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Lyle V. Jones Distinguished Professor; Joint appointment in African, African American, and Diaspora Studies
210 Battle Hall
Curriculum Vitae


BA University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1989
PhD University of Michigan, 1995

Research Interests

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 teaches courses in African American history and U.S. history, with particular emphasis on the themes of migration, diaspora, nationalism, and social mobilization. He is currently working on a book tentatively entitled “A President and a People,” which examines the ways African Americans have experienced and interpreted the Obama presidency.

Some Notable Publications

  • An Original Man: The Life and Times of Elijah Muhammad (St. Martin’s Press, 1997; Reprinted by the University of North Carolina Press, 2014)
  • The Price of Liberty: African Americans and the Making of Liberia (University of North Carolina Press, 2004)
  • Troubled Ground: A Tale of Murder, Lynching, and Reckoning in the New South (University of Illinois Press, 2010)
  • Editor, Africa and the African American Imagination (ProQuest and Schomburg Studies of the Black Experience, 2007)