Robert F. Jefferson, Jr. is an Associate Professor of History at the University of New Mexico. His research focuses on the relationship between race, gender, and citizenship in Twentieth Century United States history. He is the author of Fighting for Hope: African Americans and the Ninety-third Infantry Division in World War II and Postwar America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008) which was nominated for the William Colby Book Prize and is currently working on two books, the first titled The Color of Disability: Vasco Hale and Twentieth Century America and a second monograph titled American Negritude: Will Mercer Cook, the American Society of African Culture, and the Politics of Liberation, 1957-1968. He has written extensively on the relationship between African American GIs and their communities during the Second World War and the Black Panther Party, and has written articles that have appeared in Oral History and Public Memories (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2008), the Journal of Family History, the Annals of Iowa,Quaderni Storici (Bologna), Contours: A Journal of the African Diaspora, and the Historian.
He also holds memberships in the American Historical Association, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, the National Council of Black Studies, and is a participating speaker in the Organization of American Historians’ Distinguished Lectureship Program.