Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5334 USA
- Ph.D., History, Cornell University, 1997
- M.A., History, Cornell University, 1993
- M.S., History, Illinois State University, 1990
- B.A., Anthropology, Pennsylvania State University, 1979
- African American history
- History and Memory
- African American newspapers, historical writing, and print culture
Dr. Mitch Kachun is a professor of African American history in the Department of History at Western Michigan University. Courses he teaches include:
- HIST 2100: American History to 1877
- HIST 2900: The Historian’s Craft
- HIST 3100: The American Civil Rights Movement
- HIST 3280: African American History and Culture
- HIST 3285: African Americans in Michigan
- HIST 6980: College Teaching and Professional Activity
He also teaches topical graduate readings courses and research seminars in African American history and history and memory.
He advises graduate students with interests in African American history, memory and American history, American studies, and public history.
Kachun’s research concentrates on how African Americans during the 19th and 20th centuries used historical writing and public commemorations to work for equal rights, construct a sense of collective identity, and claim control over their status and destiny in American society. He is currently researching the life, travels, and writings of Charles Stewart, a prominent yet understudied African American journalist from the early twentieth century.
In addition to numerous articles and book chapters, his books include:
- First Martyr of Liberty: Crispus Attucks in American Memory. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.
- The Curse of Caste; or the Slave Bride: a Rediscovered Novel by Julia C. Collins. Co-edited with William L. Andrews. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.
- Festivals of Freedom: Memory and Meaning in African American Emancipation Celebrations, 1808-1915. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 2003.