College of Arts and Sciences/History
Associate Professor Hasan Kwame Jeffries is the epitome of a public intellectual, combining stellar scholarship and award-winning teaching with a profound commitment to serving the Ohio State community and the broader community in Columbus, in Ohio, and in the United States at large.
THE FACULTY OF COLOR CAUCUS. In 2006-07, Professor Jeffries helped to found the Department of Historys Faculty of Color Caucus, which launched initiatives to promote diversity and inclusion in faculty and staff hiring and in graduate and undergraduate admissions. The caucus also encouraged honest conversations at faculty and staff meetings, and in meetings of the departments Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC), about fostering acceptance of difference of all kinds. In 2008, the FCC won the College of Arts and Sciences Diversity Enhancement Faculty Award.
COURSES. Professor Jeffries has created and regularly teaches a number of undergraduate History courses that celebrate African Americans' contributions to our country while training students to recognize racism and other forms of bias in American society and in their own lives. History 3085, "African American History Through Contemporary Film," for example, presents a wide array of films by and about Black Americans, from the silent movie era through today. Students of all backgrounds and identities are able to engage with the films while developing a critical sense of how they comment on our society.
MEDIA APPEARANCES. Professor Jeffries is a frequent guest on local, statewide, and national radio and television news and topical programs. In these venues, he discusses current events that have an impact of populations of color, as well as key episodes in African American history. For example, he has appeared numerous times on WOSU radio's daily talk program "All Sides with Ann Fisher." He has also been interviewed scores of times on nationally syndicated radio and television news programs. He has published op-ed pieces in the Columbus Dispatch and nationally prominent newspapers such as the New York Times and the Washington Post; he has likewise been quoted in numerous articles in these papers. These activities raise public awareness of African American history and of episodes of social injustice. He has also participated in a number of documentary films as a featured on-camera scholar. These include the 2016 Emmy-nominated PBS documentary Black America since MLK: And Still I Rise, a four-hour tour de force conceived by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
PUBLIC HISTORY PROJECTS. Professor Jeffries has lent his expertise to numerous public history projects seeking to preserve the Black experience in the U.S. From 2010-14, for a prominent example, he served as lead historian and primary scriptwriter for the $27 million renovation of the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee, site of the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
EDUCATIONAL CONSULTATION. To promote enlightened learning throughout Ohio, Professor Jeffries regularly consults with school districts on developing inclusive social studies curricula that help to combat racism. In connection with this work, he conducts professional development workshops for teachers and speaks to student assemblies.