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Cornelius Bynum

Cornelius Bynum

Director // African American Studies // SIS

Associate Professor // History

Associate Professor // SIS

Affiliated Faculty // American Studies // SIS

Curriculum vitae

Office and Contact

Room: Primary: BRNG 6168; Secondary: UNIV 024

Office hours:

  • Tuesday/Thursday 10:30 – 11:00 AM
  • By appointment


Phone: (765) 494-4177

Fax: (765) 496-1755

Ph.D. University of Virginia, 2004


African-American History, Urban and Labor History, U.S. History

Cornelius L. Bynum is an Associate Professor of History and Director of the African American Studies and Research Center at Purdue University. His research focuses on progressive impulses among African Americans and authentic and independent strains of black radicalism in the early twentieth century. His publications include, A. Philip Randolph and the Struggle for Civil Rights, that explores Randolph’s thoughts about social justice and his civil rights activism and the co-edited volume, The Black Intellectual Tradition:  African American Thought in the Twentieth Century, that examines the diverse thought behind the fight for racial justice that African American artists and intellectuals, performers and protest activists, institutions and organizations, and educators and religious leaders all waged together. 


List of Publications

Derrick P. Alridge, Cornelius L. Bynum, and James B. Stewart, eds. The Black Intellectual Tradition: African American Thought in the Twentieth Century