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Dr. James L. Conyers

james conyers

Director, African American Studies Program

Director, Center for the Study of African American Culture Coordinator, International Summer Study Abroad to the University of Ghana, University of Science and Technology, and the University of Cape Coast

Phone: (713) 743-2813


Office: 632 Agnes ArnoldHall

  • B.A., Ramapo College of NJ, Communication Arts, 1983

  • M.A., University of Albany, Africana Studies, 1984

  • Cornell University, (Studied Kiswahili) 1991.

  • Ph.D., Temple University, African American Studies, 1992.

  • Columbia University, Oral History Institute, Summer 1995.

  • Archival and Oral History Research, University of Ghana, University of Science and Technology, and the University of Cape Coast, 2003-2006.


  • Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Department of African American Studies, Chiekh Anta Diop Award for Research and Publication in the discipline of African American Studies, October 6, 2001.

  • University of Nebraska at Omaha, University Teaching Excellence Award, Spring 1999.

  • Pennsylvania State University, Institute of Arts and Humanistic Studies, Summer Visiting Fellow, 1997.

  • Community College Humanities Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, Case Western Reserve University, June 1994.

  • New York University Faculty Resource Program Summer Institute, Representation of the African American South, 1993.

  • Rutgers University, The New Jersey Project for 1993 Residential Summer Institute, Rutgers University, 1993.

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers, University of Kansas, 1992.

  • National Council of Black Studies Summer Institute, The Ohio State University, 1991.

  • Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, Awarded scholarship to study Kiswahili Summer 1990 (declined).

  • National Council of Black Studies Administrative Workshops, Los Angeles, California, July 198

Selected Publications

  • John W. Ravage, Black Pioneers: Images of the Black Experience on the North American Frontier, Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1998. (Foreword-invited by University of Utah Press).

  • Dr. Bing P. Howell, The Ideology of Racism: From Slavery, to Plessy, to Affirmative Action, to Racial Healing, Let=s Talk, New York: Simon and Schuster Publishing, 1998. (Jacket-Brochure Commentary- invited).

  • Alonzo Smith and Bertha Calloway, Visions of Freedom on the Great Plains, Virginia Beach, VA: Donning Company Publishers, 1998. (Foreword--invited).

  • Jerome H. Schiele, The Afrocentric Paradigm in Social Work, Binghamton, New York: The Haworth Press, (invited to write a jacket commentary).

Research Interests

  • The Evolution of African American Studies. Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, 1995.

  • Qualitative Methods in Black Studies Research, Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, (in press).

  • African American Culture and Oral History: A Community Study of Lawnside, New Jersey. Trenton, New Jersey: Africa World Press (under contractual agreement).

  • A Turbulent Voyage: Readings in African American Studies, New York, New York: Rowman and Littlefield, (under contractual agreement).

  • African American Sociology, Polity Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom (proposal under review).

Edited Books

  • Editor, Africana Studies: A Review of Social Science Research, serial, September 2007. Law, Culture, and Africana Studies volume 2.

  • Editor, Engines of the Black Power Movement: Essays on Art, Culture, and Islam, Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland Publishers, 2007.

  • Editor, Re-evaluating the Pan Africanism of W.E.B. DuBois and Marcus Garvey: Escapist Fantasy or Relevant Reality. Edwin Mellen Press, 2005.

  • Founding Editor, Africana Studies: A Review of Social Science Research, Inaugural Edition, serial, June 2005. Afrocentric Traditions volume 1.

  • Co-Editor with Julius E. Thompson, Pan Africanism in the Americas: The Life and Times of John Henrik Clarke, Trenton, New Jersey: Africa World Press, June 2004.

  • Editor, Afrocentricity and the Academy: Essays on Theory and Practice. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company Publishers, 2003.

  • Editor, Black Cultures and Race Relations, Chicago: Burnham Publishers, 2002.

  • Guest Editor, International Journal of Africana Studies, Strategic Planning in Africana Studies, Special Edition, 2001, vol. 7, no. 1.

  • Editor, A Structural Analysis of Enslavement in the African Diaspora, Lewistown, New York: Edwin Mellen Press, 2001. Studies in the African Diaspora Vol. 1.


  • University Professor of African American Studies, University of Houston, Houston, TX, August 2002-Present

  • Full Professor of Black Studies, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE, August 2000-2002; Courtesy Professor of History, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Lincoln, NE 1999-2002.

    • Nominated and Appointed to Graduate Faculty, Spring Semester of 1997.

    • Granted Continuous Appointment Effective August 17, 1998.

    • Nominated and Appointed as Graduate Faculty Fellow, August 10, 1999.


  1. National Council of Black Studies (Served on the National Board from 1999-Present)

  2. Irving Louis Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, Board of Trustees, 2000-2007, Rutgers University and Transactions Publications.

  3. Association of Black Sociologists, 2002-Present.

  4. Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, 1988-Present.

  5. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, 1983-Present.