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Faculty Publications

Our faculty members are outstanding, engaged scholars, researchers, and artists. They work independently on this campus and in the field, and they collaborate with others in the United States and around the world. We know that significant scholarly and artistic achievement in our faculty translates to the highest level of undergraduate teaching, and that participation in research is one of the most powerful educational experiences we offer our students. The opportunity to carry on active lives of scholarship and artistic work while committing themselves fully to teaching undergraduates - this is what draws so many outstanding people to Bowdoin's faculty. Here is a small selection.

Jim Crow, Literature, and the Legacy of Sutton E. Griggs - Edited by Tess Chakkalakal and Kenneth W. Warren Tess Chakkalakal
Jim Crow, Literature, and the Legacy of Sutton E. Griggs. Edited by Tess Chakkalakal and Kenneth W. Warren. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2013.


Brian Purnell, Fighting Jim Crow in the County of Kings: The Congress of Racial Equality in Brooklyn Brian Purnell
Fighting Jim Crow in the County of Kings: The Congress of Racial Equality in Brooklyn. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 2013.


Invisible Agents: Spirits in a Central African History. Ohio University Press. New African Histories Series. November, 2012. David Gordon
Invisible Agents: Spirits in a Central African History. Ohio University Press. New African Histories Series. November, 2012.


Tess Chakkalakal - Novel Bondage: Slavery, Marriage, and Freedom in Nineteenth-Century America, University of Illinois Press, 2011Tess Chakkalakal
Novel Bondage: Slavery, Marriage, and Freedom in Nineteenth-Century America, University of Illinois Press, 2011


Nigerian Chiefs: Traditional Power in Modern Politics, 1890s - 1990s Olufemi Vaughan
Nigerian Chiefs: Traditional Power in Modern Politics, 1890s - 1990s (Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora) Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2000, pp. v-293. Paper back edition, 2006. Cecil B. Currey Book Prize, Association of Third World Studies, 2001.


Black Power at WorkBrian Purnell
“ ‘Revolution Has Come to Brooklyn:’ The Campaign against Discrimination in the Construction Trades and Growing Militancy in the Northern Black Freedom Movement,” in Black Power at Work (Cornell University Press, 2010)


Tess Chakkalakal Tess Chakkalakal
"Wedded to the Color Line: Charles Chesnutt's Stories of Segregation" in Representing Segregation, Toward an Aesthetics of Living Jim Crow, and Other Forms of Racial Division, SUNY Press 2010


Jennifer Scanlon Bad Girls Go Everywhere:Jennifer Scanlon
Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown, New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.


African American Literature and Queer Studies: The Conundrum of James Baldwin.Mark Foster
"African American Literature and Queer Studies: The Conundrum of James Baldwin." in A Companion to African American Literature. Ed. Gene Andrew Jarett, Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.


David GordonDavid Gordon
Nachituti's Gift: Economy, Society, and Environment in Central Africa. (University of Wisconsin Press, Dec. 2005).


Scott MacEachern KoméScott MacEachern
Komé – Kribi: rescue archaeology along the Chad-Cameroon Oil Pipeline, 1999-2004/ De Komé à Kribi: archéologie preventive le long le oléoduc Tchad-Cameroun, 1999-2004. With Philippe Lavachery, Tchago Bouimon and Christophe Mbida. Journal of African Archaeology Monograph Series Volumes 4 and 5 (separate English and French versions). Africa Magna Verlag, Frankfurt.


African-American Activism before the Civil War: The Freedom Struggle in the Antebellum North Patrick Rael
Editor - African-American Activism before the Civil War: The Freedom Struggle in the Antebellum North (Routledge, 2008)