Claudrena N. Harold


Nau 291
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Field & Specialties

African-American History
African-American Studies
U.S. Labor History


Claudrena N. Harold is a professor of African American and African Studies and History .  In 2007, she published her first book, The Rise and Fall of the Garvey Movement in the Urban South, 1918-1942. In 2013, the University of Virginia Press published The Punitive Turn: New Approaches to Race and Incarceration, a volume Harold coedited with Deborah E. McDowell and Juan Battle.  Her latest book is New Negro Politics in the Jim Crow South, which was published by the University of Georgia Press. As a part of her ongoing work on the history of black student activism at UVA, she wrote, produced, and co-directed with Kevin Everson  six short films: Sugarcoated Arsenic, Fastest Man in the State, 70 kg, U. Of Virginia, 1976, How Can We Ever Be Late, and We Demand.  These films have screened at the National Gallery of Art, the Whitney Museum,  Berlin International Film Festival, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Vienna International Film Festival, New York Film Festival,  Festival du Nouveau Cinema, the Media City Film Festival, and Porto Post Doc Film and Media Festival.



New Negro Politics in the Jim Crow South (University of Georgia Press, October 2016)

Co-editor with Deborah E. McDowell and Juan Battle, The Punitive Turn: New Approaches to Race and Incarceration (University of Virginia Press, 2013).

The Rise and Fall of the Garvey Movement in the Urban South, 1918-1942 (Routledge Press, 2007).

Articles and Book Chapters

“Lord, Let Me Be an Instrument: The Artistry and Cultural Politics of Reverend James Cleveland and the Gospel Music Workshop of America, 1963–1991," Journal of Africana Religions,Volume 5, Number 2, 2017 
pp. 157-180.

“A Conversation with Kevin Jerome Everson,” Callaloo, Vol. 37, No.  4, Fall 2014, 802-808.

“Rage Against the Machine: African American Music and the Evolution of the Penitentiary Blues, 1961-2000” in  Deborah McDowell, Claudrena Harold, and Juan Battle, eds., The Punitive Turn: New Approaches to Race and Incarceration  (University of Virginia Press, 2013).  

“Reconfiguring the Roots and Routes of New Negro Activism: The Garvey Movement in New Orleans,” in Davarian Baldwin and Minkah Makalini, eds., Escape From New York: Tne New Negro Renaissance Beyond Harlem (University of Minnesota Press, 2013).

“Almighty Fire: The Rise of Urban Contemporary Gospel Music and the Search for Cultural Authority in the 1980s.”  Fire!!!: The Multimedia Journal of Black Studies,  Vol. 1, No. 1 (Spring 2012), 25-48.

“Of the Wings of Atalanta: The Struggle for African American Studies at the University of Virginia, 1969-1995,” Journal of African American Studies, Vol 16, No. 1 (March 2012), 41-69.


We Demand (2016). With Kevin Jerome Everson. 16 mm film, 10 minutes, color. Screened at Virginia Film Festival, Charlottesville; Alternative Film and Video Festival, Belgrade; Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale), Berlin.

Sugarcoated Arsenic (2014). With Kevin Jerome Everson, 16 mm film, 20 minutes, black and white. Screened at Virginia Film Festival,  Charlottesville; International Film Festival Rotterdam, Rotterdam; International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Oberhausen; Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh, New York International Film Festival, New York City; Festival du Nouveau Cinema,  Montreal; Vienna International Film Festival, Austria; and Porto Post/Doc Film and Media Festival, Porta; Courtisane Festival, Ghent; Crossroads Festival,  San Francisco; Basilica Hudson, Hudson; Opacities Series, Edinburgh; Black Cinema House, Chicago.   

U. of Virginia Charlottesville, VA 1976 (2014)
. With Kevin Jerome Everson, 11 Min, digital. Screened at Unknown Pleasures, American Independent Film Festival, Berlin.

Courses Taught

Introduction to African American and African Studies 

Black Fire: The Struggle for Social Justice and Racial Equality at the Univeristy of Virginia 

American Labor History 

From Motown to Hip-Hop: The Evolution of African American Music 

Black Power 

The Sounds of Blackness