Adriane D. Lentz-Smith

Adriane D. Lentz-Smith

Associate Professor in the Department of History

External address: 
Dept of History, Classroom Bldg, Box 90719, Durham, NC 27708-0719
Internal office address: 
Box 90719, Durham, NC 27708-0719
(919) 684-2837
Office hours: 

Wednesdays 1:30 - 3 pm


My interests lie in African American history, twentieth-century United States History, and the history of the US & the World.

My 2009 book, Freedom Struggles: African Americans and World War I, looks at the black freedom struggle in the World War I years, with a particular focus on manhood, citizenship, and global encounters. More recently, I have been at work on a book tentatively enttitled, "Afterlives: Sagon Penn, State Violence, and the Twilight of Civil Rights." The book looks at dramatic moments of violent encounter between African Americans and the police to explore the role of violence in sustaining and opposing white supremacy in the two decades following the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

I am also interested in how African Americans engaged the world in the age of Cold War civil rights, and how their participation in the project of US state and empire set the horizons of their freedom struggles.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Yale University 2005

Selected Grants

Voting Rights in the United States awarded by National Endowment for the Humanities (Collaborator). 2017 to 2020

Challenging the Master Narrative of the Civil Rights Movement awarded by National Endowment for the Humanities (Scholar). 2017 to 2019

Lentz-Smith, A. Freedom Struggles: African Americans & World War I. Harvard University Press, 2009.

Lentz-Smith, A. “"Charles Young," "Brownsville Riot," "W. E. B. Du Bois".” In Encyclopedia of War and American Society, edited by Peter Karsten and et al. Sage Publications, 2005.

Lentz-Smith, A. “Indispensable histories.” Oregon Historical Quarterly 118, no. 2 (June 1, 2017). Full Text

Lentz-Smith, A. “Passports to adventure: African Americans and the US security project.” American Quarterly 68, no. 3 (September 1, 2016): 537–43. Full Text

Lentz-Smith, A. “Reid’s Obama Blunder and What it Means.” History News Network, January 2010.

Spring 2020

First-Year Seminar (Top) (HISTORY 89S)
Friedl Bdg 225, M 10:05 AM-12:35 PM
Making Modern America (HISTORY 342)
Class Bldg 114, MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM

Fall 2019

First-Year Seminar (Top) (HISTORY 89S)
Class Bldg 101, Th 03:05 PM-05:35 PM

Spring 2019

Research Seminar In Hst (HISTORY 702S)
Class Bldg 101, W 08:30 AM-11:00 AM

Fall 2018

Civil Rights Movement (HISTORY 348)
Class Bldg 240, TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM

Spring 2018

Making Modern America (HISTORY 342)
West Duke 106, WF 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
Cap Sem: Af Ams And The World (HISTORY 484S)
Carr 229, M 10:05 AM-12:35 PM

Fall 2017

First-Year Seminar (Top) (HISTORY 89S)
West Duke 08A, Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM
North American History (Top) (HISTORY 790S-04)
Carr 229, Th 01:25 PM-03:55 PM

Spring 2017

Topics In History Seminar (HISTORY 390S)
Perkins 070, Th 03:05 PM-05:35 PM
Research Seminar In Hst (HISTORY 702S)
Carr 106, M 10:05 AM-12:35 PM

Fall 2016

First-Year Seminar (Top) (HISTORY 89S)
Carr 242, Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM
Civil Rights Movement (HISTORY 348)
Carr 240, TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM

Spring 2015

Readings In Racial Formations (HISTORY 790S-09)
Bivins 114, Th 03:05 PM-05:35 PM

Fall 2014

Race: A World History (HISTORY 354D)
Soc/Psych 130, TuTh 03:05 PM-03:55 PM
Race: A World History (HISTORY 354D)
Friedl Bdg 126, Th 04:40 PM-05:30 PM
Race: A World History (HISTORY 354D)
Carr 106, F 01:25 PM-02:15 PM

Spring 2014

Origins Of Modern America (HISTORY 342)
Friedl Bdg 126, WF 10:05 AM-11:20 AM