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AFAM 101 | Dr. Livingston

Journals are key to the discipline

To get a sense of the research interests of a discipline, read the journals within that discipline. Looking at the table of contents of recent issues can reveal what problems or issues scholars are currently tackling in a specific field.  

The following is a list of Black Studies Scholarly Journals compiled by the African American Research Center at the University of Illinois.

African American review. Continues: Black American literature forum.  1992- American literature, African American authors, History and criticism; Issued by Arts & Sciences Administration, Ritter Hall 125, St. Louis University, 220 North Grand Blvd, St. Louis Missouri 63103-2007

African American arts.  Quarterly; Vol. 26, no. 1 (spring 1992)-; Issued by:  Division on Black American Literature and Culture of the Modern Language Association, Terre Haute, Ind. Dept. of English, Indiana State University.

Afro-Americans in New York life and history.  1977-  Vol. 1 (Jan. 1977)- ; Issued by: Afro-American Historical Association of the Niagara Frontier, P.O. Box 1663 Hertel Station, Buffalo, N.Y., 14216.

Afro-Hispanic review: publication of the Afro-Hispanic Institute. 1982- Spanish American literature, Black authors, Periodicals, Blacks in literature. Semiannual, 1994-; Three no. a year, 1982-1993; Vol. 1, no. 1 (Jan. 1982)-; Issued by: Dept. of Romance Languages and the Black Studies Program at the University of Missouri–Columbia,MO. 860/.8/0896073

B. Ma: the Sonia Sanchez literary review. 1995- ; Sanchez, Sonia, Periodicals, African Americans Intellectual life. Semiannual; Vol. 1, no. 1 (fall 1995)-; Issued by: Philadelphia, Pa. ISSN: 1078-0955.

Black experience: a Southern University journal. 1969- African Americans, Periodicals; June 1969-; Ceased with issue for Mar. 1970.; Issued by: Southern University and A & M College, Baton Rouge, La.

Black lines: A journal of Black studies. 1970- ; African Americans, Periodicals; Quarterly; v. 1-3, no. 2; fall 1970-winter 1972. Issued by the Dept. of Black Studies, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Black music research journal. 1980- ; African Americans, Music, History and criticism, Periodicals; Semiannual, 1988-; Annual, 1980-1987; 1980-; Issued by: Center for Black Music Research, Columbia College, 1986-

Black perspective in music. 1973- ; African Americans, Music, United States, Africa; Semiannual; Ceased with v. 18 published in 1990.; v. 1- spring 1973-; Issued by: Foundation for Research in the Afro-American Creative Arts, P.O. Box 11049, Cambria Heights, N.Y 11411.

Black renaissance = Renaissance noire. 1996- African Americans, Periodicals, African American art; Three no. a year; Vol. 1, no. 1 (fall 1996)-; Issued by: Africana Studies Program and the Institute of African American Affairs at New York University.Bloomington, IN

Black sacred music: a journal of theomusicology. 1989- African Americans, Music, Periodicals, Church music, United States; Semiannual; Vol. 3, no. 2 (fall 1989)-; Issued by: Duke University Press, Journals Fulfillment, 6697 College Station, Durham, NC 27708

Black scholar. 1969- African Americans,Periodicals, African Americans, Race identity; Quarterly; Issued by: Black World Foundation

Black sociologist. 19uu- African American sociologists, Periodicals, Sociology; Issued by: Transaction Periodicals Consortium, New Brunswick, NJ.

Black world. Continues Negro Digest. 1970- African Americans, Periodicals; May 1970-Apr. 1976; Issued by: Johnson Pub. Co., S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60616.

Callaloo: A Black South journal of arts and letters. 1976- African American arts, Southern States, Periodicals, American literature, Minority authors; Quarterly, ; Issued by: Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD

CLA journal. 1957- Philology, Periodicals, Language and languages, Literature,  History and Criticism, Modern Languages, Modern Study and teaching; Quarterly; Issued by: Baltimore College Language Association

Confrontation: A journal of third world studies. 1970- Arts, Periodicals, Blacks, Social conditions, Literature,  Black authors, American literature, African American authors, African American arts, African Americans, : Issued by: Black Studies Institute, Center for Afro-American Studies, Ohio University

Contours: a journal of the African diaspora. 2003- African diaspora, Periodicals, Blacks, Cultural assimilation, Africa,  Emigration and immigration; Semiannual; Vol. 1, no. 1 (spring 2003)-v. 3, no. 2 (fall 2005); Issued by: University of Illinois Press, Champaign, IL.

Contributions in black studies. Also called New England journal of black studies. 1979- African Americans, Periodicals, Blacks; Annual; Issued by: Five College Black Studies Executive Committee, Amherst, Mass.

