Stephen A. Small

Associate Professor

Stephen Small has taught in the Department of African American Studies since 1994. He received his B.A. (honours) in Economics and Sociology from the University of Kent at Canterbury, his MS.C in Social Sciences, from the University of Bristol (both in the UK), and his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. He taught in the Department of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1988-1992); in the Center for Research in Ethnic Relations at the University of Warwick (1991); and in the Department of Sociology at the University of Leicester (1992-1995). He was Study Center Director of the University of California's Education Abroad Program in France (Bordeaux and Toulouse), 2002-2004; and he was Director of UC, Berkeley's travel study program in Brazil (Salvador and Rio de Janeiro) from 2001-2005.

The bulk of his teaching is about African Americans in the post Civil Rights period, but he necessarily makes comparisons with earlier periods, and with other racial and ethnic groups in the contemporary period. He frequently finds it useful to analyze the structure and institutional circumstances of African Americans, by making systematic reference to the circumstances of Blacks elsewhere in the Diaspora - especially in the Caribbean, Europe and in South America (especially Brazil). His undergraduate courses include Race, Class and Gender in African American Communities, Black Families in the USA, Globalization and Minority American Communities, and Theories of Race and Ethnicity. He also teaches Qualitative Research Methods for African American Studies. Graduate courses include Inter-Disciplinary Research Methods, Theories of Race and Ethnic Relations and Comparative International Race and Ethnic Relations.


Stephen Small's research is organized around the social scientific analysis of contemporary racial formations, and addresses links between historical structures and contemporary manifestations of racial formations in the United States and elsewhere in the African Diaspora. The two disciplines upon which he draws most heavily are Sociology and History. He has three active programs of research. The first is on race and representations in public history and collective memory, in which he explores how colonialism, slavery and their legacies are represented and interpreted in museums, memorials and monuments in the 21st century. He has undertaken research in the US South, England, the Netherlands and Brazil. His ongoing field research in the US South concerns the distribution, role and treatment of the several hundred slave cabins that constitute part of the tourist infrastructure of the New South in the 21st century. He has recently completed a book manuscript tentatively entitled ‘Inside the Shadows of the Big House: 21st century antebellum slave cabins and heritage tourism in Louisiana’. He is conducting research for a second book on the unique and distinctive nature of slave cabins in heritage tourism across Louisiana as a whole. And he is co-writing a book (with Dr. Kwame Nimako) on Public History, Museums and Slavery in England and the Netherlands.

The second is on racial formations in Europe and the United States, which explores migration, institutional inequality and discrimination, community organization and community resistance, both within individual nations, as well as patterns across these nations.
The third area is race and race mixture (so-called 'miscegenation') in the United States and the Caribbean under slavery, and in the contemporary United States. He explores institutional experiences, material resources and ideological articulations of race mixture at different historical moments. He is co-editor of a forthcoming book entitled Global Mixed Race, with Rebecca Chioko King O’Riain, Minelle Mahtani, Miri Song and Paul Spickard (forthcoming, New York University Press, 2014).


Recent articles include: “Still Back of the Big House: Slave Cabins and Slavery in Southern Heritage Tourism” Journal of Tourism Geographies, forthcoming, September, 2012; “Multiple Methods in Research on 21st Century Plantation Museums and Slave Cabins in the South” in John H. Stanfield, II, Rethinking Race and Ethnicity in Research Methods, Left Coast Press, Walnut Creek, California, 2011, pp. 169-189; “Slavery, Colonialism and the Transformation of Museum Representations in Great Britain: Old and New Circuits of Migration” in Human Architecture; Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge, IX, 4, Fall, 2011, pp. 27-38, and “Collective Memory of Slavery in Great Britain and The Netherlands”, co-written with Kwame Nimako in Marten Schalkwijk and Stephen Small (editors) New Perspectives on Slavery and Colonialism in the Caribbean, Amrit Publishers, The  Hague, 2012, pp. 92-115.  His most recent book (published Spring, 2012) is New Perspectives on Slavery and Colonialism in the Caribbean, (co-edited with Marten Schalkwijk, University of Suriname), Amrit Publishers, The Hague, February, 2012; and he also published Black Europe and the African Diaspora (co-edited with Darlene Clark Hine and Trica Danielle Keaton) (2009), Living History: The Legacy of Slavery in the Netherlands, Amrit/NINsee Publishers, The Hague, 2012

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