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About Steven C. Tracy

Afro-American Studies professor Steven Tracy is a writer and editor of works about African-American literature and culture, as well as an accomplished blues musician. Steven is known for his comprehensive, highly technical, and thorough analysis of Afro-American writers and musicians.
A member of the Afro-American Studies department since 1995, Steven is the author and editor of more than 30 books about Afro-American history, culture and music, including “Langston Hughes and the Blues” (University of Illinois Press, 1988), “Going to Cincinnati: A History of the Blues in the Queen City” (University of Illinois Press, 1993), winner of Association for Recorded Sound Collections’ award for outstanding volume on blues, jazz, or gospel music, and “A Brush with the Blues” (Rep House, 1997). Steven received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Greater Cincinnati Blues Society in 1996.


Present Professor, Department of Afro-American Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Curriculum Vitae

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  • AfroAm 117 Survey of Afro-American Literature I
  • AfroAm 652 Literature of the Harlem Renaissance
  • AfroAm 701 Major Works in AfroAmerican Studies I

Contact Information

304 New Africa House
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst MA, 01003
Tel: 413-545-3275


Articles (12)

Books (4)

Contributions to Books (30)