Sterling Stuckey

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P. Sterling Stuckey (March 2, 1932 – August 15, 2018)[1][2] was an American professor of history, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Riverside (UCR), specializing in American slavery, the arts and history, and Afro-American intellectual and cultural history.[3][4]


Stuckey earned his Ph.D. in history from Northwestern University in 1972. He was appointed Associate Professor at the Northwestern in 1971 and Full Professor in 1977. He was Hill Foundation Visiting Research Professor at the University of Minnesota in 1970–71, a Visiting Research Fellow at UCLA in 1975-76, an Andrew Mellon Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, in 1980–81, a Senior Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution in 1987–88; and a Fellow at the Humanities Research Institute, University of California, Irvine , in 1991–92. He was with the University of California, Riverside (UCR) since 1989,[4][3] retiring in 2004.[2]

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary edition of his fundamental book Slave Culture, The Journal of African American History published a 25-page interview with Stuckey.[5]


  • Slave Culture: Nationalist Theory & the Foundations of Black America, 1987, ISBN 0195042654; 2nd edition 2013
  • Going Through the Storm: The Influence of African American Art in History, 1994
  • African Culture and Melville's Art: The Creative Process in Benito Cereno and Moby-Dick, 2011
  • (with Linda Kerrigan Salvucci) Call to Freedom: Beginnings to 1877, 2003, ISBN 0030654874
  • (with Linda Kerrigan Salvucci) Call to Freedom: Beginnings to 1914 (3rd edition)
  • Paul Boyer, Sterling Stuckey (2005). American Nation: In the Modern Era. Holt, Rinehart, & Winston.


  1. ^ "Sterling Stuckey",
  2. ^ a b Walter Hudson, "Sterling Stuckey, Renowned Historian, Dies", Diverse Issues in Higher Education, August 17, 2018.
  3. ^ a b P. Sterling Stuckey, a profile at the UCR
  4. ^ a b Corey Arvin, "P. Sterling Stuckey – Understanding Slave Culture: Looking Back to Move Forward", interview, 2013, The Voice.
  5. ^ David Roediger, "The Making of a Historian: Interview with Sterling Stuckey", Journal of African American History, Vol. 99, No. 1–2, pp. 89–105; JSTOR