Steven Tracy, ISI 2012-2013 'Engagement: the Challenge of Public Scholarship' fellow, was appointed Distinguished Professor in the Afro-American Studies department. A member of the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies since 1995, Tracy is the leading authority on intersections between African-American literature and blues music. In addition to his books, Langston Hughes and the Blues and Going to Cincinnati: A History of the Blues in The Queen City and A Brush with the Blues, and Hot Music, Ragmentation, and the Bluing of American Literature, Tracy has published more than 75 book chapters and articles.
In addition to his scholarship, Tracy is played with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and opened for artists such as BB. King and Muddy Waters.