African and African Disapora Studies Department
African and African Disapora Studies Department

Recommended Reading List

Beverly Guy-Sheftall (ed.), Words of Fire: An Anthology of African-American Feminist Thought. New York: 1995. 1-227.

W. E. B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk, originally published in Chicago, 1903.

W. E. B. Du Bois, Darkwater: Voices from Within the Veil, originally published in 1920.

Saidiya Hartman, Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-Making in Nineteenth-Century America. New York: 1997.

Cedric Robinson, Black Marxism: the Making of the Black Radical Tradition. Chapel Hill: [1983] 2000.

Fred Moten, In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition. Minneapolis: 2003.

Paul Gilroy, The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness. London: 1993. 

Saidiya Hartman, Lose Your Mother: a Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route. New York: 2007.

Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks. New York: [1967] 1991. 

Patricia Hill Collins, Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment. London: 1991.

Hortense Spillers, “Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe: An American Grammar Book.” In Black, White, and in Color: Essays on American Literature and Culture. 

Angela Davis, Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday. New York: 1998.

Joy James, Shadowboxing: Representations of Black Feminist Politics. New York: 1999.

M. Jacqui Alexander, Pedagogies of Crossing: Meditations on Feminism, Sexual Politics, Memory, and the Sacred. Durham NC: 2005.

Audre Lorde, Zami, a new Spelling of my Name. Watertown MA: 1982

Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches. Trumansburg NY: 1984.

Assata Shakur, Assata, an Autobiography. Westport, CT: 1987.

Michele Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. New York: 2010.

Angela Davis, The Meaning of Freedom and Other Difficult Dialogues. San Francisco: 2012.

Robin Kelley, Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination. Boston: 2002.

Richard Iton, In Search of the Black Fantastic: Politics and Popular Culture in the Post-Civil Rights Era. Oxford: 2008.

Frank Wilderson, Incognegro: a Memoir of Exile and Apartheid. Cambridge MA: 2008. ____________________, Red, White, and Black: Cinema and the Structure of U.S. Antagonisms. Durham NC: 2010. 

Simone Browne. Dark Matters: On Surveillance of Blackness (Duke, 2015).
Ariane Cruz. The Color of Kink: Black Women, BDSM, and Pornography (NYU, 2016). 

Roderick Ferguson. Aberrations in Black: Towards a Queer of Color Critique (University of Minnesota Press, 2003).

Tanisha Ford. Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul (University of North Carolina Press, 2015).

Ruth Wilson Gilmore. Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis and Opposition in Globalizing California (University of California Press, 2007).

Alexis Pauline Gumbs. Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity (Duke, 2016).
Sowande Mustakeem. Slavery at Sea: Terror, Sex, and Sickness in the Middle Passage (University of Illinois Press, 2016).

AlondraNelson. TheSocialLifeofDNA:Race,Reparations,andReconciliationAftertheGenome (Beacon, 2016).

Ato Quayson. Oxford Street Accra: City Life and the Itineraries of Transnationalism (Duke, 2014).

Rinaldo Walcott. Queer Returns: Essays on Multiculturalism, Diaspora, and Black Studies (Insomniac Press, 2016).


Gloria Wekker. White Innocence: Paradoxes of Colonialism and Race (Duke, 2016).

Michelle Wright. The Physics of Blackness: Beyond the Middle Passage Epistemology (University of Minnesota Press, 2015).

Hershini Bhana Young. Illegible Will: Coercive Spectacles ofLabor in South Africa and the Diaspora (Duke, 2017).