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Dr. Walter Rucker, Jr. A descendant of Anderson Redding, Juliette, GA.
Teaching and Research Interests: Atlantic World/African Diasporic History, Pan-Africanism, Slave Culture and Resistance, and Black Social Movements
B.A. History, Morehouse College (1992); M.A./Ph.D. History, University of California-Riverside (1994/1999). A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Walter Rucker was an assistant professor of History and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) for three years prior to his arrival at the Ohio State University in 2003.
Professor Rucker has delivered a number of professional talks and authored journal articles appearing in the Journal of Black Studies, the Journal of Negro History, and the Black Scholar. His first book is entitled "The River Flows On": Black Resistance, Culture, and Identity Formation in Early America (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2005). Professor Rucker is currently working on a book-length treatment which will focus on Diasporic culture and community.
Over the past decade, he has taught a range of courses including Atlantic World Slavery, the Civil Rights Movement, Slave Culture & Resistance, African American History, U.S. History and World History. Professor Rucker is currently the Resident Director of the Ghana Study Abroad Program in the Department of African American & African Studies.