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Adriane D. Lentz-Smith, Associate Professor of History and African and African American Studies and Associate Professor of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies

Adriane D. Lentz-Smith

My interests lie in African American history, twentieth-century United States History, and the history of the US & the World.

My 2009 book, Freedom Struggles: African Americans and World War I, looks at the black freedom struggle in the World War I years, with a particular focus on manhood, citizenship, and global encounters. More recently, I have been at work on a book tentatively enttitled, "The Laws Have Hurt Me: African Americans, State Violence, and the Legacies of the Civil Rights Movement." The book looks at dramatic moments of violent encounter between African Americans and the police to explore the role of violence in sustaining and opposing white supremacy in the two decades following the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

I am also interested in how African Americans engaged the world in the age of Cold War civil rights, and how their participation in the project of US state and empire set the horizons of their freedom struggles.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  Dept of History, Carr Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 684-2837
Email Address: send me a message

Teaching (Spring 2017):

  • HOUSECS 59.02, HOUSE COURSE (SP TOP) Synopsis
    Keohane 4D 201 SEM, M 05:30 PM-07:00 PM
  • HISTORY 390S.01, TOPICS IN HISTORY SEMINAR Synopsis
    Perkins 070, Th 03:05 PM-05:35 PM
    (also cross-listed as AAAS 390S.01, GSF 390S.04)
  • HISTORY 702S.01, RESEARCH SEMINAR IN HST Synopsis
    Carr 106, M 10:05 AM-12:35 PM
Teaching (Fall 2017):

  • HISTORY 89S.02, FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR (TOP) Synopsis
    TBA, Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM
  • HISTORY 348.01, CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT Synopsis
    East Duke 204B, TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
    (also cross-listed as AAAS 243.01)
Office Hours:

Thursdays 1 pm - 2:45 pm
Education:

Ph.D.Yale University2005
BAHarvard University1996
Specialties:

African Diaspora
United States and Canada
Race and Ethnicity
Human Rights and Social Movements
Women, Gender and Sexuality
War, Military and Society
Cultural History
Research Interests: United States History, African American History, African Americans and the World

My interests lie in African American history and the history of the US & the World. My 2009 book, Freedom Struggles: African Americans and World War I, looks at the black freedom struggle in the World War I years, with a particular focus on manhood, citizenship claims, and the international experience. My recent research explores how African Americans engaged the world in the age of Cold War civil rights, and how their participation in US state and empire set the horizons of their freedom struggles.

Current Ph.D. Students  

Representative Publications   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. Lentz-Smith, A, Freedom Struggles: African Americans & World War I (2009), Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass [catalog.php]
  2. Lentz-Smith, A, Reid’s Obama Blunder and What it Means, History News Network (January, 2010) [html]


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