Department of Ethnic Studies
Faculty and Staff
Thomas EdgeTitle: Instructor
Office: 337 Shatzel Hall
I have been an instructor in the Department of Ethnic Studies at BGSU since August 2011. Prior to coming to Bowling Green, I taught at Northwestern University, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Elms College, and Trinity College. My undergraduate work was completed at Rutgers University in History and Africana Studies; I received my Ph.D. from the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts in 2008. At UMass, my dissertation was a biography of Mordecai Wyatt Johnson, the first Black president of Howard University in Washington, D.C. It focused upon his efforts to run a historically-Black university, largely based on financial support from the government, without sacrificing his independent political voice.
Every time I teach an introductory class in African American Studies, I tell my students that reading The Autobiography of Malcolm X in high school sparked my interest in Black history. Since that time, I have become particularly interested in questions of Black leadership, the long civil rights movement, Black higher education, and the ideas of "post-racial" and "post-civil rights" as applied to our current historical moment. Recently, I have been working on revising my dissertation for future publication, and I am researching racial violence in the "post-racial" age, especially the rise of neo-lynching imagery. Some of my previous work has been published in the Journal of Black Studies, The Black Experience in America (edited by Gayle Tate and Edward Ramsamy), and Barack Obama: Political Frontiers and Racial Agency (edited by Molefi Asante and Ama Mazama).
Outside of school, I am married and have one daughter. I am an avid Philadelphia sports fan and a proud New Jersey native. When I am not grading papers, reading, or writing, I also enjoy genealogy and graveyard photography.
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