Stefan M. Bradley, Ph.D., associate professor of history with a joint appointment in African-American studies from the College of Arts and Sciences, was selected as the Fall 2011 Last Lecture Series Speaker and spoke on Monday, Nov. 14, in the Saint Louis Room in the Busch Student Center. Bradley received his B.A. from Gonzaga University, his M.A. from Washington State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri - Columbia. He teaches a variety of courses, with his primary emphasis focusing on 20th century African-American history.
Bradley is interested in the role that youth have played in shaping post-World War II American society. His first book, Harlem vs. Columbia University: Black Student Power in the Late 1960s, focuses on 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.
Bradley received the Phillis Wheatley Book Prize in 2010, given by the North East Black Studies Association, for his first book and also received the Student Government Association Faculty Excellence Award in 2011.