William Strickland, Associate Professor

Office Information

Room 321
New Africa House
(413) 545-5167
(413) 545-2751
TuTh 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
And by appointment


Current Course Information

Fall 2010 :
AfroAm 161
Introduction to Black Politics
AfroAm 331
Life and Thought of W.E.B. Du Bois
  AfroAm 701 Major Works in Afro-American Studies I

Course Syllabi (pdf)

AfroAm 161 "Introduction to Black Politics" (coming soon).

AfroAm 331 "Life and Thought of W.E.B. Du Bois" (coming soon).

Brief Bio
Professor Bill Strickland teaches political science in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he is also the Director of the Du Bois Papers Collection. The Du Bois Papers are housed at the University of Massachusetts library, which is named in honor of this prominent African American intellectual and Massachusetts native. Professor Strickland is a founding member of the independent black think tank, the Institute of the Black World, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Strickland was a consultant to both series of the prize-winning documentary on the civil rights movement, Eyes on the Prize , and the senior consultant on the PBS documentary, Malcolm X : Make It Plain.  He also wrote the companion book.  Most recently, Professor Strickland was a consultant on the Louis Massiah film on W.E.B. Du Bois: W.E.B. Du Bois : A Biography in Four Voices.

Curriculum Vitae


Malcolm X: Make It Plain
text by William Strickland; oral histories
selected and edited by Cheryll Y. Greene
(New York: Viking, 1994)