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African Diaspora, Atlantic Studies

This group explores the role of African and African-descended peoples in shaping global (and particularly Atlantic) histories.  Central to such a project is the study of slavery and colonization and their variegated legacies on both sides of the Atlantic.  Members of our group are also concerned with the relationship between race and nation in the Americas, as well as broader questions of the constitution, mediation, and interaction of black subjectivities across the globe.  We focus on historical processes, such as labor migrations, anticolonial movements, and circuits of intellectual and cultural production that highlight the connections among local, national, and transnational contexts.  In all these pursuits, we maintain abiding interest in often closely linked questions of citizenship, rights consciousness, race, gender, sexuality, and culture.

Jay Cook
Professor of History & Director of Research, UM Inclusive History Project
1759 Haven Hall
Matthew Countryman
Associate Professor of History, American Culture
On Leave 2023-2024
Carina Ray
A.M. and H.P. Bentley Chair in African History and Associate Professor of History
2719 Haven Hall
Rebecca Scott
Charles Gibson Distinguished University Professor of History and Professor of Law
1749 Haven Hall 734.763.4779
LaKisha Michelle Simmons
Associate Professor of History & Women's and Gender Studies Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Chair, Women's and Gender Studies
Lane Hall
Kira Thurman
Associate Professor of History
Associate Professor of German Studies
Associate Professor of Musicology (School of Music, Theatre, and Dance)
1658 Haven