Stephen Small has taught in the Department of African American Studies since 1994. He received his B.A. (honours) in Economics and Sociology from the University of Kent at Canterbury, his MS.C in Social Sciences, from the University of Bristol (both in the UK), and his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. He taught in the Department of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1988-1992); in the Center for Research in Ethnic Relations at the University of Warwick (1991); and in the Department of Sociology at the University of Leicester (1992-1995). He was Study Center Director of the University of California’s Education Abroad Program in France (Bordeaux and Toulouse), 2002-2004; and he was Director of UC, Berkeley’s travel study program in Brazil (Salvador and Rio de Janeiro) from 2001-2005.
The bulk of his teaching is about African Americans in the post Civil Rights period, but he necessarily makes comparisons with earlier periods, and with other racial and ethnic groups in the contemporary period. He frequently finds it useful to analyze the structure and institutional circumstances of African Americans, by making systematic reference to the circumstances of Blacks elsewhere in the Diaspora – especially in the Caribbean, Europe and in South America (especially Brazil). His undergraduate courses include “Race, Class and Gender in African American Communities”, “Black Families in the USA”, “Globalization and Minority American Communities”, and “Theories of Race and Ethnicity”. He also teaches “Qualitative Research Methods for African American Studies”. Graduate courses include “Inter-Disciplinary Research Methods”, “Theories of Race and Ethnic Relations” and “Comparative International Race and Ethnic Relations”.
Stephen Small’s research is organized around the social scientific analysis of contemporary racial formations, and addresses links between historical structures and contemporary manifestations of racial formations in the USA and elsewhere in the Diaspora. The two disciplines upon which he draws most heavily are Sociology and History. He has three active programs of research. The first is on race and representations in public history and collective memory, in which he explores how colonialism, slavery and Jim Crow segregation are interpreted and explained in museums, memorials and monuments in the 21st century. He has undertaken research in the US South, France, Britain, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Brazil. He is currently (2007-2008) conducting the final stages of field research in the US South for a study of the distribution, role and treatment of the several hundred slave cabins that constitute part of the tourist infrastructure of the “New South” in the 21st century.
The second is on racial formations in Europe and the USA, which explores migration, institutional inequality and discrimination, community organization and community resistance, both within individual nations, as well as patterns across these nations. He is currently co-editing (with Darlene Clark Hine of Northwestern University and Trica Danielle Keaton of the University of Minnesota a forthcoming anthology on “Black Europe”, in which he also has a single-author chapter (on racial formations in Europe) and a co-authored chapter (on race formations in Britain).
The third area is race and race mixture (so-called ‘miscegenation’) in the United States and the Caribbean under slavery, and in the contemporary USA. He explores institutional experiences, material resources and ideological articulations of race mixture at different historical moments. He is in the final stages of writing a book manuscript entitled “The Matrix of Miscegenation: People of Mixed Origins under slavery in the USA and the Caribbean”, to be published by New York University Press.