Department of History

Claude Clegg

  • Professor, Department of History
  • Associate Vice Provost, Faculty Development and Diversity


  • Ph.D. at University of Michigan, 1995

Contact Information

Ballantine Hall, Rm. 824
(812) 855-3929


Claude Clegg

My research and teaching interests focus on the African diaspora of the Atlantic world. I am interested in the ways in which people of African descent have created and imagined communities and identities outside of Africa, particularly in the slave and post-emancipation societies of North America and the Caribbean.
I have taught several courses in diasporic history, including African-American history, the African Diaspora, Slave Resistance in the Americas, Abolitionism, Black Southerners, and Africans in Colonial America. Future courses that I teach will likely continue to be interdisciplinary and transnational in perspective and largely concerned with the multifaceted ways that African peoples experienced and interpreted centuries of migration and exchanges across regions, economies, cultures, and histories.  I am currently working on a book that examines how African Americans imagined, interpreted, and experienced the Obama presidency.

Selected Awards

  • Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Title (for The Price of Liberty) (2004)
  • One of five finalists for the 2005 Frederick Douglass Book Prize, sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, Yale University (for The Price of Liberty)

Research Interests

  • The African Diaspora of the Atlantic world
  • Social movements
  • African Americans in the U.S. South

Publication Highlights


Troubled Ground: A Tale of Murder, Lynching, and Reckoning in the New South.  Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2010.

An Original Man: The Life and Times of Elijah Muhammad. New York, NY: St. Martin's Press, 1997.

The Price of Liberty: African Americans and the Making of Liberia. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2004.