"To Be a poor man is hard,But to be a poor race in a landof dollars is the very bottom of hardship"
-W.E.B Du Bois
African American Studies
Dr. Andrew Rosa
Office: Grise Hall 301
Dr. Andrew Rosa is an historian, whose teaching and research interests are in the areas of African American intellectual and social movement history and African American Studies. His related interests include racial foundations of academic thought, Black radicalism, comparative slavery, Black Atlantic history, communities studies, and transnational social movements. In all of his courses, he enjoys challenging students to think critically and creatively about what it means to be citizens of the world, especially in light of globalization, which has affected human societies differentially and unequally. His courses centralize the experience African Americans while recognizing the diversity and complexity of the experiences of African and African descended populations across the globe. His teaching also brings together themes and topics in 19th and 20th Century U.S. History with African American Studies, Caribbean Studies, and African Studies.
A graduate of the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of African American Studies at the University of Massachusetts in 2006, Rosa briefly taught at Oklahoma State University before arriving to Western Kentucky University. At WKU, Rosa has truly found an intellectual home in African American Studies and the Department of Diversity and Community Studies. Rosa has also been a fellow of the Gilder Lerhmen Institute of American History, an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and a fellow at the Black Metropolis Research Consortium in Chicago. In 2013, he was awarded a fellowship from the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture, a division of the New York Public Library. His work has been published in Race and Class, American Studies, and History of Education Quarterly. Currently, Rosa is writing an intellectual biography on the African American anthropologist St. Clair Drake. Under contract with the University of Georgia Press, Rosa’s book examines Drake’s life history, as a scholar activist, along specific routes of black migrations, settlements, solidarities, and conflicts in the Black Atlantic World. His next major book project will be a comparative study of Black Power movements in the United States and Caribbean.
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