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Courtney Pierre Joseph

Courtney Pierre Joseph, Assistant Professor of History and African-American Studies

Assistant Professor of History and African American Studies


African American History and Culture
Haiti and its Diaspora
Women and Gender Studies
Hip Hop Culture 


PhD in History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
MA in History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
BA in History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with a minor in African American Studies


History 202: African American History, 1500-1865
History 203: African American History, 1865-2016
History 275: Black Diaspora Freedom Struggles
History 300: Theory and Methods
History 317: The History of Black Television
AfAm 110: Intro into African American Studies
AfAm 228: History of Hip Hop
AfAm 305: Women and Gender in Hip Hop

Selected Publications

C. Pierre Joseph. “Being Black and Bicultural: Racial and Ethnic Identity Formation of Haitian Americans in Chicago” in Pan African Spaces: Essays on Black Transnationalism, edited by Msia Kibona Clark, Loy Azalia, and Phiwokuhle Mnyandu. (Lexington Books, Lanham MD: 2019). 

C. Pierre Joseph. “Book Review: A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History by Jeanne Theoharis,” in The Public HistorianVolume 40Number 4November 2018.

C. Cain. “Book Review: The Age of Garvey: How a Jamaican Activist Created a Mass Movement and Changed Global Black Politics by Adam Ewing.” in Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender, and the Black International, Summer 2018.

C. Cain. “Book Review: Battle for Bed-Stuy: The Long War on Poverty in New York City by Michael Woodsworth,” in The Black Scholar: Journal of Black Studies and Research, March 2018.

Selected Conference Presentations

Presenter: “The Sanctity of Stories: Haitians and Religion in Chicago” 2018 The Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science, Loyola University

Presenter: “Haiti and Chicago: A Hidden History” 2018 Black Communities Conference, University of North Carolina

Presenter:  “A Moment of Despair:  Haitians in Chicago, 1957-1985” 2017 University of Texas at San Antonio 10th Annual African American Studies Symposium: Intersectional Black Identities

Presenter: “Duvalierism, the Changing Idea of Haiti and the Formation of the Haitian Diaspora in Chicago, 1957-1985”  2017 
Harvard University Graduate Conference on International History: Migration, Immigration, and Diaspora


Honors and Awards

Most Outstanding Advisor, 2019, Lake Forest College

Bright Institute Fellowship 2018-2020, Knox College

Digital Chicago Fellowship 2018, Lake Forest College