Jamal joined the UMass Amherst University Without Walls faculty with a strong commitment to helping adult learners achieve their goals and dreams.

jamal watson, lecturer

Jamal Watson joined the UMass Amherst University Without Walls faculty with a strong commitment to helping adult learners achieve their goals and dreams. A trained historian, Jamal’s research focuses on the experience of African Americans particularly during the Civil Rights Movement.

For more than two decades, Jamal has worked as a journalist. He continues to contribute regularly to leading national publications including The Root.com and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, a bi-weekly magazine that focuses on issues of equity and access in American higher education.

A native of Philadelphia, Jamal is also active in several professional organizations including the Education Writers Association, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History and the Toni Morrison Society.

Jamal’s dissertation trained a spotlight on the historical importance of the Black Press during the 19th and 20th centuries.

educational background 

  • B.A. English & Theology, Georgetown University
  • M.S. Journalism, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
  • M.A. Afro-American Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Ph.D. Afro-American Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

teaching and research interests

Black politics, cultural and literary journalism, social movements, religion and writing.