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Front row: (L-R) Nancy Sinkoff, Paul Hanebrink, James Delbourgo, Rudy Bell, Paul Israel, Paul G. E. Clemens
2nd: Judith Surkis, Matt Matsuda, Carolyn Brown, Johanna Schoen, Walter Rucker, Marisa Fuentes, Bayo Holsey, Samantha Kelly, Toby C. Jones
3rd: Jackson Lears, Seth Koven, Gail Triner, Ann Fabian, Barbara M. Cooper, Temma Kaplan, Melissa Feinberg
Last: Louis Masur, Jamie Pietruska, Mark Wasserman, David Greenberg, Alastair Bellany, Steven Reinert, Deborah Gray White, Norman Markowitz, John W. Chambers, Virginia Yans, Leah DeVun, Camilla Townsend, Sarolta Takacs, Don Roden


Mia Bay 

Professor of History

Director, Center for Race and Ethnicity

Ph.D., Yale University, 1993

305 Van Dyck Hall

191 College Avenue, 1st Floor

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African-American Intellectual and Cultural History; American Intellectual and Cultural History; African Diaspora



  • 512:378, 379 African-American History I and II
  • 512:103 Development of the US I
  • 512:370 American Thought to 1850
  • 506:401, 402 History Seminars: Black Nationalism, Slavery in America, Research on Black Women


  • Seminar in American and African American History
  • Problems and Directed Readings (PDR) in African American History
  • Problems and Directed Readings (PDR) in American History II (19th Century)
  • Colloquium in Americanl History
  • Colloquium in African American History


  • 2011 Mellon Sawyer Seminar Grant for 2012-2013 Seminar on Race, Space and Place in the Americas (co-P.I. with Ann Fabian) at the Rutgers Center for Race and Ethnicity
  • 2010-2011 Alphonse Fletcher Sr. Fellowship, Fletcher Foundation
  • 2009-2010  National Humanities Center Fellowship


  • “The Ambidexter Philosopher”: Thomas Jefferson in Free Black Thought, 1776-1877” (book manuscript)
  • “Traveling Black: A Social History of Segregated Transportation” (book manuscript)
  • Toward and Intellectual History of Black Women, Coedited with Farah Jasmine Griffin, Martha Jones, and Barbara D. Savage, under review, University of North Carolina Press
  • The Light of Truth: The Writings of Ida B. Wells, Penguin Book2, forthcoming, 2014



  • Freedom on My Mind: A History of African Americans, with Documents. Co-authored with Deborah Gray White and Waldo Martin, Bedford Books, St. Martin’s, 2012.
  • To Tell the Truth Freely: the Life of Ida B. Wells. Hill & Wang, February 2009.
  • The White Image in the Black Mind: African-American Ideas About White People 1830-1925. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Articles and Book Chapters

  • “From the ‘Ladies Car’ to the Colored Car: Black Female Travelers in the Segregated South” in The Culture of Jim Crow: Rethinking the Segregated South, Stephanie Cole and Natalie Ring, eds. Texas A&M Press, 2012.
  • “Love, Sex, Slavery and Sally Hemings,” in Beyond Slavery: Overcoming its Sexual and Religious Legacy edited by Bernadette Brooton, 2011.
  • ““Invisible Tethers: Transportation and Discrimination in the Age of Katrina,” in Katrina’s Imprint: Race and Vulnerability in America, Keith Wailoo, Karen O’Neill and Roland Anglin, eds, Rutgers University Press, 2010.
  • “Looking Backward in Order to Go Forward: Black Women Historians and Black Women’s History” in Telling Histories: Black Women in the Ivory Tower, Deborah Gray White, ed. University of North Carolina, March, 2008.
  • "The Redeemer Race and the Angry Saxon: Race, Gender, and White People in Antebellum Black Ethnology," in African-American Activism before the Civil War: The Freedom Struggle in the Antebellum North, Patrick Rael, Ed. New York: Routledge 2008.  [Reprint from The White Image in the Black Mind]
  • “Antebellum Black Ethnology.” Encyclopedia of Race and Racism, Joseph Hartwell Moore, ed. Macmillan Reference, 2007
  • “In Search of Sally Hemings in the Post-DNA Era,” Reviews in American History, 34:4, December 2006: 407-426.
  • “’See Your Declaration Americans!!’ Abolitionism, Americanism, and the Revolutionary Tradition in Free Black Politics,” in Americanism: New Perspectives on the History of an Ideal, Michel Kazin and Joseph McCartin, eds., University of North Carolina Press, 2006: 25-53
  • “The Historical Origins of Afrocentrism,” AmerikaStudien/American Studies, 45:4 December, 2000
  • “Remembering Racism: Rereading George Fredrickson’s The Black Image in the White Mind,”  Reviews in American History, 27:4, December 1999.
  • "'The World Was Thinking Wrong about Race': The Philadelphia Negro and Nineteenth-Century Science," in W.E.B. Du Bois, Race, and the City . Edited by Michael Katz and Thomas Sugrue. Philadelphia: University Of Pennsylvania Press, 1998.
  • "The Color of Heaven," in Black on White: Black Writers on What it Means to Be White. Edited by David R. Roediger. New York: Schocken Books, 1998.

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