Profile: Clement Alexander Price

Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor of History and Director of the Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience

Center for Migration and the Global City, Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience, Department of African American and African Studies, Department of History, Graduate Program in American Studies

Research Interests: African-American History and Culture; United States Urban and Social History; Modern American Cultural History; New Jersey History; Public History, and American Race Relations

Clement Alexander Price is Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor of History, Rutgers University-Newark Campus, and Director of the Rutgers Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience, an interdisciplinary academic center that, through public partnerships and programming, offers the Newark metropolitan area the finest thinkers and artists engaged with key issues of modern life. Dr. Price is the foremost authority on the black New Jersey past by virtue of his Freedom Not Far Distant: A Documentary History of Afro-Americans in New Jersey (1980) and numerous other scholarly works. He has been the recipient of many awards for academic and community service, including: The New Jersey Nets Basketball Black History Month award at the Prudential Arena in Newark, New Jersey, February, 2011; the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award from Essex County in February, 2010; a Lifetime Achievement Award from Local Initiatives Support Corporation, (LISC) New Jersey in November, 2008; and New Jersey Professor of the Year by The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) in 1999. In 2006, he was inducted into the Rutgers University Hall of Distinguished Alumni.

Dr. Price is a trustee of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, president of the Newark Education Trust, chairman of the Save Ellis Island Foundation, and a member of the Scholarly Advisory Committee to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution. He chaired the New Jersey State Council on the Arts from 1980 to 1983 and he holds honorary degrees from William Paterson University and Drew University. Dr. Price was agency lead for the National Endowment for the Humanities on President Obama’s transition team. He is also on the advisory council for the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Dr. Price was appointed by President Barack Obama in July 2011 to serve as vice chair of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.

Along with the late Giles R. Wright, he is the 1981 co-founder and co-organizer of the Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series, one of the nation’s oldest and prestigious conferences in observance of Black History Month in New Jersey.


  • Associated Programs

    Department of African American and African Studies, Affiliate Faculty

  • Courses Taught

    Development of the United States;
    Afro-American History; Civil War and Reconstruction;
    Intellectual History of Afro-America;
    Topics in the History of Newark, NJ;
    United States Urban History; History of the American Civil Rights Movement;
    Memory and History; Senior Seminar in History; The Black Experience in Western Culture;
    Paul Robeson and Modern American Culture;
    Modern America;
    Seminar in African American History

    Problems and Issues in Afro-American History; Cities in Change;
    American Urban and Ethnic History; Public History;
    Problems in Nineteenth-Century Afro-American History;
    Twentieth-Century American Cultural and Intellectual History

    Post Graduate:
    Seminar on Multi-Culturalism in American Life and History

  • Education

    Ph.D., Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 1975        
    M.A., University of Bridgeport, 1968        


  • Publications

    “History and Memory: Why it Matters That We Remember,” Epilogue in Jessica I.Elfenbein, Thomas L. Hollowak, and Elizabeth M. Nix, eds. Baltimore ‟68: Riots and Rebirth in an American City (Temple University Press, Philadelphia, 2011).
    “Break Every Yoke, Let the Oppressed Go Free! African Americans and the Civil War,” in The Positive Community, (Montclair , NJ, February 2011).
    “The Foundations of Contemporary African American Life and History,” in Mixing Metaphors: The Aesthetic, the Social and the Political in African American Art, Works from the Bank of America Collection, Howard University Gallery of Art Brochure, 2010.
    "Foreword," in Nelson Johnson, The Northside: African Americans and the Creation of Atlantic City (Medford, NJ: Plexus Publishing, 2010), in press.
    “Perspectives: Is the Past Still Prologue,?” Integral: The Journal of Fund for An Open Society, Spring 2009.
    “The NAACP and the Black Church: A Centennial Acknowledgement,” The Positive Community, June 2009.
    “Public Spaces: Where People Meet and Talk,” The New Rwanda; Prosperity and the Public Good, Scranton: University of Scranton, 2009.
    “Ben Jones‟s Modernist Palette,” Deliverance: The Art of Ben Jones, 1970-2008, Jersey City, New Jersey: The Jersey City Museum, 2009.
    “New Jersey and the Near Collapse of Civic Culture: Reflections on the Summer of 1967,” The Hall Institute of Public Policy, NJ, July, 2007.
    “Newark Remembers the Summer of 1967, So Should We All,” The Positive Community, July/August 2007.
    “Contested Memories,” The New Jersey Jewish News, July 2007.
    “A Modern Man: Paul Robeson in American Civilization,” in The Criterion Collection of Films featuring Paul Robeson, New York: The Criterion Collection, 2007.
    “On Anchoring A Generation of Scholars: P. Sterling Stuckey and the Nationalist Persuasion in African American History,” Journal of African American History, 2007.
    Foreword, Angelique Lampros, Remembering Newark‟s Greeks: An American Odyssey (Virginia Beach, VA: Donning Co. Publishers, 2006.
    "Historicizing Katrina,” in David Dante Troutt, ed., After the Storm: Black Intellectuals Explore the Meaning of Hurricane Katrina (New York: The New Press, 2006).

  • Awards

    The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award, Essex Coun ty, NJ, February, 2010
    Thomas H. Kean and Brendan T. Byrne Civic Leadership Award, New Jersey Network Foundation, June 2, 2009
    Education Leadership Award, Interfaith Dialog Center, May 31, 2009
    Gail F. Stern Award, The New Jersey History Issues Convention, March 26, 2009
    Lifetime Achievement Award, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, (LISC) New Jersey, November, 2008
    Charles Cummings Award for outstanding contributions to local and state history, The Newark Preservation and Landmarks Committee, May 2008
    Video of the Year, the Garden State Journalists Association, for “The Once and Future Newark” documentary video, May 2007
    Mid-Atlantic Emmy nomination for “The Once and Future Newark,” August 2007
    Clarion Award, The Association for Women in Communications, for “The Once and Future Newark,” August 2007
    Honoree, Rutgers University Hall of Distinguished Alumni, April 2006.
    Rutgers University Leader in Diversity Award, April, 2006
    Arthur and Patricia Ryan Award, Women‟s Board, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 2006
    Community Service Award, Beth Israel Hospital, Newark, New Jersey 2005
    African American Alumni Alliance, Rutgers University, Hall of Fame, 2004
    Doctor of Humane Letters, Drew University, 2004
    Humanitarian Award, The National Conference for Community and Justice, New Jersey Region, 2004
    Seventy-Fifth Anniversary Alumni Award, University of Bridgeport, 2003
    Alain Daniels Civic Award, Common Cause New Jersey 2003
    Chairman‟s Award, New Jersey Network, 2002
    Medal of Saint Benedict‟s, Saint Benedict‟s Preparatory School, Newark, New Jersey, 2000
    Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching/CASE New Jersey Professor of the Year, 1999
    Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Bridgeport, 1999
    Paul Robeson History Award, Paul Robeson Cultural Center, Rutgers University, 1999
    City News 100 Most Influential in New Jersey Award, City News Publishing Company, 1998
    The Alice Paul Humanitarian Award, State of New Jersey, 1997
    Role Model Award, St. Philip‟s Academy, Newark, New Jersey, 1997
    Doctor of Humane Letters, The William Paterson College of New Jersey, 1996
    Richard J. Hughes Award, New Jersey Historical Commission, 1996
    Public Programming Award, New Jersey Council for the Humanities, 1995

  • Expertise

    African-American History and Culture; United States Urban and Social History; Modern American Cultural History; New Jersey History; Public History, and American Race Relations

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