African American Studies

Natasha Lightfoot

The personal and the professional came together for Natasha Lightfoot in her first book, Troubling Freedom: Antigua and the Aftermath of British Emancipation.

Josef Sorett

Photo by Gabriel Cooney

Josef Sorett studies how religion takes shape outside of the spaces we see as religious and how it informs debates on modern black life.
Sadie and Bessie Delany

Bessie and Sadie, as pictured on the cover of their 1993 book, Having Our Say.

Sadie Delany and her younger sister, Bessie, both earned advanced degrees at Columbia at a time when the University enrolled few students of color and fewer women.
John Reddick

Photo courtesy of Apollo Theater Education Program

John Reddick is one of 18 northern Manhattan residents selected by the University to pursue research projects and develop their skills at Columbia.
National Museum of African American History & Culture

National Museum of African American History & Culture - Photo by Alan Karchmer/NMAAHC

To write the book about the new National Museum of African American History and Culture, Mabel O.

Karl Jacoby Borderland History Columbia Professor
The unusual life story is told in a new book titled "The Strange Career of William Ellis: The Texas Slave Who Became a Mexican Millionaire" by Karl Jacoby, a professor in the history department and the Center for Study of Ethnicity and Race. Ellis “learned how to be what people wanted him to be, and how to be sure that people would see what they want to see."
Aondra Nelson Social Life of DNA Columbia University

Photo by Michael Dames

As a sociologist who studies issues of race, ethnicity and gender, as well as health and science, Alondra Nelson has for years been fascinated by the boom in genetic testing.

Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library has acquired the archive of pioneering ballet dancer, artistic director and choreographer Arthur Mitchell.

Last year, President Lee C. Bollinger asked Pulitzer Prize-winning History Professor Eric Foner to lead a research project on the role of slavery in Columbia’s early history.

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