Dr. Ronald William Bailey

Department Head, Professor of African American Studies
Center for African Studies

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Ronald W.Bailey is a1965 graduate of Evans County History School in Claxton, GA, and a 1969 PhiBeta Kappa graduate with a BA in Liberal Arts (Cross-Cultural Studies) fromMichigan State University’s Justin Morrill College.  His undergraduate major included fluency inRussian, and a study/travel program and certificate from Moscow StateUniversity.  He holds an MA in PoliticalScience from Stanford and a Ph.D. in Black Studies from Stanford, the firstsuch degree awarded in the United States in 1980.  He has taught at FiskUniversity, Cornell, Northwestern, theUniversity of Mississippi,and Northeastern University, where he chaired theDepartment of African-American Studies for eight years.  He also served as Vice President for AcademicAffairs at South Carolina State Universityand Knoxville College, and as a senior scientist withthe Education Development Center, Inc.  Heis Distinguished Senior Lecturer in Africana Studies and History at SavannahState University and served as Interim Chair of the Department of PoliticalScience and Public Affairs in 2010-2011.


Bailey’s books include Introduction to Afro-American Studies: A Peoples College Primer (withAbdul Alkalimat), Remembering MedgarEvers . . . For a New Generation, LetUs March On: Civil Rights Photographs of Ernest Withers, Jr., and Black Business Enterprise: Historical andContemporary Perspectives.   Hisarticles have appeared in such journals as Journalof Social Issues, Journal of NegroEducation, Agricultural History, Review of Black Political Economy, BlackScholar, Souls: Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture,and Society, the Journal of African American History.  His book, LowerRoxbury: A Community of Treasures in the City of Boston was awarded acitation by the American Association of State and Local History.  


NSF and NEH grants supported the development of twowebsite projects he initiated: and,respectively.   He was also a co-founder of ACT-Roxbury (Art,Culture, and Trade—Roxbury), an organization that now operates the RoxburyCenter for the Arts @Hibernia Hall, and has consulted on many museum, schoolcurriculum, and technology projects.


Bailey’s ongoing book project is tentatively titled“Those Valuable People, The Africans” which focuses on the slave(ry) trade,cotton, and the industrial revolution in Great Britain and the U.S.  He is also the principal investigator of aprojected funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services to buildcapacity in six African American museums in the Savannah area.  In 2010, he received the first Chairman’sVolunteer of the Year Award from Dr. J.W. Jamerson, III, board chair of theRalph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum.


He is the proud father of four children: Malika, agraduate of the University of Indiana Law School and a Chicago attorney;Robeson, a Xavier physics graduate pursuing an MBA at the Drucker School ofManagement (CA); Marona, a Vanderbilt Psychology and Special Education majorpursuing a PhD in Psychology at the University of Michigan; and Rance, aStanford grad who attends MIT’s graduate program in Urban Planning.

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