Samir Meghelli

Assistant Professor of African American Studies
Center for African Studies
Center for Global Studies
Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
European Union Center

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    1201 West Nevada Street
    Urbana, IL 61801
  • Telephone: (217) 333-7781
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Samir Meghelli is an Assistant Professor in the Department of African American Studies and the Department of French at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He received his B.A. (magna cum laude) from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in History from Columbia University.  He is co-author (with James G. Spady and H. Samy Alim) of The Global Cipha: Hip Hop Culture and Consciousness (2006), co-editor of New Perspectives on the History of Marcus Garvey, the U.N.I.A., and the African Diaspora (2011), and his writings have appeared in The New York Times, Black Arts Quarterly, and The Western Journal of Black Studies, among other places. He is currently at work on two books: Between New York and Paris: A Transatlantic History of Race, Democracy, and Hip Hop; as well as, Harlem, Paris, and Algiers: African Americans and Algerians in Search of Freedom.

Meghelli was previously a Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Visiting Scholar at Northeastern University (Boston, MA), and a Visiting Scholar at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po; Paris, France). He has served as a consultant for documentary film and historical exhibitions, and has organized numerous public history projects.

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