Dr. Thomas Aiello Portrait

Dr. Thomas Aiello


  • Ph.D.
    University of Arkansas

Thomas Aiello is a professor of history and Africana studies. He received his PhD from the University of Arkansas in 2007. The bulk of his courses relate to all measures of African American history, from early slavery to Black Power. His research interests are broader, covering twentieth century United States cultural and intellectual history and twentieth century African American cultural and intellectual history in a variety of different settings. He is the author of:

9. The Battle for the Souls of Black Folk: W.E.B. DuBois, Booker T. Washington, and the Debate That Shaped the Course of Civil Rights (Westport, CT: Praeger, 2016).
8. Jim Crow’s Last Stand: Nonunanimous Criminal Jury Verdicts In Louisiana (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2015).
7. Model Airplanes Are Decadent and Depraved: The Glue-Sniffing Epidemic of the 1960s (DeKalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Press, 2015).
6. Kerlin, Robert T. The Voice of the Negro (1919), editor (Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2013).
5. The Devil’s Messages: Language and Contested Space in Twentieth-Century America (San Diego, CA: Cognella, 2013).
4. The Kings of Casino Park: Race and Race Baseball In the Lost Season of 1932, Monroe, LA(Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2011).
3. Lawson, David. Paul Morphy: The Pride and Sorrow of Chess, editor (Lafayette, LA: University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press, 2010).
2. Bayou Classic: The Grambling-Southern Football Rivalry (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2010).
1. Burley, Dan. Dan Burley’s Jive, editor (DeKalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Press, 2009).

He is also the author of dozens of peer reviewed articles on American history, philosophy, religion, linguistics, and culture.