Dr. Nishani Frazier

Contact Information

History Department
Room 222B Upham Hall
Oxford, OH 45056
513 529 0844
On leave 2016-17 academic year
Nishani Frazier

Associate Professor of History

Affiliate of Global and Intercultural Studies (Black World Studies Program)


PhD 2008, Columbia University

MA, Columbia University

BA, Spelman College

Teaching and Research Interests: 
  • U.S. History
  • African-American History
  • The 1960s and 1970s
  • Public history
  • Black internationalism
  • Women and feminist history
  • Culinary history
Courses Recently Taught: 
  • HST 112 Survey of U.S. History
  • BWS/HST 221 African-American History
  • HST 367 United States in the 1960s
  • HST 400 Senior Capstone: Feminist Thought
  • HST 400 Senior Capstone: Civil Rights in the 1960s
  • AMS/HST 433/533 Oral Tradition: History and Practice
Selected Publications: 

"A McDonald's That Reflects the Soul of a People: Hough Area Development Corporation and Community Development in Cleveland," The Business of Black Power: Community Development, Capitalism, and Corporate Responsibility in Postwar America, eds. Laura Warren Hill and Julia Rabig, University of Rochester Press, 2012

Editor, with Manning Marable and John McMillan, Freedom on My Mind: The Columbia Documentary History of the African American Experience, Columbia University Press, 2003

Selected Grants and Awards: 

Heanon Wilkins Fellow, Miami University, 2007-08

Co-Principal Investigator, with Mary Jane Berman and Elizabeth Armstrong, National Endowment for the Humanities, "Interpreting America's Historic Places Planning Grant," 2009

Work in Progress: 

Dr. Frazier’s current book project is Harambee Nation: Cleveland, CORE and Rise of Black Power which examines the philosophical evolution of the Cleveland chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality toward Black Power and the chapter’s influence in perpetuating national CORE’s Black Power policy.