Department Chair, Associate Professor of History
Edward Onaci teaches courses on African American history, modern U.S. history, women’s global political struggles, social movements and music in Africa and its diaspora, and more. They incorporate interdisciplinary scholarship and emphasize student empowerment. Dr. Onaci’s instruction also makes use of creative resources and high impact tools, such as Reacting to the Past and Digital Liberal Arts projects. His approach encourages students to take ownership over their personal and group studies, produce their own knowledge, and apply what they learn in class to their current lives and future ambitions.
- B.A., Virginia State University
- M.A., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
- Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
- African history
- African American history
- Modern United States History
- Violence, technology, and terrorism in the United States
- Social movements
- Music, technology, and political empowerment
- Activist women’s life writing
- African American intellectual history
New Afrikan Independence Movement
The Republic of New Afrika
Gender and Feminist Theory
Citizenship and nationalism
Music and DJ technologies
Free the Land: The Republic of New Afrika and the Pursuit of a Black Nation-State. The University of North Carolina Press, 2020.
“Reparations.” Black Power Encyclopedia: From the “Black is Beautiful” to Urban Uprisings. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2018.
“The Provisional Government of Republic of New Afrika.” Black Power Encyclopedia: From the “Black is Beautiful” to Urban Uprisings. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2018.
“Black Power, Name Choices, and Self-Determination.” Black Perspectives (blog). August 25, 2016. http://www.aaihs.org/black-power-name-choices-and-self-determination/.
“Revolutionary Identities: New Afrikans and Name Choices in the Black Power Movement.” Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society 17, no. 1-2 (January-June 2015): 67-89.
“‘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.
Recent Conference Presentations
“Territorial Nationalism, “Paper-citizens,” and The Republic of New Afrika.”
Association for the Study of African American Life and History 101st Annual Meeting, Richmond, VA.
“‘Free the Land’: The Republic of New Afrika, Nationalist Thought, and Land-based Political Struggle During the Black Power Era.”
African American Intellectual History Society First Annual Conference, Chapel Hill, NC.
“The Republic of New Afrika, Independence Struggle and International Solidarity During the Black Power Era.”
Association for the Study of African American Life and History 100th Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA.