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About Sundiata K Cha-Jua

Thank you for visiting the ScholarWorks website for Sundiata Keita Cha-Jua. I teach in the Departments of African American Studies and History at the University of Illinois. My research interests include African American community formation, Black social movements, theories of race and racial oppression, African American historiography, Historical Materialism, and culturally relevant pedagogy.
I am the President of the National Council for Black Studies.


Present Associate Professor Department of African American Studies and History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

African American Community Formation, African American Historiography, Historical Materialism, Race and Racial Oppression, and Critical Pedagogy

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Honors and Awards

  • Organization of American Historians, OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program, 2010-2013
  • Fellowship, Center for Advanced Study, University of Illinois, 2010-11
  • Co-winner of the 2009 OAH EBSCOhost America: History and Life Award
  • William Bradley Scholar Award, The Counseling Psychology Program at Temple University, 2004
  • Superior Scholarship Award, Illinois State Historical Society, for America’s First Black Town, 2001
  • Nancy Schaenen Endowed Visiting Scholar at the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics, De Pauw University, 2013


  • AFRO 500 Core Problems in African American Studies
  • AFRO 501/History 575 Problems in African American History
  • AFRO 490 Africana Theories
  • AFRO 474/HIST 478, The Black Freedom Movement
  • HIST 281/AFRO 281 Constructing Race in America
  • HIST 276, Afro-American History Since 1877
  • AFRO 101/HIST 174 History of Black America

Articles (7)

Books (2)

Contributions to Books (1)

Blogs, Presentations, and Interviews (6)

Posters, Lectures, Symposia, & Conferences (4)