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Department Chair and Lyle V. Jones Distinguished Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies, with joint appointment in the Department of History


B.A., Afro-American Studies and Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Ph.D., History, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Teaching and Research Interests:

African American history and politics, migrations & diasporas, nationalism, and social movements

Current Research:

Claude Clegg’s work focuses on the African diaspora of the Atlantic world, exploring the ways in which people of African descent have created and imagined communities and identities outside Africa. He is the author of four books, including An Original Man: The Life and Times of Elijah Muhammad (1997; reprinted 2014), The Price of Liberty: African Americans and the Making of Liberia (2004), Troubled Ground: A Tale of Murder, Lynching, and Reckoning in the New South (2010), and The Black President: Hope and Fury in the Age of Obama (2021). He is currently writing a biography of Marcus Garvey. 919-962-2347