Nathan McCall

Senior Lecturer in the Department of African American Studies (on leave 2018 - 2019)

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Nathan McCall is a senior lecturer in the Department of African American Studies. He received his B.A. in Journalism from Norfolk State University. In 2008, he received a degree of Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at Martin University. Professor McCall has worked as a reporter and editor for newspapers, including The Washington Post, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Virginian Pilot-Ledger Star.

Professor McCall’s research interests center on white privilege, constructions of racial identities and the impact of those constructions on African Americans and other ethnic groups. He also explores media representations of ethnic minorities and trends in popular culture that reflect and promote social constructions of race.

On campus, Professor McCall has served in several student mentorship programs. Beyond Emory, he is a member of the National Action Network, an organization dedicated to social activism. He has lectured and conducted media interviews nationally and internationally.

Throughout his tenure, Professor McCall has taught several courses, including: 
"African American Images in the Media;"  
“Black Resistance Movements;”  
"News Coverage of Ethnic Minorities in America;" 
"South African History and Issues."

Professor McCall has published three books: His autobiography, Makes Me Wanna Holler: A Young Black Man in America (Random House, 1994) became a New York Times bestseller, and in 1995 was named Blackboard Book of the Year. His second book, What's Going On (Random House, 1997) featured essays exploring politics, race and culture. Professor McCall has also published a novel, titled Them (Atria Books, 2007). Them was cited by Publishers Weekly as one of the best books of 2007. The novel was nominated for several awards, including the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, the 2008 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction, and the 2008 Townsend Prize for Fiction, awarded to an outstanding novel or short-story collection published by a Georgia writer during the past two years.

Professor McCall recently was chosen to write the introduction to the classic edition of Manchild in the Promise Land, by Claude Brown (Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2011) and was a contributor to The Word: Black Writers Talk About the Transformative Power of Reading and Writing, edited by Marita Golden (Broadway Books, 2011).

Professor McCall has written numerous newspaper and online articles and is currently working on another novel and a short story collection. His website address is: