Two African Americans to Join the Faculty at the University of Kansas

The University of Kansas has announced that Jennifer Hamer and Clarence Lang will join the faculty for the spring semester. Both previously taught at the University of Illinois.

Dr. Hamer was named professor of American studies. She has been serving as associate dean of graduate studies and is the former chair of the department of African American studies at the University of Illinois. Prior to her appointment at the University of Illinois, Dr. Hamer taught at Wayne State University, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. She is the founding editor of Black Women, Gender, and Families.

Dr. Hamer is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio. She earned a master’s degree at Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Texas.

Clarence Lang was named associate professor of African and African American studies at the University of Kansas. He was an associate professor at the University of Illinois and this past spring served as the 2011 Langston Hughes Visiting Scholar at the University of Kansas. He is the author of Grassroots at the Gateway: Class Politics and Black Freedom Struggle in St. Louis, 1936-75 (University of Michigan Press, 2009).

Dr. Lang is a graduate of the University of Missouri. He holds a master’s degree from Southern Illinois at Edwardsville and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Illinois.

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  1. What a major coup for the University of Kansas!! Two exceptionally talented, intellectually gifted scholars hired at one time!! Kansas is moving in the right direction!!

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