Robin D. G. Kelley

Robin D. G. Kelley

Robin D. G. Kelley is the Gary B. Nash Professor of American History at the University of California, Los Angeles. His books include the prizewinning Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original (2009); Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists during the Great Depression (1990); Race Rebels: Culture Politics and the Black Working Class (1994); Yo’ Mama’s DisFunktional!: Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America (1997), which was selected one of the top ten books of the year by the Village Voice; and Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination (2002). He is a coauthor of Three Strikes: Miners, Musicians, Salesgirls, and the Fighting Spirit of Labor’s Last Century (2001) and a coeditor of Black, Brown, and Beige: Surrealist Writings from Africa and the Diaspora (2009), recipient of an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation; and To Make Our World Anew: A History of African Americans (2005). His most recent book is Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times (2012).

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  • "A Female Candide": U.S. Empire, Racial Cartographies, and the Education of Grace Halsell, 1952–1986
  • Crimes of Liberty: Race, War, and the Unfinished Business of Abolition
  • The Long Rise and Short Decline of American Democracy


Mike Brown's Body: A Meditation on War, Race, & Democracy

This lecture was presented at the University of Kansas, sponsored by the Hall Center for the Humanities, in April 2016. Recorded and produced by Mark Crabtree.

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