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Department of African and African-American Studies at Lehman College

Faculty - Mark Christian


Dr. Mark ChristianE-mail Address:
Phone: 718-960-7455
Office: Carman Hall, Room 281
Office Hours: T, 3:30pm-4:30pm, or by appointment
Rank: Professor
Degrees and Sources of Degrees: B.A. (Hons.), Liverpool Hope Univ.; M.A., The Ohio State Univ.; Ph.D., Univ. of Sheffield, England

Mark Christian received his B.A. (Hons.) in Sociology & American Studies from Liverpool Hope University, his M.A. in Africana Studies from The Ohio State University, and his Ph.D. in Sociology from The University of Sheffield, England. He is a senior Fulbright scholar recipient, a former research fellow at the University of London's Institute of Commonwealth Studies, and is a former visiting fellow at the Department of Sociology, The University of Liverpool. Prior to arriving at Lehman in August 2011, he was a Full Professor with tenure at Miami University of Ohio; where he taught courses in African Diaspora Studies with a comparative analysis of the UK, US, and British Caribbean; he also taught courses in sociology, such as social stratification and race and ethnic relations. His research interests primarily stem from a historical/cultural lens taking into account the social construction of knowledge and social identities. His latest interdisciplinary research include: a biography, and a Civil Rights Movement volume.

Selected Publications:

  • Mark Christian. 'Race and Social Identity in the Obama Age: A View from behind the Veil' in Patrica Reid Merritt (Ed.) Race in America: How a Pseudoscientific Concept Shaped Human Interaction. Vol 1. (California: Prager, 2017):125-142.
  • Mark Christian. ‘Who’s Afraid of the Black Male Scholar? A Voice from Within the Walls of Academia’ in Virginia Stead (Ed.) RIP Jim Crow: Fighting Racism through Higher Education Policy, Curriculum, and Cultural Interventions. (New York: Peter Lang, 2016): 19-35.
  • Mark Christian. ‘To Sir With Love: A Black British Perspective’ in Mia Mask et al. (Eds.) Poitier Revisited Reconsidering a Black Icon in the Obama Age.(New York: Bloomsbury, 2014): 129-143.
  • Mark Christian. (Ed.) Integrated but Unequal: Black Faculty in Predominately White Space (Africa World Press, 2012)
  • Mark Christian. (Ed.) Black Identity in the 20th Century: Expressions of the US and UK African Diaspora (Hansib, 2002)
  • Mark Christian. Multiracial Identity: An International Perspective(Macmillan/St. Martin’s Press/s, 2000)
  • Mark Christian (with Stephanie Y. Evans, Guest Editors) ‘Africana/Black Studies at the Graduate Level: A Twenty-First Century Perspective’ Western Journal of Black Studies. 34. (2) (Summer 2010)  
  • Mark Christian. (Guest Editor) ‘Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association: New Perspectives on Philosophy, Religion, Micro-Studies, Unity and Practice’ Journal of Black Studies 39 (2) (November 2008)