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Robin D.G. Kelley is the Gary B. Nash Professor of U.S. history at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the first African-American historian to have held the Harmsworth Chair of American History at Oxford University (2009-10) and is the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions for his research on the history of social movements in the United States, the African Diaspora, and Africa with particular emphasis on black intellectuals, music, visual culture, contemporary urban studies, organized labor, colonialism, Surrealism, and Marxism. His book Thelonius Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original (Free Press, 2009) was described in the New York Times Sunday Book Review as "extraordinary" and "heroically detailed," receiving several honors, including Best Book on Jazz and the Ambassador Award for Book of Special Distinction from the English-Speaking Union.
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