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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African American Coping in the Political Sphere

Explores the influence coping has had on African Americans' political attitudes and behaviors.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Race Still Matters

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Devolution and Black State Legislators

Comprehensive study of the state of black state legislative politics.