Category Archives: black studies

From the beginnings of silent films to the talkies we have now, women have played a pivotal role in the development of film whether it be behind the scenes or on the screen. In early theater, women challenged gender roles … Continue reading

Welcome to the University of Illinois Press’s virtual exhibit for the 2021 African American Intellectual History Society! We hope you’ll step inside our virtual booth and browse new books, journal articles, author interviews, and more. Buy 3 books in order … Continue reading

Welcome to the University of Illinois Press’s virtual exhibit for the 2021 Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference! We hope you’ll step inside our virtual booth and browse new books, journal articles, author interviews, and more. If you buy … Continue reading

Welcome to the Press’s 2020 ASALH Virtual Exhibit! Browse our newest Black studies titles, as well as journals that disseminate Black studies scholarship. And use Promo Code ASALH20 to get 50% off all our African American studies titles! Plus, when … Continue reading

September’s free e-book is here! We’re giving away To Turn The Whole World Over: Black Women and Internationalism edited by Keisha N. Blain and Tiffany M. Gill with contributions by Nicole Anae, Keisha N. Blain, Brandon R. Byrd, Stephanie Beck … Continue reading

African American figures and subjects continue to play a central role in the stories and scholarship offered by the Press. A number of recent releases highlight our commitment to publishing books on the African American experience in Chicago. Always the … Continue reading

Stefanie Hunt-Kennedy answers questions about the inspirations, discoveries and takeaways of Between Fitness and Death: Disability and Slavery in the Caribbean. Q: Why did you decide to write this book? I grew up with disabled siblings and a mother who … Continue reading

Florence B. Price was a composer whose career spanned both the Harlem and Chicago Renaissances, and the first African American woman to gain national recognition for her works. This June, we’re delighted to publish Rae Linda Brown’s biography, The Heart … Continue reading

Jasmine Mitchell answers some questions about her new book, Imagining the Mulatta: Blackness in U.S. and Brazilian Media. Q: Why did you decide to write this book? “You look exotic, what are you?” “Where is your family from? I mean … Continue reading

The New Black Studies Series celebrates Black scholarship, featuring fresh, provocative perspectives in Black studies. The series is edited by Darlene Clark Hine and Dwight A. McBride. Senior acquisitions editor Dawn Durante is the acquiring editor. Over fifteen years, the … Continue reading