Edward OnaciEdward Onaci

Assistant Professor of History
B.A., Virginia State University
M.A., Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Edward Onaci earned his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and his BA in History from Virginia State University. His research interests include African American and Modern U.S. History, Black liberation activism in the U.S. and the African Diaspora, gender and feminist theory, concepts of citizenship and nationalism, cultural geography, and music and the global music industry. Dr. Onaci teaches courses that focus on modern U.S. history, women’s global political struggles, African American history, and more. They incorporate interdisciplinary scholarship and an activist orientation to teaching and learning. These methods encourage students to take ownership over their personal and group studies, develop their own knowledge, and apply what they learn in class to their current lives and future ambitions.

Selected Publications

Onaci, Edward. “‘I Can Be Your Sun, You Can Be My Earth’: Masculinity, Hip Hop, and the Nation of Gods and Earths.” Message in the Music: Hip Hop, HIstory, and Pedagogy. Edited by Derrick P. Alridge, V.P. Franklin, and James B. Stewart. Washington, D.C.: Association for the Study of African American Life and History, 2010.