Adriane D. Lentz-Smith

Adriane D. Lentz-Smith

Associate Professor in the Department of History

External address: 
Dept Of History, Carr Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
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 2019

Challenging the Master Narrative of the Civil Rights Movement awarded by National Endowment for the Humanities (Scholar). 2017 to 2018

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

Lentz-Smith, A. "Book Review of Janet Hudson. Entangled by White Supremacy: Reform in World War I-Era South Carolina." Journal of Southern History 76 (August 2010): 770-771.

Lentz-Smith, A. ""Charles Young," "Brownsville Riot," "W. E. B. Du Bois"." Encyclopedia of War and American Society. Ed. P Karsten and E al. Sage Publications, 2005.

Lentz-Smith, A. "Indispensable histories." Oregon Historical Quarterly 118.2 (June 1, 2017). (Review) Full Text

Lentz-Smith, A. "Passports to Adventure: African Americans and the US Security Project." American Quarterly 68.3 (2016): 537-543. Full Text

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