P. Sterling Stuckey
Professor of History
Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1972

Areas of specialization: American slavery, the arts and history, and Afro-American intellectual and cultural history

(951) 827-1984


P. Sterling Stuckey completed his undergraduate studies at Northwestern University, then taught elementary and high school in Chicago for a period of six years. He later earned a doctorate degree in History from Northwestern where he was appointed Associate Professor in 1971 and Full Professor in 1977. Stuckey was Hill Foundation Visiting Research Professor at the University of Minnesota in 1970-71, a Visiting Research Fellow at UCLA in 1975-76, an Andrew Mellon Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, in 1980-81, a Senior Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. in 1987-88; and a Fellow at the Humanities Research Institute, University of California, Irvine in 1991-92. Stuckey's Slave Culture was published by Oxford University Press in 1987. His bookGoing Through the Storm: The Influence of African American Art in History was published by Oxford in 1994. Current projects include, for Oxford, an extended study of slave dance tentatively entitled The Ring Shout: The Role of Dance in the Formation of Culture, and an extended study, for the Cambridge University Press Literary Series, of Herman Melville's Benito Cereno. Stuckey is especially interested in the relationship of art to history, and has an interest in labor as well as intellectual and cultural history.