Roderick Ferguson to Lead the American Studies Association

Roderick Ferguson, professor of African American studies and professor of gender and women’s studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, was voted president-elect of the American Studies Association. Beginning in July, he will serve as president-elect for a year before becoming president of the organization in July 2018.

The American Studies Association is the oldest and largest academic association dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of U.S. culture and history in a global context. The association was founded in 1951 and has more than 5,000 members worldwide. It publishes the journal American Quarterly.

Professor Ferguson joined the faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2014. Earlier, he was chair of the American studies department at the University of Minnesota. He is the author or editor of several books including The Reorder of Things: The University and Its Pedagogies of Minority Difference (University of Minnesota Press, 2012).

Dr. Ferguson is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he majored in sociology. He earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in sociology at the University of California, San Diego.

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