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Edward Onaci

Edward 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.


Assistant Professor of History




  • B.A., Virginia State University
  • M.A., Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


Modern American History
African Comparative History
African American History
Topics in Modern American History
Topic in African American History
Cultures of Resistance
Women’s Political Struggles

Research Interests

Modern U.S. History
African American History
African History
Black Liberation Activism
Gender and Feminist Theory
Cultural Geography
Citizenship and Nationalism

Recent Work


“Black Power, Name Choices, and Self-Determination,” African American Intellectual History Society, 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, October 6, 2016, 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, March 11, 2016, 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, September 25, 2015, Atlanta, GA.