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Stefan Bradley

Professor and Chair of African American Studies

Los Angeles, CA, UNITED STATES

Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts

Publications

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Biography

My primary research area is recent African American and higher education history. I am interested in the role that youth have played in shaping post-WWII American society. More specifically, I am fascinated with the efforts and abilities of black college students to change not only their scholastic environments but also the communities that surrounded their institutions of higher learning. Amazingly, young people, by way of protests and demands, have been able to influence college curricula as well as the policies of their schools. This interest in the movements of these young people has led me to study black student activism at Ivy League universities. My most recent book, Upending the Ivory Tower: Civil Rights, Black Power and the Ivy League, details the progressive efforts of black people at eight elite universities during the postwar era to not only desegregate campuses but decolonize knowledge. My first book, Harlem vs. Columbia University: Black Student Power in the Late 1960s, deals with black students who risked their educations (and potentially their lives) during the famous controversy that took place at Columbia University in 1968-1969. My co-edited book Alpha Phi Alpha: A Legacy of Greatness, The Demands of Transcendence, covers the creation and evolution of the nation's first black collegiate fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha, which was founded at Cornell University. After the uprisings in Ferguson, Missouri and elsewhere occurred, my work on student/youth activism has been discussed in media outlets such as the Harvard Law Review, New York Times, NPR, C-Span2 BookTV, CNN, Al-Jazeera, MSNBC, BBC, and BET.

Education

University of Missouri

Ph.D., 20th Century United States History

Emphasis: African American Experience

Washington State University

M.A., 20th Century United States History

Emphasis: African American Experience

Gonzaga University

B.A., History

Areas of Expertise

Student and Youth ActivismBlack Freedom MovementTwentieth Century Higher Education

Accomplishments

Saint Louis University African American Male Scholars Initiative Founders Award | professional

Given in recognition of founding the African American Males Scholars (AAMS) Initiative at Saint Louis University

2017-05-02

Sigma Gamma Rho Meritorious Service in Education Award | professional

Given for distinguishable service in the field of education.

2017-04-09

“Friend of Fontbonne” Fontbonne University Leadership Award | professional

Given to recognize friendly service to Fontbonne University.

2016-04-28

Delux Magazine Power 100 Honoree, St. Louis | personal

Given by Delux Magazine to recognize 100 influential community leaders in the St. Louis Metropolitan area.

2015-01-25

Saint Louis University Don Brennan Humanitarian Award | professional

Given to the faculty/staff member who best exhibits the humanitarian characteristics of the late dean Don Brennan.

2015-01-15

Better Family Life (St. Louis, MO) Excellence in Educational Leadership Award | professional

Given in recognition of outstanding leadership in the field of education in the St. Louis Metropolitan area.

2014-11-16

Ernest A. Calloway Teaching Excellence Award | professional

Given for outstanding classroom teaching at Saint Louis University.

2012-05-10

St. Louis American Young Leader Award | personal

Given by the St. Louis American newspaper to St. Louis area community leaders under the age of 40.

2012-03-15

Saint Louis University Black Law Students’ Association BLSA Service Award | professional

Given in recognition of support and service to the Black Law Student Association.

2012-02-23

Last Lecture, Saint Louis University | professional

One faculty member is chosen from Saint Louis University to deliver a lecture as though it were the faculty member's last.

2011-11-14

Faculty Excellence Award, Saint Louis University | professional

Given to faculty members for excellence in classroom teaching, advising, and service.

Phillis Wheatley Book Prize | professional

Given by the North East Black Studies Association for my book, Harlem vs. Columbia University from (2010)

Anna Julia Cooper and CLR James Outstanding Book Award | professional

Given by the National Council of Black Studies for "Upending the Ivory Tower: Civil Rights, Black Power, and the Ivy League"

2019-05-21

Affiliations

  • National Council of Black Studies
  • Association for the Study of African-American Life and History
  • Organization of American Historians
  • American Historical Association
  • History of Education Society

Media Appearances

“White Columbia, Black Harlem”

Columbia Daily Spectator  print

2017-02-15

Quoted in article describing black life at Columbia University in the City of New York

“We Are in the Middle of a Social Movement: College Professors Reflect on ‘Lessons of Ferguson'”

St Louis Public Radio (NPR Network)  radio

2016-08-09

Was interviewed about the campus upheavals occurring at higher education institutions throughout the nation and how the uprising in Ferguson influenced them.

“Ripples from a Protest Past”

The Chronicle of Higher Education  print

2016-04-17

Was interviewed about the links between student protest movements of the past and the uprisings at higher education institutions in the present.

“Black Activism on Campus”

New York Times  print

2016-02-01

Created a timeline of black student activism from 1960 to present.

“New College Controversy”

CBS This Morning  tv

2015-11-13

Was interviewed about the student uprising at the University of Missouri-Columbia (Mizzou).

“Don’t Criticize Black Lives Matter for Provoking Violence; the Civil Rights Movement Did, Too”

Washington Post  print

2015-10-01

Was interviewed about modern perceptions regarding the role of violence in the Black Freedom Movement of the 1960s and Black Lives Matter movement.

“Are We in the Midst of a New Civil Rights Era”

Slate.com  online

2015-08-06

Was interviewed about the rise of Black Lives Matter and whether it is a movement similar to the Civil Rights Movement.

“Street Soldiers,”

Hot97 fm (New York City)  radio

2015-07-12

Was interviewed about the controversy surrounding the Confederate Battle flag and Bree Newsome's demonstration in Charleston, South Carolina.

“Negros têm impressão de que não são iguais a brancos”

O Estado de S. Paolo  print

2014-11-30

Interviewed by Brazilian paper about reaction to Ferguson uprising.

“US-Professor über Proteste in den USA: „Leute taumeln vor Enttäuschung”

Tageszeitung (Germany)  print

2014-11-26

Was interviewed by German newspaper about reactions to the Ferguson uprising.

“Watching Ferguson Burn: What Constitutes Appropriate Rebellion”

Rolling Stone  print

2014-11-25

Was interviewed about reactions to the Ferguson uprising.

“Chris Hayes Show,”

MSNBC  tv

2014-11-24

Was interviewed about reaction to the Ferguson uprising.

“The Roots of the Uprising in Ferguson”

St. Louis American,  print

2014-08-26

Op-Ed piece, discussing the early days of the Ferguson crisis.

Don Lemon Special Report

CNN  tv

2014-08-21

Was interviewed about the Ferguson Uprising.

“US and Canada”

BBC News  radio

2014-08-19

Was interviewed about the uprising in Ferguson.

Courses

Seminar: 20th Century African American History

Undergraduate seminar course covering 20th Century African American History

Seminar: Civil Rights

Undergraduate seminar focusing on the modern Civil Rights Movement, 1945-1975

Historical Methods

Undergraduate course covering the methodology and research techniques used in the field of history.

Black Student Power: The Black Youth Movement in America

Undergraduate course focusing on the methods and implications of African American youth activism and agitation in the United States.

Black Freedom Movement, 1955-1975

Undergraduate course focusing specifically on the Civil Rights and Black Power movements of the Post-WWII era.

Race and Athletics: The Black Athlete in the 20th Century

Undergraduate course covering the experience and influence of African American athletes in the 20th century.

Twentieth Century African American History

Undergraduate course covering the black experience in the 20th century.

Long Civil Rights Movement

Undergraduate course focusing on the campaigns of resistance and rebellion from Reconstruction through the 1980s.

History of the United States since 1865

Undergraduate survey course covering the nation's history since Reconstruction.

Introduction to Honors: Youth Activism in the 20th Century

Undergraduate honors course covering the role of youth agitation and activism in the 20th Century.

Survey of African American History

Undergraduate course covering the experience of black people from the period before the Transatlantic Slave Trade to the Black Power Movement.

Introduction to African American Studies

Undergraduate course that discusses the origins of the field of African American Studies, focusing on its methodologies and theories while also delving into the history and culture of black people.

College Foundations

Undergraduate first-year seminar.

