Saint Louis University
Stefan Bradley

Assistant Professor

Joint Appointment

courses taught: (for African American Studies )
AAM 200 AAM 295
phone: (314) 977-3229
fax: (314) 977-5151

Member of the
SLU community
since 2008
Degree: Ph.D.
University of Missouri-Columbia

Degree: M.A.
Washington State University
Southern Illinois University, 2003-2008

Harlem vs. Columbia University: Black Student Power in the Late 1960s (University of Illinois Press, 2009)

Alpha Phi Alpha and the Crisis of Organizational Identity: A Case Study within Black Greekdom, co-edited with Gregory S. Parks (University Press of Kentucky, contracted in 2010)

"'This is Harlem Heights'": Black Student Power and the 1968 Columbia University Rebellion," Journal of Afro-Americans in New York Life and History, Vol. 32, No. 1, January 2008, pp 99-122

Black Power and the Big Green: Dartmouth College and the Black Freedom Movement, 1945-1975


and Speaking 
2010, Columbia University, Institute for Research in African American Studies, Conversation Series, Harlem vs. Columbia University: Black Student Power in the Late 1960s /2009, Brecht Forum of New York City, Book Lecture (
Honors and 
Saint Louis University African American Males Scholars Initiative Appreciation Award, 2013. Outstanding Commitment to Diversity and Service Justice Award, given by the Jesuit Association of Student Personnal Administrators for the African American Males Scholars Initiative, 2013.
My primary research area is recent U.S. history with an emphasis on the African American experience. I am interested in the role that youth have played in shaping post-WWII American society. More specifically, I am fascinated with the efforts and abilities of black college students to change not only their scholastic environments but also the communities that surrounded their institutions of higher learning. Amazingly, young people, by way of protests and demands, have been able to influence college curricula as well as the policies of their schools. This interest in the protest movements of these young people has led me to study black student activism at Ivy League universities. My recently published book "Harlem vs. Columbia Univeristy" deals with black students who risked their educations (and potentially their lives) during the famous controversy that took place at Columbia University in 1968-1969. The students' activism resulted in the alteration of university policies toward the neighboring community of Harlem and a change in the university's curriculum. The efforts of these young people, and many others, undoubtedly contributed to the larger cultural and political shifts that occurred in American society after the 1960s. My next projects are a co-edited book that details the impact of the first black collegiate fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha, and a monograph that discusses the impact of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements on Ivy League universities. As part of the History Department and the African American Studies Program, I look forward to sharing those students' stories.
Higher purpose. Greater good.
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