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About John H. Bracey

John H. Bracey, Jr. has taught in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst since 1972. His major interests are in African American social history, radical ideologies and movements, and the history of African American Women; more recently his interests have focused on the interactions between Native Americans and African Americans and Afro-Latinos in the United States. He previously taught Afro-American history at Northern Illinois University and at the University of Rochester. During the 1960s, he was active in the Civil Rights, Black Liberation, and other radical Movements in Chicago.


Present Co-Director, Graduate Certificate in African Diaspora Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Present Department Chair and Professor, Department of Afro-American Studies, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • 2013 Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree of Afro-American Studies from 143rd Commencement at College of Wooster in Ohio


  • AfroAm397B:Natie Americans/African Americans
  • Afro691M: Life and Thought of C.L.R. James
  • AfroAm 701: Major Works in Afro-American Studies I

Contact Information

306 New Africa House
180 Infirmary Way
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003
Tel: 413-545-5160