Davarian Baldwin

Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of American Studies

Trinity College

Davarian L. Baldwin is a historian, cultural critic, and social theorist of urban America. His work largely examines the landscape of global cities through the lens of the African Diasporic experience. Baldwin’s related interests include intellectual and mass culture, universities and urban development, the racial foundations of academic thought, competing conceptions of modernity, Black radical thought and transnational social movements, and the racial economy of heritage tourism, His teaching brings together urban and cultural studies, 20th Century U.S. History, and African American Studies. Baldwin is the author of Chicago’s New Negroes: Modernity, the Great Migration, and Black Urban Life (UNC, 2007) and co-editor, with Minkah Makalani, of the essay collection Escape From New York! The New Negro Renaissance beyond Harlem (Minnesota, 2013). Baldwin is currently at work on two new single-authored projects, Land of Darkness: Chicago and the Making of Race in Modern America (Oxford University Press) and UniverCities: How Higher Education is Transforming Urban America. He is editing the Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance: Using the Present to Excavate the Past (Greenwood Publishers) and serves as a consultant for the 2014 national art retrospective Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist. Prior to joining Trinity, Baldwin was Associate Professor of History and African and African Diaspora Studies at Boston College.