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Aram Goudsouzian biographical page


Aram Goudsouzian


Chair of the Department

[Aram Goudsouzian]


Office: 221 Mitchell
Telephone: 901.678.2516
Fax: 901.678.2720
Education: Ph.D., History, Purdue University, 2002




Fields of interest

My interests are in American popular culture, African-American history, and 20th-century United States history. My latest book is on the Meredith March Against Fear, a June 1966 march for black freedom that started in Memphis and ended in Jackson, Mississippi.

Courses taught

African-American History, United States History Since 1877, The Civil Rights Movement Since 1930, The Black Athlete in American History

Representative publications


  • Down to the Crossroads: Civil Rights, Black Power, and the Meredith March Against Fear (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2014)
  • King of the Court: Bill Russell and the Basketball Revolution (University of California Press, 2010)
  • Sidney Poitier: Man, Actor, Icon (University of North Carolina Press, 2004)
  • The Hurricane of 1938 (Commonwealth Editions, 2004)

Book chapters

  • “Wilma Rudolph: Running For Freedom,” in Sarah L. Wilkerson-Freeman and Beverly Greene Bond, eds., Tennessee Women: Their Lives and Times (University of Georgia Press, 2009)
  • “All Gods Dead: Babe Ruth and Boston, 1918-1920,” Randy Roberts, ed., The Rock, the Curse, and the Hub: A Random History of Boston Sports (Harvard University Press, 2005)
  • “The Rise and Fall of Sidney Poitier,” Steven Mintz and Randy Roberts, eds., Hollywood’s America: United States History Through Its Films, 3rd ed. (Brandywine Press, 2001)
  • “Baseball in the Age of Disco: Race, Respect, and the Pittsburgh Pirates,” Randy Roberts, ed., Pittsburgh Sports: Stories From the Steel City (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2000)

Journal articles

  • “Three Weeks in Mississippi: James Meredith, Aubrey Norvell, and the Politics of Bird Shot,” The Journal of the Historical Society, March 2011
  • “Bill Russell and the Basketball Revolution,” American Studies, Fall 2006/Winter 2007
  • “‘The House That Russell Built’: Bill Russell, the University of San Francisco, and the Winning Streak That Changed College Basketball,” California History, Summer 2007
  • “Can Basketball Survive Chamberlain?: The Kansas Years of Wilt the Stilt,” Kansas History: A Journal of the Central Plains, Autumn 2005
  • “‘What Do You Do With A Disaster?’: Providence and the Hurricane of 1938,” Rhode Island History, Summer 2004
  • “‘Just Wavering on the Brink’: Sidney Poitier and Blackboard Jungle,” Film and History CD-Rom Annual 2001
  • “‘Ba-ad, Ba-a-ad Tigers’: Crispus Attucks Basketball and Black Indianapolis in the 1950s,” Indiana Magazine of History, March 2000

Review essays

  • “‘My Impact Will Be Everlasting’: Wilt Chamberlain in History and Memory,” Journal of Sport History, Summer 2005
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