Welcome Back!

If you’re like me, you had a busy summer. I finally relocated to Connecticut from Florida and you can typically find me Tuesday-Thursday in Babbidge Library. Now that I’ve settled into New England life, I’m looking forward to attending Africana & African studies events once the academic year gets into full swing.
Professionally, my summer was quite eventful. Here’s a little bit about what I’ve been up to:

Recent Acquisitions

A selection of new titles at the UConn Library you may have missed!
  • African Americans and community engagement in higher education: community service, service-learning, and community-based research (Evans, 2009)
  • African American cinema through Black lives consciousness (Reid, 2019)
  • African Diaspora: Slavery, Modernity, and Globalization (Falola, 2013)
  • Assata Taught Me State Violence, Racial Capitalism, and the Movement for Black Lives (Murch, 2022)
  • At the heart of it all?: discourses on the reproductive rights of African American women in the 20th century (Overbeck, 2019)
  • Black butterfly: the harmful politics of race and space in America (Brown, 2021)
  • Black interdictions: Haitian refugees and antiblack racism on the high seas (Kretsedemas, 2022)
  • Critical Black Pedagogy Reader: the Brothers Speak (Pitre, 2019)
  • Dark side of the criminal justice system: war crimes & the Black community, 1960-1990 (Morris, 2022)
  • Ensuring inequality: the structural transformation of the African-American family (Franklin, 2015)
  • Mark of slavery: disability, race, and gender in antebellum America (Barclay, 2021)
  • More than our pain: affect and emotion in the era of Black Lives Matter (Hinderliter & Peraza, 2021)
  • Moving spaces: Creolisation and mobility in Africa, the Atlantic and Indian Ocean (Berthet et al, 2019)
  • People get ready: African American and Caribbean cultural exchange (Meehan, 2009)
  • Philosophy of African American studies: nothing left of blackness (Ferguson, 2015)
  • Post traumatic slave syndrome: America's legacy of enduring injury and healing (DeGruy, 2017)
  • Race and medicine in nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century America (Savitt, 2007)
  • Streets belong to us: sex, race, and police power from segregation to gentrification (Fischer, 2022)
  • Struggle for black history: foundations for a critical black pedagogy in education (Pitre et al, 2008)
  • Toxic debt: an environmental justice history of Detroit (Rector, 2022)
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Purchase Requests

The UConn Library now has an annual budget dedicated to Africana & African Studies collection development.
  • Who can request library purchases?
    • Anyone! — students, staff, faculty, community members
  • What types of materials can be requested?
    • Print and electronic books, films (DVDs, streaming)
  • What types of materials cannot be requested?
    • Databases, journal subscriptions
  • How to submit requests?
    • Click on the ‘Request a Purchase’ button below to use the Library’s online form system, or send me an email directly if you are requesting multiple items
For questions, email me at
You can also refer to the Library’s collection development policy
Request a Purchase
As the new academic year kicks off, remember that as your librarian I am here to help connect you with valuable library services and resources:
  • Library instruction (virtual and in-person) for Africana & African Studies courses to help your students better navigate the research process and utilize library collections
  • Consultation on course & assignment development with library collection & resource integration
  • Liaison support with course reserves, keeping you up to date with library workflows, policies, and practices
  • Research consultations to support information and discovery for your own scholarly activities
Request Instruction
Please also remember to refer your students and classes to the library for virtual or in-person assistance through access to online resources and tools. Students can also get one-on-one help at the iDesk, via chat, or by contacting me. 

Library student services and resources to know about: 
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Contact Me

Stephanie Birch
Africana & African Studies Librarian

Babbidge Library, Level 1
Pronouns: she/her/hers

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