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James T. Campbell

Professor of Africana Studies and American Studies

James T. Campbell (Ph.D. Stanford University, 1989; B.A. Yale University, 1980) is an associate professor of American Civilization, Africana Studies and History. His research focuses on African American history and on the wider history of the Black Atlantic. Campbell is currently working on two books, a study of the role of Africa in the life and thought of the pioneering pan-African scholar and activist, W.E.B. Du Bois, and a history of the "Americanization" of South Africa. He has also been involved with a range of public history and curricular projects, including projects focusing on race and the American Revolution, the history of the Rhode Island Slave Trade, and the Civil Rights Movement. Most recently he has collaborated with Susan Smulyan of Brown's Department of American Civilization and Ernie Limbo of Tougaloo College in creating "Freedom Now!", a website exploring the history of the Mississippi Freedom Movement.

Selected Honors and Awards:

  • Fellow, Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, Stanford University, 2003-2004
  • Fellow, Charles Warren Center for American History, Harvard University, 2000-2001
  • Organization of American Historians' Frederick Jackson Turner Prize for Songs of Zion: The A.M.E. Church in the United States and South Africa, 1996
  • Carl Sandburg Literary Award for Non-Fiction for Songs of Zion, 1996
  • Faculty honor roll for teaching, Northwestern University 1995-1996
  • Fulbright African Regional Research Fellowship, 1992-1993
  • Social Science Research Council Fellowship (declined), 1992-1993
  • National Endowment for the Humanities summer stipend, 1992

Selected Publications:


  • Middle Passages: African American Journeys to Africa, 1787-2005 (New York: Penguin Press, 2006).
  • Songs of Zion: The African Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States and South Africa (0xford University Press, 1995).


  • "Francis Ouimet at Country Club," in Randy Roberts (ed.), The Rock, the Curse, and the Hub: A Random History of Boston Sports (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2005).
  • "A Century of Service: Reflections on the Life of Josephus R. Coan," A.M.E. Church Review CXIX, 392 (Oct.-Dec., 2003), pp. 57-61.
  • Review of Clement N. Mkwanazi, The History and Expansion of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Central Africa, in A.M.E. Church Review CXIX, 392 (Winter 2003/2004), pp. 147-148.
  • "Beyond the Pale: Jewish Immigrants and the South African Left," in Milton Shain and Richard Mendelsohn (eds.), Memories, Realities and Dreams: Studies in South African Jewish Experience (Johannesburg: Jonathan Ball, 2002), pp. 96-162.
  • "The A.M.E. Church and the South African State," in Holger Bernt Hansen and Michael Twaddle (eds.), Christian Missionaries and the State in the Third World (Athens, Ohio University Press, 2002), pp. 224-236.
  • "Philanthropy, Race, and the Renaturalization of Difference," Journal of Blacks in Higher Education 38 (Winter, 2002/2003), pp. 126-130.
  • "Habits of Mind," Dissent, Summer, 2002, pp. 90-94.
  • "Redeeming the Race: Martin Delany and the Niger Valley Exploring Party, 1859-60," New Formations 45 (Winter 2001/2002), pp. 125-149.
  • "Discriminating Rage," Dissent, Winter, 2001, pp. 118-123.
  • "The Americanization of South Africa," in Elaine Tyler May and Reinhold Wagnleitner (eds.), Here, There and Everywhere: The Foreign Politics of American Popular Culture (Hanover: University Press of New England, 2000), pp. 34-63. (Reprinted in Andrew Offenburger, Scott Rosenberg, and Christopher Saunders (eds.), Safundi: A South African and American Comparative Reader (Phoenix: Safundi, 2002).)
  • "Print the Legend: John Wayne and Postwar American Culture," Reviews in American History 28,3 (2000), pp. 465-477.
  • Review of David Chidester, Savage Systems: Colonialism and Comparative Religion in Southern Africa, in Journal of Southern African Studies 25,3 (1999), pp. 523-526.
  • Review of Sylvia R. Frey and Betty Wood, Come Shouting to Zion: African American Protestantism in the American South and British Caribbean to 1830, in Journal of American History 86,2 (1999), pp. 763-764.
  • "Models and Metaphors: Industrial Education in the United States and South Africa," in Ran Greenstein (ed.), Comparative Perspectives on South Africa (New York: Macmillan, 1998), pp. 90-134.
  • "Romantic Revolutionaries: David Ivon Jones, S.P. Bunting and the Origins of Non-racial Politics in South Africa, Journal of African History 39,2 (1998), pp. 181-194.
  • "Life and Legacy of a South African Communist," Transformations 37 (1998), pp. 84-100.
  • "The Power of the Word," African Affairs 97,1 (1998), pp. 121-126.
  • "What is Africa to Me?" Dissent, Winter, 1998, pp. 134-139.

Courses Taught

  • African American History, 1876 to the present
  • Graduate Seminar in African American History
  • Life and Legacy of W.E.B. Du Bois
  • Slavery and Justice Group Research Project
  • The Civil Rights Movement: History and Legacy
  • The Harlem Renaissance
  • The Search for Black Identity in America
  • The West in the American Imagination