Department of History

Glen Harris, Associate Professor

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Degrees

  • Ph.D., Florida State University (2003)

Academic Interests

Glen Anthony Harris received his Ph.D. from Florida State University in 2003. He has taught at North Carolina Central University, North Carolina A&T State University, and Florida A&M University before joining UNCW's history department in 2002.He is the author of The Ocean Hill-Brownsville Conflict: Intellectual Struggles between Blacks and Jews at Mid-Century, (Lexington Books, 2012) which examines the role that certain black and Jewish writers and intellectuals played in the characterization of black-Jewish relations in relations from 1900 to the 1968 Ocean Hill-Brownsville school conflict.

His second book, a manuscript-length biography on Alexander McAllister Rivera, Jr. titled, Social Justice and Liberation Struggles: The Photojournalist and Public Relations Career of Alexander McAllister Rivera Jr., is forthcoming in May 2023.

Introducing Rivera Jr. to the historical record, whose photojournalistic work on this period has been ignored or underappreciated by historians of the African American press and more generally by historians of the black past, provides primary evidence that Rivera Jr.’s career as a photojournalist and Public Relations specialist remains unique in the history of North Carolina Central University and the larger African American community in Durham, North Carolina because of his longevity and ability to present a vast collective portrait during the first, middle, and second half of the twentieth century.

In addition, his most recent publications are:

“The Crisis of Harold Cruse and Adolph Reed: A Perspective on the American Letter’s Tradition,” Journal of Liberal Arts and Humanities, Volume 1, No. 1: 99-110 (January 2020).

“How does it Feel to be a Problem: Reflections on the Trayvon Martin Case and the American Idea,” in The Trayvon Martin in US: An American Tragedy. Emmanuel Harris II and Antonio Tillis, Eds. Peter Lang Publishing. (Spring 2015).

 

Courses Taught

Significant Publications

  • The Ocean Hill-Brownsville Conflict: Intellectual Struggles between Blacks and Jews at Mid-Century, (Lexington Books, 2012)
  • "Ishmael Reed and the Postmodern Slave Narrative." Comparative American Studies: An International Journal Volume 5, Number 4: 459-479
  • "How does it Feel to be a Problem: Reflections on the Trayvon Martin Case and the American Idea," in The Trayvon Martin in US: An American Tragedy
  • The Crisis of Harold Cruse and Adolph Reed: A Perspective on the American Letter’s Tradition,” Journal of Liberal Arts and Humanities, Volume 1, No. 1: 99-110