African American Studies 24, Section 1

Researching “Mixed-Race” History and Images in the United States (1 unit, LG)

Professor Stephen Small
Wednesday 2:00-4:00, 122 Wheeler Hall, Class number: 21922

People of mixed racial origins are one of the fastest growing populations in California and across the United States. This course provides an overview of their contemporary circumstances and describes some sources and methods available for studying these populations (including those of mixed Asian, Black, Chicano, Native American or white ancestry). We will review some of the main themes in writings about people of mixed racial origins, and we will examine various sources for identifying mixed race populations, including census, biographies, literature and films. This course will equip students with basic research skills that can be utilized for other projects in African American Studies, Ethnic Studies, History, Sociology, Anthropology and Cultural Studies.

Instructor Bio

Stephen Small, Ph.D. (UC, Berkeley) is Associate Professor in the Department of African American Studies where he has taught since 1995. He teaches courses on contemporary race and ethnic relations, public history and collective memory, globalization, people of mixed race, and qualitative research methods (including historical archives, ethnography and interviewing). His current research includes public history and collective memory, the Black Diaspora in Europe, and people of mixed origins. He has carried out research in Europe (England, Netherlands and Spain), in the Caribbean (Jamaica and Curacao) and in Brazil. His Ph.D. research was on people of mixed race in the Caribbean and the United States during slavery. He is co-editor of Global Mixed Race, with Rebecca Chioko King O’Riain, Minelle Mahtani, Miri Song and Paul Spickard,New York University Press, 2014. He was born and raised in Liverpool, England, a city with a large population of mixed origins. His origins are English and Jamaican.


Any and all freshman students welcome.