Angela D. Dillard is the Earl Lewis Collegiate Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies and in the Residential College. She specializes in American and African-American intellectual history, particularly around issues of race, religion and politics — on both the Left and the Right sides of the political spectrum.
Her first book, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Now?: Multicultural Conservatism in America (NYU Press, 2001) was among the first critical studies of conservative political thought among African Americans, Latinos, women and homosexuals. Her second book, Faith in the City: Preaching Radical Social Change in Detroit (U of Michigan Press, 2007), focuses on the interconnections of religion and political radicalism in Detroit from the 1930s to the 1960s. Both books reflect Professor Dillard’s interests in the study of political ideologies — how they emerge, how they get deployed in the context of political movements, and how they change over the course of time. She is currently at work on a book, Civil Rights Conservatism, about unexpected “alliances” and “intersections” between the post-WWII civil rights movement and the rise of a New Right.
Dr. Dillard writes and speaks frequently on issues of race, religion and politics on both the Left and the Right sides of the political spectrum. Her work has appeared in such public forums as the New York Times, the Washington Post, Dissent, and the Chronicle of Higher Education and she has been a guest commentator on a variety of television and radio programs.
As Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education she is especially dedicate to promoting various forms of civic engagement and “high impact” educational practices (internships, field experiences, research opportunities, study abroad, capstone courses, learning communities and others) for all of LSA’s undergrad students.