Angela D. Dillard is the Richard A. Meisler Collegiate Professor of Afroamerican & African Studies and in the Residential College. She has taken on a number of academic administrative roles, including serving as LSA’s the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education from January 2015 to August 2019. She is currently on sabbatical.
Dillard is an interdisciplinary scholar trained in history and political theory with a PhD in American Studies, from the UM’s Department of American Culture. She specializes in American and African-American intellectual history, particularly around issues of race, religion and politics — on both the Left and the Right sides of the political spectrum.
Her first book, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Now?: Multicultural Conservatism in America (NYU Press, 2001) was among the first critical studies of conservative political thought among African Americans, Latinos, women and homosexuals. Her second book, Faith in the City: Preaching Radical Social Change in Detroit (University of Michigan Press, 2007), focuses on the interconnections of religion and political radicalism in Detroit from the 1930s to the 1960s. Both books reflect Professor Dillard’s interests in the study of political ideologies — how they emerge, how they get deployed in the context of political movements, and how they change over the course of time.
She is currently at work on a new book on Civil Rights Conservatism, which explores the (sometimes surprising) intersections between the civil rights movement and the rise of the New Right from the 1960s to the present. She recently delivered here Collegiate Lecture at the U-M. You can access the video here.
Please feel free to use this website to explore Professor Dillard’s published work–under “Publications.” Tabs and links are also available for her work with the “Detroit School” of Urban Studies – a collaborative research initiative based at the University of Michigan – as well as her efforts on behalf of various civic and community engagement initiatives.