Dr. Jim C. Harper, II is the department of History Chairman at North Carolina Central University. In this role, Harper will supervise all ASALH programs and grants, as well as the association’s annual conference and luncheon. He will also oversee ASALH publications, including the Journal of African American History, Black History Month Bulletin, FIRE: The MultimediaJournal of Black Studies, ASALH Press and the Black History Month Kit. Harper currently serves on its executive council and is a member of its Wesley-Logan Prize Committee. He has been a member of the association for 15 years.
Harper's numerous awards include the 2014 University of North Carolina Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2012 Chairman’s Choice Letitia Woods Brown Article Award from the Association of Black Women Historians.
Harper has authored numerous manuscripts and articles during his career. In 2006, he wrote Western-Educated Elites in Kenya, 1900-1963: The African American Factor, hailed by academic reviewers for its insight into African/African-American links as well as the history of Pan-African movements.
His research interests include connections between Africans and African-Americans during the 19th and 20th centuries and African students in the United States. Currently, Harper is working on a manuscript covering the life of John Harding Lucas, an education administrator who was heavily involved in the integration of Durham (N.C.) Public Schools and of teacher associations throughout the country. Harper is also producing a full-length documentary on the Civil Rights Movement in Durham.
Harper received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from NCCU and doctorate in history from Howard University.