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

Recommended Reading List for Grad Students

Alexander, M. Jacqui. Pedagogies of Crossing Meditations on Feminism, Sexual Politics, Memory, and the Sacred. Durham, NC: Duke Univ. Press, 2005.
Alexander, Michelle. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. New York: New Press, 2020.
B., Du Bois W. E. The Souls of Black Folk: the Unabridged Classic. New York, NY: Clydesdale, 2019.
Browne, Simone. Dark Matters: on the Surveillance of Blackness. Durham: Duke University Press, 2015.
Collins, Patricia Hill. Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment. New York: Routledge, 2015.
Cruz, Ariane. The Color of Kink: Black Women, BDSM, and Pornography. New York: New York University Press, 2016.
Davis, Angela Y., and Robin D. G. Kelley. The Meaning of Freedom: and Other Difficult Dialogues. San Francisco, CA: City Lights Books, 2012.
Davis, Angela Yvonne. Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday. New York: Vintage, 1999.
DuBois, William Edward Burghardt, Henry Louis. Gates, and Elelyn Brooks. Higginbotham. Darkwater: Voices from within the Veil. Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 2007.
Ferguson, Roderick A. Aberrations in Black: toward a Queer of Color Critique. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2004.
Ford, Tanisha C. Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2015.
Gilmore, Ruth Wilson. Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007.
Gilroy, Paul. The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1993.
Gumbs, Alexis Pauline. Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity. Durham: Duke University Press, 2016.
Guy-Sheftall, Beverly. Words of Fire: an Anthology of African-American Feminist Thought. New York: The New Press, 1996.
Hartman, Saidiya V. Lose Your Mother: a Journey along the Atlantic Slave Route. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008.
Hartman, Saidiya V. Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-Making in Nineteenth-Century America. New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 2010.
Iton, Richard. In Search of the Black Fantastic: Politics and Popular Culture in the Post-Civil Rights Era. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.
James, Joy. Shadowboxing: Representations of Black Feminist Politics. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999.
Julien, Isaac, Jean-Paul Sartre, Stuart Hall, and Verges Franco̧ise. Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask. San Francisco, CA, USA: Kanopy Streaming, 2014.
Kelley, Robin D. G. Freedom Dreams: the Black Radical Imagination. Boston: Beacon, 2002.
Lorde, Audre Geraldine. Zami ; Sister Outsider ; Undersong. New York, NY: Quality Paperback Book Club, 1993.
Lorde, Audre. Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches. Trumansburg, NY: Crossing Press, 1984.
Moten, Fred. In the Break the Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2003.
Mustakeem, Sowande' M. Slavery at Sea: Terror, Sex, and Sickness in the Middle Passage. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2016.
Nelson, Alondra. The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations and Reconciliation after the Genome. Boston: Beacon Press, 2016.
Quayson, Ato. Oxford Street, Accra: City Life and the Itineraries of Transnationalism. Durham: Duke University Press, 2014.
Robinson, Cedric J. Black Marxism: the Making of the Black Radical Tradition. United States: The University of North Carolina Press, 2005.
Shakur, Assata. Assata: an Autobiography. Westport, CT: Lawrence Hill, 2001.
Spillers, Hortense J. “Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe.” Feminisms, 1987, 384–405.
Walcott, Rinaldo. Queer Returns: Essays on Multiculturalism, Diaspora, and Black Studies. London: Insomniac Press, 2016.
Wekker, Gloria. White Innocence: Paradoxes of Colonialism and Race. Durham: Duke University Press, 2016.
Wilderson, Frank B. Incognegro: a Memoir of Exile & Apartheid. Durham: Duke University Press, 2015.
Wilderson, Frank B. Red, White & Black Cinema and the Structure of U.S. Antagonisms. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2010.
Wright, Michelle M. Physics of Blackness: beyond the Middle Passage Epistemology. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2015.
Young, Hershini Bhana. Illegible Will: Coercive Spectacles of Labor in South Africa and the Diaspora. Durham: Duke University Press, 2017.