Public Scholarship

Michigan Daily March 1965

Austin McCoy papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan (Finding Aid)

Public History:
Researcher and writer, Voices of the Civil War Episode 1:  “The Original Sin, Part 1,” Charles H. Wright Museum for African American History, Detroit, MI.

Voices of the Civil War Episode 2:  “The Original Sin, Part 2.”

“Seeing the Civil War from the Black Perspective,” Arts of Citizenship Blog, June 29, 2011.

Selected Online Writing:
“The Riots Goin’ On:  Media and the Riots:  1968 and now,” The Common Reader, July 23, 2018

“White liberals love political rap — when the rapper is white,” The Washington Post (2017)

“In the Wake of Charlottesville, Let’s Call for Structural Transformation,” Truth-Out, August 15, 2017

“Resisting Rust: Campaigns Against Plant Closings & the Call for Economic Democracy in the U.S. during the 1970s and 1980s,” Social History Blog, February 2016.

Black Perspectives
“Progressive Movements and the Importance of Failure,” May 10, 2018

“Transformative Anti-Racist Politics at the University of Michigan,” October 17, 2017.

“Conjuring the Black Radical Tradition,” November 2016

See my author Black Perspectives author page for more posts.

Nursing Clio
“’Serving the People’: A Review of The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution,” February 16, 2016

An Interview with Historian Heather Ann Thompson (Part 2),”  November 5, 2015.

“An Interview with Historian Heather Ann Thompson (Part 1),”  November 3, 2015.

“Surviving While Black in America: A Review of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me,”  August 25, 2015.

“Police Brutality, Mental Illness, and Race in the Age of Mass Incarceration,” June 30, 2015.

“Learning from Lyndon: How America Should Respond to Ferguson,”  September 16, 2014

“’Unbought and Unbossed’ at 40: Remembering Shirley Chisholm’s 1972 Presidential Campaign,” September 28, 2012.

See my Nursing Clio author page for more writing.

“Black Lives Matter to Labor,” Counterpunch, September 7, 2015.

“Brelo Decision Presents a Crucial Organizing Moment for Young Black Clevelanders,”, June 5, 2015

“The Logic of Rebellion,” Counterpunch, May 4, 2015.

Diversity on Campus
“Guest Column: UM President Should ‘Close the Gap in Trust’ — Faculty Member,” Deadline Detroit, February 9, 2017

“POC Campus Activism Bibliography,”

Garrett Felber & Austin McCoy, “The Meaning of Declining Black Enrollment at the University of Michigan,”, December 10, 2014.

Garrett Felber & Austin McCoy, “Viewpoint: Student protest and affirmative action,” Michigan Daily, October 15, 2013.

Hip Hop
“Hip Hop Breaks Silence on Mental Silence: Pharoahe Monch’s Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder,” Nursing Clio, May 2014.

“Don Lemon, Jay Z, and the Dilemmas of Black Bourgeois Politics,” Nursing Clio, August 7, 2013.

“Fight for Your Right to Party?”: The Politics of Hip Hop’s “Funky Ass Jews,” Another Level, August 17, 2012.

“Holding it Down for Women: Nicki Minaj and the Problem of Gender Inequity in Hip Hop,” Nursing Clio, July 2012.

*Visit my former blog (Another Level) for a more comprehensive collection of my writing.