Associate Professor of Transnational Studies and American Studies
Office: 1003 Clemens Hall
Carl Nightingale's new book Segregation: a World History of Divided Cities <Link to http://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/S/bo8844226.html> is now available from the University of Chicago Press. The book traces the spread of practices of racial segregationist in cities from their most ancient roots through the rise of racial segregation as a global phenomenon in the years from 1700 to the present. It ties together primary research on cities in Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas with an extensive synthetic reading of the history of urban politics worldwide.
Nightingale has published numerous articles on the intersections of urban history, world history and critical race theory in the American Historical Review, the Journal of Social History, and the Journal of Urban History among other places. He is also the author of the weblog “Global Segregation: Human-Made Obstacles to Human Movement across Oceans, Borders, and Urban Space” which can be followed at www.globalsegregation.com.
Nightingale curates the exhibition “Buffalo Divided and Unequal: How it Happened and What People are Doing about It” which is available for installation in appropriate venues.
Nightingale’s first book, On the Edge: A History of Poor Black Children and Their American Dreams (Basic Books, 1993), combined ethnographic and archival research to show how broader currents in global popular and political culture affected low-income children's collective experiences in black Philadelphia.
BA, Haverford College, 1981
MA in History, Princeton University, 1986
PhD in History, Princeton University, 1992
Areas of Interest
Race, critical race theory, and racial justice; Urban history; World history; Urban racial segregation in global perspective; Youth culture and activism; youth culture as a global phenomenon; Community organizing; African American history
Recent Publications and Work in Progress
Segregation: A Global History of Divided Cities <link once again to: http://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/S/bo8844226.html>, University of Chicago Press, May 2012.
Global Segregation Human made Obstacles to Human Migration, Resettlement, and Residence <link to www.globalsegregation.com>
“Keep Our Eyes Wide Open on Segregation,” <link to: http://pressblog.uchicago.edu/2012/02/14/op-ed-feature-carl-h-nightingale-on-segregation.html> blog-post about the recent Manhattan Institute report on urban segregation in the United States (February 2012).
"Historical Geographies of the Color Line in Early Colonial Madras and New York.” <link to: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/ahr.113.1.48> American Historical Review 113 (2008): 48-71.
"The Transnational Contexts of Early-Twentieth-Century American Urban Segregationism." <Link to : http://muse.jhu.edu/login?auth=0&type=summary&url=/journals/journal_of_social
history/v039/39.3nightingale.pdf> Journal of Social History 39 (Spring 2006): 668-702.
"A Tale of Three Global Ghettos: How Arnold Hirsch Helps Us Internationalize U.S. Urban History." <link to: http://juh.sagepub.com/content/29/3/257.abstract > Journal of Urban History 29 (March 2003): 257-71.
"The Global Inner City: Towards a Historical Investigation," in W.E.B. DuBois, Race and the City, eds. Michael B. Katz and Thomas J. Sugrue. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1998.
On the Edge: A History of Poor Black Children and Their American Dreams. New York: Basic Books, 1993. Harry Chapin Prize, runner up for best book on poverty in 1993.
New projects include the history of scholars’ explorations of the origins of race; transnational analysis of ideologies of race and sex in British, American, and French settler societies; and the history of Johannesburg and Soweto.
Also, ongoing work on the blog “Global Segregation: Human-Made Obstacles to Human Movement across Oceans, Borders, and Urban Space,” which will offer periodic glosses on the book Segregation: A Global History of Divided Cities, as well as a growing collection of scholarly resources on the topics of urban segregation and migration control.
Recent and Frequently Taught Courses
UGC 112 World Civilizations
AMS 387 Race in the City
AMS 500/520 Race in the US and in Transnational Perspective
AMS 520 The Politics of Urban Space
AMS 504 Topics in Cultural History (introductory graduate seminar)
AMS 560 Racial Justice in Western New York and the World, a seminar in action research
Member, Board of Directors, Urban History Association
American Studies Association
American Historical Association
Organization of American Historians
Association for the Study of African American Life and Culture
World History Association
Awards, Grants, and Fellowships
Individual Grant, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, 2011-12
Research Grant, Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, 2011-12.
Named Most Exemplary Scholar of the Year by Undergraduate Majors of Urban Studies Program, Stanford University, 2007.
Annual Research Grant, Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, SUNY Buffalo, for research pertaining to Segregation renewed in 2007-08 and 2008-09
Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies, 1997-98
Lilly Fellowship, Provost's Office and the Center for Teaching, University of Massachusetts, 1995-96
Harry Chapin Media Award, 1994. Runner-up for best book on Poverty in 1993 for On the Edge