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Dr. Ben WilsonBen Wilson

Ben Wilson
Emeritus Professor of Africana Studies
Associate Graduate Faculty, Department of History


Mailing Address
Africana Studies
Western Michigan University
3061 Moore Hall
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5311

Research interests
African history; Michigan history; Black popular culture

The former director of WMU's Africana studies program, Wilson joined the faculty in 1975 and retired in 2006. He earned a bachelor's degree from Benedictine College and a master's and doctoral degree from Michigan State University. Wilson has served as a black history consultant or contributor on several print and broadcast projects, is the author or co-author of three books, and has received research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Michigan Council for the Arts.