S2, Episode 3

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March 2, 2022: Charisse Burden-Stelly on the Intersection of Antiblackness and Antiradicalism

Charisse Burden-Stelly

“You're responsible for one whole bookshelf of mine,” Augustus Wood declares at one point in his interview of Dr. Charisse Burden-Stelly, who takes listeners through a rich list of works and thinkers that have informed her scholarship. Walter Rodney, Patricia Rodney, Winston James, Claudia Jones, Safiya Bukhari, and William Alphaeus Hunton are just a few she highlights, pointing out that some may be less known because of what she terms “intellectual McCarthyism.”

The author and editor of numerous publications herself—including the recent W.E.B. Du Bois: A Life in American History (with co-author Gerald Horne), Organize, Fight, Win, and the forthcoming Black Scare/Red Scare—Burden-Stelly elucidates the deep-rooted, longstanding connections between antiblackness and antiradicalism, and offers a thoughtful take on the state of Black Studies today.

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About the Guest

Dr. Charisse Burden-Stelly is the 2021-2022 Visiting Scholar in the Race and Capitalism Project at the University of Chicago and an Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and Political Science at Carleton College. A scholar of critical Black studies, political theory, and intellectual history, she is the co-author, with Gerald Horne, of W.E.B. Du Bois: A Life in American History. Burden-Stelly’s book Black Scare/Red Scare will be published with University of Chicago Press in Spring 2023. She is also the co-editor of three forthcoming edited collections: Organize, Fight, Win: Black Communist Women’s Political Writings with Jodi Dean which will be published by Verso in October 2022; Reproducing Domination: On the Caribbean Postcolonial State with Aaron Kamugisha which will be published by the University of Mississippi Press in December 2022; and W.E.B. Du Bois at 150: Reflections on the Life of a Scholar-Provocateur with Randall Westbrook, which is under review at Lehigh Press.

Additionally, Burden-Stelly has four edited volume chapters coming out this this year: “Black Power in the Tradition of Radical Blackness”; “Elaborations of Leninism: Self-Determination and Tradition of Radical Blackness”; “Claudia Jones, the Longue Durée of McCarthyism, and the Threat of US Fascism”; and “Third World Internationalism and the Global Color-Lined,” co-authored with Gerald Horne. Her writings appear in peer-reviewed journals including Small Axe, Souls, Du Bois Review, Socialism & Democracy, International Journal of Africana Studies, Journal of Intersectionality, and the CLR James Journal. Her public scholarship can be found in venues such as Monthly Review, Boston Review, Black Perspectives, and Black Agenda Report. Additionally, she is the co-host, with Dr. Layla Brown, of “The Last Dope Intellectual” podcast.