Russell Rickford, Cornell University

Assistant Professor Ithaca, New York rickford@cornell.edu Office: (607) 255-4752

Bio/Research

Russell Rickford specializes in the black radical tradition and black political culture after WWII. His interests include intellectual history, labor history, postcolonial studies and the history of education. He teaches courses in American social and political history and the history of 20th cen...

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Bio/Research

Russell Rickford specializes in the black radical tradition and black political culture after WWII. His interests include intellectual history, labor history, postcolonial studies and the history of education. He teaches courses in American social and political history and the history of 20th century social movements. He is committed to exposing students to the value of social class and political economy as categories of analysis. He is dedicated to helping young people think independently and critically about the political discourses and ideologies that shape our lives and configure power relations.We Are an African People: Independent Education, Black Power, and the Radical Imagination--his intellectual history of Pan Africanist schools from the 1960s to the present--was released by Oxford University Press in January 2016. He is currently working on a book about Guyana and radical African-American politics in the 1970s. He is the editor of Beyond Boundaries: The Manning Marable Reader. A native of Guyana, Rickford completed his doctorate at Columbia University in 2009. He holds a Master's in African-American Studies from Columbia and a Bachelor's from Howard University. He is the author of Betty Shabazz: Surviving Malcolm X, the only major biography of Malcolm's late widow. He is the co-author, along with his father, Stanford University linguist John Rickford, of Spoken Soul: The Story of Black English.

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