Black Male Identity (Inter-Group Dialogue)

Undergraduate course that employed the methodology of intergroup dialogue to delve into the multiple identities of and challenges to black manhood in the United States.

Dissertation

Graduate course focusing on the creation and production of a doctoral dissertation.

Thesis

Graduate course exploring the creation and production of a Masters thesis.

Readings in African American History

Graduate course featuring classic and contemporary books/articles covering the black experience in the United States.

Readings in American History

Graduate readings course focusing on classic and contemporary books and articles covering 20th century American history.

Advanced Studies in American History

Graduate seminar focusing on Post-WWII American history.

American History Seminar

Graduate level seminar focusing on American history since Reconstruction.

Seminar in Recent American History

Graduate seminar focusing on the history of the United States since WWII.

Articles

“For the Greater Glory of Whom?: A Perspective on OccupySLU” | Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal, Vol. 6, No. 1, 54-58

Stefan M. Bradley

Article discussing the implications of the 2014 occupation of Saint Louis University's campus.

“On Movement Theory, Institutional Activism and Cultural Change: A Conversation between Professors Justin Hansford and Stefan Bradley” | Harvard Journal of African American Policy, 2015-2016 Volume, 21-30

Stefan Bradley and Justin Hansford

An extended conversation between Ferguson activist Justin Hansford and myself about our efforts during the uprising.

“Ferguson, USA: A Scholar’s Unforeseen Connection and Collision with History” | Western Journal of Black Studies, Vol. 39, No. 4, Winter 2015, 273-80

Stefan M. Bradley

Article discussing the Ferguson uprising from an historian's point of view.

“Black Power and the Big Green: Dartmouth College and the Black Freedom Movement in the Postwar Era” | Journal of Civil and Human Rights, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Spring/Summer 2015), 25-55

Stefan M. Bradley

Article delving into the experience of black students at Dartmouth in the Post-WWII era.

“Progenitors of Progress: A Brief History of the Jewels of Alpha Phi Alpha” | Alpha Phi Alpha: A Legacy of Greatness, The Demands of Transcendence, co-edited with Gregory S. Parks (University Press of Kentucky, 2012)

Stefan M. Bradley

Chapter tracing the lives of the founders of the first black intercollegiate fraternity.

“The Southern-Most Ivy: Princeton University from Jim Crow Admissions to Anti-Apartheid Protests,1764-1969” | American Studies, Vol. 51, No. 3/4(Fall/Winter 2010), 109-130

Stefan M. Bradley

Article discussing the black experience at Princeton University from its founding to the 1960s.

“’This is Harlem Heights’”: Black Student Power and the 1968 Columbia University Rebellion” | Journal of Afro-Americans in New York Life and History, Vol. 32, No. 1, January 2008, 99-122

Stefan Bradley

Article covering the relationship between Columbia University and the neighborhood of Harlem in the Post-WWII era.

“Gym Crow Must Go!: Black Student Activism at Columbia University, 1967-1968” | Journal of African American History, Vol. 88, No. 2, Spring 2003, 163-81

Stefan Bradley

Article discussing the experience of black students at Columbia University in the Post-WWII era.

“Defining the Alpha Identity” | Alpha Phi Alpha: A Legacy of Greatness, The Demands of Transcendence (University Press of Kentucky, 2012)

Stefan M. Bradley and co-authors

Chapter analyzing the historical and contemporary identity of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

“The First and the Finest: The Founders of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.” | Black Greek Letter Organizations in the 21st Century: Our Fight Has Just Begun, edited by Greg Parks (University Press of Kentucky)

Stefan Bradley

Chapter discussing the founders of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

“Gym Crow Must Go!: The 1968 Student Rebellion at Columbia University in the City of New York” | We Shall Independent Be: African American Place-Making and the Struggle to Claim Space in the United States, edited by Angel Nieves and Leslie Alexander (University Press of Colorado-Boulder)

Stefan Bradley

Chapter discussing the fight for space between Columbia University and Harlem that culminated in the famous 1968 rebellion.