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Stephen A. Small

Stephen A. Small

Stephen A. Small


E: small@berkeley.edu
P: 510-423-5088


Stephen Small has taught in the Department of African American Studies since 1994. He earned his Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, (1989); his MS.C in Social Sciences, from the University of Bristol (1983); and his B.A. (honours) in Economics and Sociology from the University of Kent at Canterbury (1979). He was Chair of African American Studies (2004-2007), and Associate-Director of the Institute for International Studies (2009-2011). He is a faculty affiliate of the Center for Race and Gender, the Center for African Studies, the Center for Latin American Studies and the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues (all at UC, Berkeley). He previously taught in the Center for Research in Ethnic Relations at the University of Warwick (1991); in the Department of Sociology at the University of Leicester (1992-1995); and in the Department of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1988-1992).  He was Study Center Director of the University of California’s Education Abroad Program in Spain (2013-2015); and in France, (2002-2004); and he was Director of UC, Berkeley’s travel study program in Brazil (Salvador and Rio de Janeiro) (2001-2005); in Zimbabwe (1996). He is currently a faculty member of the Black Europe Summer School in Amsterdam (since 2008); and the Decolonizing Knowledge and Power Institute in Barcelona (since 2013).

His teaching focuses primarily on 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 compares the structure and institutional circumstances of African Americans, with Black people elsewhere in the African Diaspora, especially in Europe, the Caribbean and South America (especially Brazil). His undergraduate courses include Race, Class and Gender in African American Communities, Globalization and Minority American Communities, Social and Political Thought in the African Diaspora, 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. Axes of stratification shaped by gender, gender/race intersections and by class and nation, are central to his work. The two disciplines upon which he draws most heavily are Sociology and History. He has two 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, Spain and Brazil. 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’ (publication, 2019). He is currently co-writing a book (with Dr. Kwame Nimako) on Public History, Museums and Slavery in England and the Netherlands.

The second are of research is on racialized formations and the African diaspora in Europe, 2ith an emphasis on issues of political economy. He examines citizenship and migration, racism and assimilation, as well as racialized ideologies, institutional inequality and discrimination. And central to his research is the documentation of community organization, resistance and resilience, in individual nations, as well as patterns across nations.

Recent publications

“Theorizing visibility and vulnerability in Black Europe and the African Diaspora”, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Vol. 41, No. 6, 2018, pp. 1-16; “Social Mobilization and Public History of Slavery in the United States”, in Eurocentrism, Racism and Knowledge. Debates on History and Power in Europe and the Americas, Marta Araújo and Silvia Rodríguez Maeso (Editors), 2015, pp. 229-246; “Conclusions” in Migrations Subsahariennes et Condition Noire en Belgique (Subsaharan Migrations and the Black Condition in Belgium) edited by Jacinthe Mazzocchetti, 2014, pp. 483-498); “Still Back of the Big House: Slave Cabins and Slavery in Southern Heritage Tourism” Journal of Tourism Geographies, September, 2012.

He is co-editor of Global Mixed Race (with Rebecca C. King-O’Rian; Minelle Mahtani, Miri Song and Paul Spickard, New York University Press, New York, 2014; and co-editor of New Perspectives on Slavery and Colonialism in the Caribbean, (with Marten Schalkwijk, University of Suriname), Amrit Publishers, The Hague, February, 2012. He is also co-editor of Black Europe and the African Diaspora (co-edited with Darlene Clark Hine and Trica Danielle Keaton) (2009),

Professor Small’s new book – 20 Questions and Answers on Black Europe – has just been published (January, 2018).
Author Event: Stephen Small, PhD, Prof. of African American Studies, UC Berkeley
Title: 20 Questions & Answers About Black Europe. Amrit Publishers
Date/Time: Thursday February 8, 2018. 5:30pm-7:30pm.
Location: Ethnic Studies Library, 30 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley
Free event: Click here for tickets and information.

His next book is tentatively entitled: “Inside the Shadows of the Big House: 21st Century Antebellum Slave Cabins and Heritage Tourism in Louisiana”, to be published in 2019.