Joseph Jordan


Joseph Jordan
Vice Provost for Academic Community and Engagement and Director of the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Joseph Jordan is Director (since 2001) of the Sonja H. Stone Center for Black Culture and History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Adjunct Associate Professor, African/African American and Diaspora Studies. His work focuses on social justice movements in the diaspora, and the cultural politics of race, identity and artistic production in the diaspora, explored through representations in visual and other creative arts.

His selected published work includes: Cabral, Solidarity and the African Diaspora in the Americas (book chapter) in Cabral no Cruzamento de Épocas: Comunicações e Discursos Produzidos no II Simpósio Internacional Amílcar Cabral (2013); Can the Artist Speak? Hamid Kachmar’s Subversive Redemptive Art of Resistance in Bodies of Knowledge: Interviews, African Art, and Scholarly Narratives, Joanna Grabski and Caro l Magee, eds., (Indiana, 2012); and The Call of Revolution: The Anti-Apartheid Movement in the 1970’s (book chapter) in No Easy Victories: African Liberation and American Activists, 1953-2002. ed. by Charles Cobb, Jr., Gail Hovey, and William Minter. (Africa World Press, 2007).

Selected curatorial work includes: Aswarm With the Spirits of All Ages Here: Inconceivable Spaces of Slavery and Freedom: The Work of Toni Scott. 25 January – 30 April 2018; Amiri Baraka: Meetings and Remarkable Journeys; This Story Has Not Yet Been Told: The Art of Tim Okamura; Nina Simone: What More Can I Say; Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America; and 35 others in the last 15 years across the US, Latin America and Africa.

Before coming to UNC he served as Director, The Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, Atlanta and was associate professor and founding chair of African American/African Studies at Antioch College in Ohio, Associate Professor at Xavier University of Louisiana and Assistant Professor, Human Ecology, Howard University. He’s served as Visiting Professor, Instituto Superior de Educação, Cape Verde and Visiting Professor, Universidad Politecnica Argelia Laya, Venezuela; Associate Professor/Founding chair. He was also a Supervisory Senior Research Specialist at the Library of Congress.

He currently serves on the Boards of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD) and the Stagville (NC) State Historic Site Foundation. He is Chair of the Historic Preservation Commission of Durham, NC and a founding Board member and current advisory board member for Our Children’s Place – for the Children of Incarcerated Mothers. He also serves on the Editorial Advisory Boards of The Black Scholar – Journal of Black Studies and Research and of PALARA – Publication of the Afro-Latin American Research Association. 


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