Race, critical race theory, and racial justice; Urban history; World history; Urban racial segregation in global perspective; Youth culture and activism; youth culture as a global phenomenon; Community organizing; African American history
Carl Nightingale’s new book "Segregation: a World History of Divided Cities." University of Chicago Press, 2012) is the co-winner of the 2012 Jerry Bentley Prize in World History from the World History Association and the American Historical Association.
The book traces the spread of practices of racial segregationist in cities from their most ancient roots through the rise of racial segregation as a global phenomenon in the years from 1700 to the present. It ties together primary research on cities in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas with an extensive synthetic reading of the history of urban politics worldwide.
Prof. Nightingale has published numerous articles on the intersections of urban history, world history and critical race theory in the American Historical Review, the Journal of Social History, and the Journal of Urban History among other places. He is also the author of the blog “Global Segregation: Human-Made Obstacles to Human Movement across Oceans, Borders, and Urban Space”.
Prof. Nightingale curates the exhibition “Buffalo Divided and Unequal: How it Happened and What People are Doing about It,” which is available for installation in appropriate venues.
Prof. Nightingale’s first book, On the Edge: A History of Poor Black Children and Their American Dreams (Basic Books, 1993), combined ethnographic and archival research to show how broader currents in global popular and political culture affected low-income children’s collective experiences in black Philadelphia.
New projects include the history of scholars’ explorations of the origins of race; transnational analysis of ideologies of race and sex in British, American, and French settler societies; and the history of Johannesburg and Soweto.
Also, ongoing work on the blog “Global Segregation: Human-Made Obstacles to Human Movement across Oceans, Borders, and Urban Space,” which will offer periodic glosses on the book Segregation: A Global History of Divided Cities, as well as a growing collection of scholarly resources on the topics of urban segregation and migration control.