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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. 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 most recent publications include: a survey of the Civil Rights Movement (1950s-1970s) from an Africana Studies perspective; an award-winning biographical account of Booker T. Washington (1856-1915); and a historical study of Black experience in the City of Liverpool, England.

Selected Publications:

Solo Books/Authorship:

  • Mark Christian. Transatlantic Liverpool: Shades of the Black Atlantic. (Lexington/Rowman & Littlefield, 2022): 355 pp.
  • Mark Christian. The 20th Century Civil Rights Movement: An Africana Studies Perspective. (Kendall Hunt, 2021): 351 pp.
  • Mark Christian. Booker T. Washington: A Life in American History. *
    (ABC-CLIO, 2021): 274 pp.
    *American Library Association Book Award for Outstanding Reference.
  • Mark Christian. Multiracial Identity: An International Perspective (Macmillan/St. Martin’s Press/s, 2000): 156 pp.

Edited Books/Authorship:

  • Mark Christian. (Ed.) Integrated but Unequal: Black Faculty in Predominately White Space* (Africa World Press, 2012): 250 pp. *CHOICE Award for outstanding title.
  • Mark Christian. (Ed.) Black Identity in the 20th Century: Expressions of the US and UK African Diaspora (Hansib, 2002): 267 pp.
  • Mark Christian and William Ackah (Eds.) Black Organisation and Identity in Liverpool: A Global Perspective. (Charles Wootton College, 1997): 105 pp.

Edited/Authorship/Special Issue Journals:

  • 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)
  • Mark Christian (Guest Editor) ‘The State of Black Studies’ Journal of Black Studies 36 (5) (May 2006)

Solo Journal/Book Chapter Articles:

  • Mark Christian. 'Race and Social Identity in the Obama Age: A View from behind the Veil' in Patricia 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.