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Lyle V. Jones Distinguished Professor; Joint appointment in African, African American, and Diaspora Studies
210 Battle Hall
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BA in African & Afro-American Studies and Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1989
MA in History, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, 1992
PhD in History, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, 1995

Research Interests

Claude Clegg holds a joint appointment in the Department of History and the Department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies. His research and teaching focus on African American history, US and southern history, social movements, and the US presidency. Professor Clegg has been featured in media outlets such as NPR’s “To the Best of Our Knowledge” and C-SPAN's “Cities Tour," and his books have been reviewed in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Journal of American History, and other venues. Professor Clegg recently completed a book on the Obama presidency and is currently writing a biography of Marcus Garvey.

Recent Public Engagements

  • Discussion of Obama Presidency
  • Interview on C-SPAN Cities Tour
  • Interview on C-SPAN Booknotes
  • Some Notable Publications

  • The Black President: Hope and Fury in the Age of Obama (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2021).
  • The Life and Times of Elijah Muhammad (1997; reprint, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina, 2014)
  • The Price of Liberty: African Americans and the Making of Liberia (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004)
  • Troubled Ground: A Tale of Murder, Lynching, and Reckoning in the New South (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2010)
  • Editor. Africa and the African American Imagination (ProQuest and Schomburg Studies of the Black Experience, 2007)
  • Graduate Students

    • This faculty member is not accepting applicants for the 2023-2024 cycle
    • Alexandra Odom

    Courses Taught (as schedule allows)

    For current information about course offerings, click here.

    HIST 244: History of the American Presidency
    AAAD 257: Black Nationalism in the United States
    AAAD 130: Introduction to African American & Diaspora Studies