Robert A. Bellinger, PhD

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

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


  • PhD, Boston College
  • MEd, 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

Related Activities

Afriterra, Board of Directors

Interfuture, Inc., Board of Directors

JANBÉ, Board of Directors

Mirrors of Race, Board of Directors

Primary Source Teaching Africa Program, Advisory Board

History Department Education Advisor for Student Teachers


African American Historical and Genealogical Society

Association for the Study of African American Life and History

Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora

African Studies Association

MANDE Studies Association

West Africa Research Association

Massachusetts Colonial Society

American Historical Association

Massachusetts Historical Society, Fellow

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