Amilcar Shabazz is a Professor at the W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and was the department’s seventh Chair. In 2013, he accepted an appointment as Faculty Advisor to the Chancellor for Diversity and Excellence. He teaches in the area of historical studies with an emphasis on the political economy of social and cultural movements, education, and public policy. His books includeAdvancing Democracy: African Americans and the Struggle for Access and Equity in Higher Education in Texas (winner of the T.R. Fehrenbach Book Award), Women & Others: Perspective on Race, Gender, and Empire (co-edited with Celia R. Daileader and Rhoda E. Johnson, and The Forty Acres Documents (with Imari Obadele and Johnita Scott Obadele). He has been a Fulbright Senior Specialist and has done work in Brazil, Ghana, Japan, Cuba, Mali, France, Nicaragua, and Jamaica.