Dr. Nicholas L. Baham III is a Professor of Ethnic Studies at California State University East Bay and teaches courses in African American Studies and Genders & Sexualities in Communities of Color. Dr. Baham is a San Francisco native. He attended college at the University of Chicago, earned his Master’s degree at Stanford University and received his Ph.D. in Anthropology at Indiana University, Bloomington. His academic research focuses on African American religious experience, sexuality, and artistic expression. His book, The Coltrane Church: Apostles of Sound, Agents of Social Justice was published in 2015 by McFarland Press. He has a growing body of published journal articles on the Coltrane Church, African American musical and religious expression, and James Baldwin including “I Know You Know: Esperanza Spalding’s Hybrid, Intertextual, Multilingual, Relevant Jazz Aesthetic,” “Radio Free Coltrane: Free Jazz Radio as Revolutionary Practice” in Americana: The Journal of American Popular Culture, and “Rough Sex and Racial Reconciliation in James Baldwin’s Another Country” to be published as a chapter in an upcoming edition of new writing on the legacy of James Baldwin. He has presented his work nationally and internationally at the Universite Paul-Valery in Montpellier, France, Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania, Tuskegee, and Suffolk University. Dr. Baham has appeared on BET, local KPOO and KPFA radio, Canada’s SexTV and in ColorLines and Esquire magazine. He has initiated a blog of African American politics and culture called The Upper Room at nicholasbaham.blogspot.com. At California State University East Bay, Dr. Baham teaches courses on African American intellectual history, religion, jazz music, hip-hop, sexuality,James Baldwin, Malcolm X, race and masculinity, and a yearlong freshman cluster on the history of European colonialism.
Jazz and Community; James Baldwin Studies; Alternative Sexualities and African American Community; Alternative Spirituality and African American Community.
BOOKS AND BOOK CHAPTERS
The Coltrane Church: Apostles of Sound, Agents of Social Justice - 2015
“Rough Sex and Racial Reconciliation: Toward a Kinky of Color Critique of James Baldwin’s Another Country” - 2016
Book Chapter for Beyond Borders with James Baldwin: A Practical Guide for Everyone
ed. Rosa Bobia, Valerie Whittlesey, and Mary Zeigler
“I Know You Know: Esperanza Spalding’s Hybrid, Inter-textual, Multilingual, Relevant New Jazz Aesthetic” - 2013
Book Chapter for Americana: Readings in Popular Culture, Third Edition
Ed. Leslie Wilson, Press Americana & Amazon Digital Services, Inc. July 20, 2013
PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES
“I Know You Know: Esperanza Spalding’s Hybrid, Inter-textual, Multilingual, Relevant New Jazz Aesthetic” - 2012
Americana: The Journal of American Popular Culture Vol. 11 Issue 2 Fall 2012
“Students for a Quality Education” - 2012
Race, Poverty, and the Environment Vol. 19, No. 1 – 2012
God and Government in the Ghetto: The Politics of Church-State Collaboration in Black America - 2011
Book Review - Journal of the American Academy of Religion 2011 http://jaar.oxfordjournals.org/content/79/4/1065.short?rss=1
"Radio Free Coltrane" - 2006
Americana: The Journal of American Popular Culture Volume 5 Issue 2 Fall 2006
"Trickle Down Christianity: How the Socially Regressive Homophobic Agenda of Karl Rove and the Christian Right Wing Army Undermined Black Political Aspirations in the election of 2004" - 2005
California State University East Bay Department of Ethnic Studies On-Line
Journal Vol. I Issue 2 Spring 2005
"39 Lashes: Confessions of an African American Intellectual" - 2004
California State University East Bay Department of Ethnic Studies On-Line Journal
Vol. I Issue 1 Spring 2004
American Ethnologist - 1996
Vol. 26. No. 2, 1998 Review of Blacked Out: Dilemmas of Race, Identity, and Success at Capital High by Signithia Fordham University of Chicago Press, Chicago 1996.
The Upper Room blog at nicholasbaham.blogspot.com
Nicholas Baham’s blog of African American Culture and Politics is a sketchbook of ideas being developed for longer academic articles and presentations and a space for greater interaction with the community.