focuses exclusively on the question of how Blacks have used presidential elections to exercise political influence. Setting forth the argument that Blacks use the electoral system differently ...

Black Political Mobilization, Leadership, Power and Mass Behavior

Black Political Mobilization accounts for the political success of black Americans in the South. Minion Morrison returns to Mississippi, the center of much of the political activism of the 1960s, to analyze ...

Out of the Crucible

This book examines in depth the century-long struggle of Black laborers in the iron and steel industry of western Pennsylvania. In the process it shows how the fate of these Black workers mirrors the ...

Black and Red

Many historians have seen a radical shift in W. E.B. Du Bois' political activities in his later years. Following World War II, the evolution of his political perspective led to his ouster from the National ...

Invisible Politics

With a view that behavioralism has distorted perceptions of black political activity, Hanes Walton, Jr. , here reformulates the assumptions of behavioralism to arrive at a more realistic understanding ...