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Clarence Lang

Dr. Clarence Lang
Professor of African and African-American Studies
Chair of the African and African-American Studies Department
Primary office:
785-864-3054
900 Sunnyside Ave


The Director provides leadership in the humanities at the University of Kansas. The Director develops and supports broadly conceived interdisciplinary activities that benefit humanists both inside and outside the university, maintains contact with state and national humanities programs and foundations, actively promotes external funding from both public and private sources, and furthers the exchange of ideas in the humanities in a variety of settings. The Director fosters quality public programs that engage the citizens of Kansas and the region in the national conversation about the humanities. The Director mentors junior faculty and resident scholars and represents the Hall Center and humanities research at the Provost's Council and other entities on campus. The Director serves as chief executive officer of the Hall Center and is the liaison between the humanities faculty and the KU Center for Research, Inc.

Dr. Lang’s main research and teaching areas are African American working-class and labor history, the Black Freedom Movement, and black urban communities in the twentieth-century Midwest.  He is the author of Grassroots at the Gateway: Class Politics and Black Freedom Struggle in St. Louis, 1936-75 (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2009), and co-editor with Robbie Lieberman of Anticommunism and the African American Freedom Movement: “Another Side of the Story” (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).  He has published articles and reviews in academic and popular venues including The Journal of African American History, Journal of Urban History, Journal of Social History, The Black Scholar, New Politics, Against the Current, Race & Society, and The Chronicle Review.


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