Dr. Randal Jelks is Professor of American Studies and African-American Studies at the University of Kansas. He holds appointments in the departments of History and Religious Studies, and is Co-Editor of the journal American Studies.
Dr. Jelks is also the author of two award-winning books. His works include African Americans in the Furniture City: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Grand Rapids (The University of Illinois Press, 2006) and Benjamin Elijah Mays, Schoolmaster of the Movement: A Biography (University of North Carolina Press, 2012), which was awarded the 2013 Lillian Smith Book Award and the 2013 Literary Award, Black Caucus of the American Library Association. His most recent book is Faith and Struggle in the Lives of Four African Americans: Ethel Waters, Mary Lou Williams, Eldridge Cleaver, and Muhammad Ali.