Walter C. Rucker

Professor of History

Vice Chair for Graduate Education

Ph.D., California, Riverside, 1999

B.A., Morehouse College, 1992

At Rutgers since 2014

114 Van Dyck Hall
848-932-8355
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RESEARCH INTERESTS

A specialist in early Atlantic African diaspora and African American history, my research focuses on the generative nexus between slave resistance and culture in the early-modern Western Hemisphere. My first book, The River Flows On: Black Resistance, Culture, and Identity Formation in Early America (2005), tracks diasporic African identity formation through examinations of resistance efforts in colonial British North America and the antebellum U.S. My second book, Gold Coast Diasporas: Identity, Culture, and Power (2015), analyzes the origin and reinvention of “Coromantee” and “(A)mina” as neo-African ethnicities in the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century circum-Caribbean. The book assesses the socio-political scripts, cultural technologies, and public performances fashioned by enslaved Gold Coast Africans as part of an emerging and non-Western abolitionist discourse.

In addition, I have published a range of book chapters and articles appearing in the Journal of Negro History, the Journal of Black Studies, and Black Scholar as well as two co-edited encyclopedia projects—The Encyclopedia of American Race Riots (2006) and The Encyclopedia of African American History (2010). Before my arrival at Rutgers, I taught at UNC-Chapel Hill, the Ohio State University, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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