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David Lucander PhD

David Lucander, PhD

David Lucander, PhD

Associate Professor, Multicultural Studies

Technology Center, Room 8300
845-574-4245

Biography

David Lucander, PhD, has been a faculty member at RCC since 2009. He teaches Pluralism and Diversity in America, American History, and Civil Rights Movements, 1945-1975. He previously served as a Teaching Associate at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where he taught in the Department of Afro-American Studies. His fields of professional interest also include 20th Century African American History, the New Deal and World War II, and the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Dr. Lucander completed two books that were published in 2014: Winning the War for Democracy: The March on Washington Movement, 1941-1946 and For Jobs and Freedom: The Speeches and Writings of A. Philip Randolph.

Education

  • PhD African-American Studies, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 2010
  • MA Afro-American Studies, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 2006
  • BA History, Westfield State College, 2003

Awards  (Selected)

  • SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2015
  • Missouri History Book Award from the State Historical Society of Missouri, 2015
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute, Harvard University, 2011
  • RCC Foundation Leadership Grant, 2010
  • Schomburg Fellowship for Research in Black Culture, Gilder Lehman Institute, 2008

Professional Service (Selected)

  • Historical Consultant, New York Historical Society exhibit, “World War II in New York City,” 2012-2013
  • Panelist and Commentator, Multicultural Communities Day, sponsored by Leadership Rockland, 2012

Publications (Selected)

  • Winning the War for Democracy: The March on Washington Movement, 1941-1946 (University of Illinois Press, 2014)
  • For Jobs and Freedom: The Speeches and Writings of A. Philip Randolph, with Andrew Kersten (University of Massachusetts Press, 2014)
  • “Exhuming Hidden History: Sources for Teaching About Slavery in New England,” Historical Journal of Massachusetts, Vol. 39, No. 1, 2011
  • Various entries for African American National Biography; Encyclopedia of American Counter Culture; Encyclopedia of the New American Nation: The Emergence of the United States, 1754-1829; Encyclopedia of Slave Resistance and Rebellion
  • Book reviews for The Bloomsbury Review, Journal of African American History, and Journal of American Ethnic History.

Presentations (Selected)

  • "The March on Washington Movement and New Directions in the Study of Struggles for Civil Rights During World War II," Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History annual conference, Memphis, TN, 2014
  • “Commemorating the March on Washington: A Sesquicentennial Celebration,” African American History Month Lecture, RCC, 2013
  • “It was the women that did the work: African American Women in the March on Washington Movement,” Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History annual conference, Pittsburgh, PA, 2012
  • “Confronting Caliban: The Surprising Similarities of Medieval European Anti-Semitism and American Racism” (co-lecture with Christina Stern), RCC Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series, 2011
  • “Riot Prevention: African American Rifle Clubs, Mass Protest, and City Government in World War II St. Louis,” Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History annual conference, Raleigh, NC, 2010
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