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  • Black Arts Matter

    Scholar’s exploration of Black Arts Movement reveals ties to current times

    James Smethurst is a scholar of 20th-century African American literature, culture and intellectual history and professor in the UMass Amherst W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies. His... More

  • History and Fiction

    Creative writing professor investigates the interplay of the political and the personal

    For Sabina Murray, professor of English, histories—both public and private—are a constant source of inspiration. She is currently completing her latest novel, The Human Zoo, which is set in the... More

  • Hear Our Stories

    Narrative intervention helps disenfranchised families find their voice

    What constitutes an “acceptable” family? When it comes to teen parents, society’s negative assumptions—often based on racist, classist, and sexist sentiment—can be an obstacle to improving the lives... More

  • Fugitive Science

    Interdisciplinary scholar explores cultural and historical perspectives of race and science

    Associate professor Britt Rusert has taken what some would consider a circuitous route to her faculty position in the UMass Amherst W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies. A published... More

  • View from the Top

    The Department of Linguistics continues its reign as a top-seed program

    UMass Amherst’s Department of Linguistics has held top spots for years in the rankings established by the National Research Council (third place in 2010) and QS World (second place in 2018). Quite a... More