Robert A. Bellinger, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of History
Director, Black Studies Program
Director, Clark Collection of African American Literature

Phone: 617-573-8121
Office: 73 Tremont St., Rm. 1044


  • PhD, Boston College
  • EdM, Harvard University
  • BA, Amherst College

Personal Statement

All history depends ultiimately upon its social purpose. This is why in the past it has been handed down by oral tradition and written chronicle...

(Paul Thompson, The Voices of the Past, p. 1)

Prof. Bellinger teaches classes in African American and American history, African Diasporan studies, and the history and culture of Senegal. His research interests include late 19th century African American history, West African history and Culture, and West African drum traditions. In addition to his teaching and research, Prof. Bellinger is also involved in training student teachers to teach history in the middle and secondary schools, working on the inclusion of African and African diasporan history and culture into school and university curriculums, and working with study abroad programs that provide students an international, cross-cultural enhancement of their academic work.

Programs and Research

Director, The Géwël Tradition Project, Dakar, Senegal
Director, Senegalese-American Student Teaching Program, Dakar, Senegal


Monuments, Memorials and Historic Sites, New England’s Visible Black History in Photographs. Photographs and Text by Robert A. Bellinger, Ph.D. AAHGS New England Chapter, Inc., 2018.

Book Projects

The Culture and History of the Géwël Tradition.

Ngéwël, A Photo History of the People and Traditions of the Sing Sing Family of Medina, Dakar, Senegal, West Africa.

Related Activities

Afriterra, Board of Directors
Interfuture, Inc., Board of Directors
The Gunnery School, Board of Trustees
Robbins House, Concord, MA, Advisory Committee
Salem United, Advisory Board
400th Commemoration Commission Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Commissioner


African American Historical and Genealogical Society
Association for the Study of African American Life and History
African Studies Association
MANDE Studies Association
West Africa Research Association
Massachusetts Colonial Society
Massachusetts Historical Society, Fellow
Colonial Society of Massachusetts, member
Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, member

Performance Groups

Soli Soma Jembe Orchestra (2001-present)
Trytone Creative Music Ensemble (1999-present)
Roots Uprising Dance Company (2002-present)
Tam Tam Gisé (2006-present)
International Manager, Sing Sing Juniors Sabar Drum and Dance Ensemble