Du Bois review: social science research on race. 2004- Race relations, Periodicals, Minorities, Social condition; Semiannual; Vol. 1, no. 1 (spring 2004)-; Issued by: Cambridge University Press, New York

Ethnic and racial studies. 1978- Race relations, Periodicals, Ethnic groups; Bimonthly; Issued by:  Routledge & Kegan Paul, New York, NY

Fanon Center journal: Perspectives on the mental health of Black persons. 1980- African Americans, Mental health, Periodicals, Blacks; Semiannual; Vol. 1, no. 1 (May 1980)-; Issued by: Publications Coordinator, Fanon Research and Development Center, 2930 Imperial Highway, Inglewood, California 90303

Fire!!!: The Multimedia Journal of Black Studies. 2012- .  African Americans; History; Semiannual; Association for the Study of African American Life and History; 2225 Georgia Ave, NW, Ste 331, Washington, DC 20059; Online availability: JSTOR.

First world: An international journal of black thought. 1977- African Americans, Periodicals, Blacks; Quarterly, winter 1977-; Issued by: First World Foundation, Atlanta, GA

Freedomways. 1961- Blacks, Periodicals, African Americans; Quarterly; v. 1-25, no. 3; spring 1961-fall 1985.;  Issued by: Freedomways Associates, 799 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

Harvard blackletter journal. 1985- African Americans, Legal status, laws, etc, Periodicals, Civil rights, United States; Annual; Spring 1985-v. 10 (spring 1993);  Issued by: Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Mass.

Howard journal of communications. 1988- Communication, Periodicals; Quarterly; Vol. 1, no. 1 (spring 1988)-; Issued by: Howard University School for Communications, Center for Communications Research, Washington, DC

Howard law journal. 1955- Law reviews; Three no. a year, 1995-; Issued by: Howard University School of Law, Washington, DC

Identities: global studies in culture and power. 1994- Ethnic groups, Periodicals, Race relations, Ethnic relations, Ethnicity, Group identity; Irregular; Vol. 1, no. 1 (June 1994)-; Issued by: Gordon and Breach Publishers, Yverdon Switzerland

International review of African American art. Continues Black Art. 1984- African American art, Periodicals, Arts, Black; Four no. a year;  Issued by: Museum of African American Art, 4005 Crenshaw Boulevard, 3rd floor, Los Angeles, CA 90008-2534

Journal of African American history. Continues Journal of Negro History. 2002- African Americans, Periodicals; Quarterly; Vol. 87 (winter 2002)-; Issued by: Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Silver Spring, MD

Journal of African American Studies. Continues Journal of African American Men. 1995- Quarterly; Vol. 1, issue 1 (summer 1995)-v. 6, Issued by: Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick, NJ

Journal of African-Afro-American affairs. 1977- African Americans History, Periodicals, African Americans, Civil rights, Blacks, Politics and government; Issued by: Black Studies Dept., Univ. of Michigan-Flint, Flint. Mich. 48503

Journal of Afro-American issues. 1972- African Americans, Periodicals; v. 1- summer 1972-; Ceased with v. 5, no. 3, published in 1977. Issued by: Educational and Community Consultants Associates, Washington, D.C.,

Journal of black psychology. 1974- African Americans,  Psychology, Periodicals; Quarterly, 1995-; Issued by: SAGE Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA etc.

Journal of black sacred music. 1987- Hymns, Africa, Periodicals, Gospel music, African Americans;  Issued by: The Journal of Black Sacred Music, 1315 Morreene Rd., No. 20K, Durham, NC 27705

Journal of black studies. 1970- African Americans, Periodicals, Blacks; Bimonthly, 1995-; Issued by: Sage Publications, Newbury Park, CA

Journal of blacks in higher education. 1993- African Americans, Education (Higher), Periodicals, college students, college teachers, college administrators, universities and colleges; Quarterly; No. 1 (autumn 1993); Issued by: NYCH II Publishers, New York, NY

Journal of minority aging. Continues Black aging. 1978- Minorities, Periodicals, African Americans, Gerontologyv; Issued by: the North Carolina Senior Citizens’ Federation and the National Council on Black Aging, P.O. Box 8813, Durham, NC 27707

Journal of multicultural counseling and development. Continues Journal of non-white concerns in personnel and guidance. 1985- Cross-cultural counseling, Periodicals, Developmental psychology; Quarterly; Vol. 13, no. 3 (July 1985)-; Issued by: Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, Alexandria, Va.

Journal of Negro education. 1932- Education, Periodicals, African Americans; Quarterly; v. 1- Apr. 1932-; “A Howard University quarterly review of issues incident to the education of Black people.”; Issued by: Howard University Press, Washington, DC

Journal of research on minority affairs. 1990- African Americans, Periodicals, Social conditions, Economic conditions; Vol. 1, no. 1 (July 1990)-; Issued by: Research Institute on Minority Affairs, Coppin State College, Baltimore, Md.

