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Christopher Tinson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department Chair
African American Studies


Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2010

Publications and Media Placements

Tinson's teaching and research focuses on histories of Africana radical traditions, black protest movements, U.S. Ethnic Studies, incarceration, and race and sports. His writings and reviews have been published in The Black Scholar, The Feminist Wire, Radical Teacher, Equity & Excellence in Education, SOULS: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, and Black Perspectives, among others.

His first book entitled Radical Intellect: Liberator Magazine and Black Activism in the 1960s is published on UNC Press (2017). Tinson is a highly sought-after speaker and mentor who has led professional development workshops and lectured at numerous college campuses, high schools, and carceral institutions.

Honors and Awards

  • David Gruber Award for Excellence in Teaching 
  • Pauli Murray Book Prize for best book in African American Intellectual History

Professional Organizations and Associations

He has been an active member of several professional organizations such as the National Council for Black Studies, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, and the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora.