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Jonathan Potts

For immediate release:
January 28, 2003

African American History Has Become Increasingly Diverse, Says Carnegie Mellon University History Professor

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University Professor Joe Trotter said the study of African American history has become increasingly complex while gaining stature as an academic discipline.

Trotter, the Mellon Professor of History and head of the Department of History, said historians who study African American history have a wide range of specialties, from religion and education to politics and labor.

"African American history has in a way transformed U.S. history. It has impacted the way people treat history today," Trotter said. "African American history in that sense has really arrived. And the scholarship today is just very developed."

In addition to African American history, Trotter is a specialist in U.S. labor and urban history. He is director of Carnegie Mellon's Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy and is president of the Labor and Working Class History Association. He has written several books, including "The African American Experience" and "River Jordan: African American Urban Life in the Ohio Valley."

To set up an interview with a member of Carnegie Mellon's Department of History or to inquire about Black History Month events in Carnegie Mellon's College of Humanities and Social Sciences, call Jonathan Potts at 412-268-6094.


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