Journal of southern history. 1935- Southern States, History, Periodicals; Quarterly; v. 1- Feb. 1935-; Issued by: Southern Historical Association, Baton Rouge, La.

Langston Hughes review. 1982- Hughes, Langston, Periodicals, American literature, African American authors, History and criticism;  Semiannual; Vol. 1, no. 1 (spring 1982)-; Issued by: Afro-American Studies Program, Brown University, The Langston Hughes Review, Brown University, Providence, R.I. 02912

Literary Griot: International journal of black oral and literary studies. 1988- American literature, African American authors, History and criticism,Periodicals,Literature, Black authors, African literature ; Semiannual; Vol. 1, no. 1 (fall 1988)-; Issued by: Literary Griot, Indiana, PA

MELUS; Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States. 1974- United States, Literatures, History and criticism, Periodicals; Issued by: University of Massachusetts at Amherst

National black law journal. Continues Black Law Journal. 1987- Civil rights, United States, Periodicals, Race discrimination; Three issues yearly; Vol. 10, no. 1 (winter 1987); Issued by: UCLC School of Law, Room 2125-C, Los Angeles, Calif. 90024

National political science review. 1989- African Americans, Politics and government, Political science, United States; Annual; Vol. 1-; “A publication of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists. Issued by: Transaction Publishers, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08903

Northwest journal of African and Black American studies. 1973- Blacks, Periodicals, Black race, African Americans;  Vol. 1, no. 1- (summer 1973)-; Issued by: Portland State University, P.O. Box 751, Portland, OR

Obsidian III: Literature in the African diaspora. Continues Obsidian and Obsidian II. 1999- English literature,  Black authors, Periodicals, American literature,  African American authors, History and criticism; Semiannual; Vol. 1, no. 1 (spring-summer 1999)-; Issued by: Dept. of English, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

Palara: publication of the Afro-Latin/American Research Association. 1997- Africans, United States, Latin America, African diaspora; Annual; No. 1 (fall 1997)-; Issued by: Afro-Romance Institute of the University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia and the Dept. of African and African American Studies of the Pennsylvania State University

Phylon. Continues Phylon Quarterly. 1960- African Americans, Periodicals, Blacks, United States, Race relations; Quarterly; Spring 1960-; Published: Clark Atlanta University, 1992-; Issued by: Clark Atlanta University, James P. Brawley Drive at Fair Street, S.W., Atlanta, Ga.

Public culture: bulletin of the Project for Transnational Cultural Studies. 1988- Arts and society, Periodicals, History, Ethnology, Culture, Semiotic models, Intertextuality; Three no. a year, winter 1993-; Issued by: Duke University Press, Durham, NC

Race & class. Continues Race. 1974- Race relations, Periodicals, Social classes, Developing countries, Ethnology, Ethnopsychology;  “A Journal for Black and Third World liberation.”; Issued by: Institute of Race Relations, London, UK

Review of AfroAmerican Issues and Culture. 197u- African Americans, Periodicals; Issued by: Afro-American Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York

Review of Black political economy. 1970- African Americans, Economic conditions, Periodicals, Employment;  Quarterly; Issued by: Transaction Periodicals Consortium, New Brunswick, NJ

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture journal. 1983- African Americans, Periodicals, Blacks; Quarterly; Vol. 2, no. 1 (winter 1983)-; Issued by: The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York, NY

Slavery & abolition. 1980- Slavery, Periodicals, Emancipation; Three no. a year; Vol. 1, no. 1 (May 1980)-; Issued by: F. Cass Pub., London, UK

Souls: a critical journal of Black politics, culture, and society. 1999- African Americans, Periodicals, Social conditions, History, Race relations; Quarterly; Vol. 1, no. 1 (winter 1999)-; Issued by: Westview Press,  Boulder, CO

Transition. 1961- International relations, Periodicals, Political science, Africa; Quarterly; Issued by: Oxford University Press, New York, NY

Umoja: A scholarly journal of black studies. 1973- Blacks, Periodicals, African Americans,  Study and teaching; v. 1-3; 1973-1976; new ser., v. 1- 1977-; Issued by: University of Colorado at Boulder,  Boulder, CO

Urban League review: A policy research journal of the National Urban League. 1975- African Americans, Social conditions, Periodicals, Civil rights, Economic conditions; Semiannual; Issued by: Transaction Periodicals Consortium, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08903

Vital issues: the journal of African American speeches. 1991- African Americans, Periodicals;  Quarterly, (irregular); Vol. 1, no. 1 (winter 1991)-; Issued by: Bethune-DuBois Publications, 600 New Hampshire Ave., Watergate Bldg.-Suite 330, Washington, D.C. 20037

Western journal of black studies. 1977- African Americans, Periodicals, Blacks; Quarterly; Vol. 1, no. 1 (Mar. 1977)-; Issued by: Black Studies Program at Washington State University and Washington State University Press, Pullman, Wash.