Shannon King

Shannon King

Associate Professor and Department Chair of History

Department/Affiliation: History
Phone: 330-263-2387
Office Address: 113 Kauke


  • B.A., North Carolina Central University 1996
  • M.A., North Carolina Central University 1998
  • Ph.D., Binghamton University 2006

Courses Taught

  •  Hip Hop Revolution
  •  Intellectual History of Black America
  •  Modern Civil Rights Movement
  •  History of Black America
  •  Social History of African American Woman
  •  Harlem Renaissance and the New Negro Movement
  •  African Americans and the City

Honors and Awards

  •  Anna Julia Cooper/ CLR James Award in Africana Studies, Outstanding Book in Africana Studies, National Council for Black Studies
  •  2015 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title
  •  National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Seminar "Rethinking Black Freedom Studies from the Jim Crow North to the Jim Crow West," Summer 2015
  •  Henry Luce Fund for Distinguished Scholarship, 2012-2013.
  •  Scholars-in-Residence Fellowship, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Fall 2007. Grant awarded by National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship.


  •  Whose Harlem Is This, Anyway?: Community Politics and Grassroots Activism during the New Negro Era (New York University Press, 2015).
  •  "From Politics to Protest and Politics: Civil Rights and Racial Politics in the Post-Civil Rights era" Journal of Urban History 40, no. 2 (January 2014).
  •  "Not Just a World Problem": Segregation, Police Brutality, and New Negro Politics in New York City," in eds. Davarian Baldwin and Minkah Makalani, Escape from New York! 'The Harlem Renaissance' Reconsidered (University of Minnesota Press, 2013).
  •  "Ready to Shoot and Do Shoot": Black Working-Class Self-Defense and Community Politics in Harlem, New York during the 1920s" Journal of Urban History 37: no. 5 (September 2011), 757-74.

Works In Progress

  •  Policing the Crisis: Black Protest and Law and Order in New York City during the Riot Era
  •  Unmaking of the Negro Mecca: The Cultural Politics of the Ghetto
  •  "Jim Crow Policing and Liberal "Law and Order" Politics in New York during the Riot Era"
  •  "Walking in their Shoes: Teaching the Civil Rights Movement through Immersive Classroom Experiences" Understanding and Teaching the Civil Rights Movement (University of Wisconsin Press).
  •  "The Unmaking of the Negro Mecca: Rereading James Weldon Johnson's Black Manhattan" African American Literature in Transition, 1750-2015 (Cambridge University Press).