Souls, A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society at UIC


Souls is a quarterly interdisciplinary journal founded in 1999 and published by Taylor & Francis. It is housed in the African American Studies department of the University of Illinois at Chicago and edited by historian and activist Barbara Ransby. Other AAST Faculty serving in the editorial advisory board include: Michelle Boyd, Lynnette A. Jackson, Cedric Johnson, Helen Jun, Beth Richie, and David Stovall.
The journal was inspired by two academic publication projects initiated by W.E.B. Du Bois: The Atlanta University Series of annual research readers published in the late 19th-early 20th century; and Phylon journal, founded by Du Bois at Atlanta University in 1940. Its strategic objective is to use Du Boisian social and political theory as a starting point for examining the radical potential of the field of African-American Studies. The journal explores the intellectual debates that are central to the work of scholars and activists, challenging our understanding of history, politics, social theory, and culture in ways that create new possibilities for a democratic praxis and pursuit of social justice. Produced in the spirit of the intellectual activism of W. E. B. Du Bois, Souls presents creative and challenging interpretations of the key issues now being confronted by scholars of modern black diaspora.

For more information about the critical journal, please visit the official SOULS website.

For general questions concerning the journal, or submission requirements feel free to contact:

Marco Durce Roc
Managing Editor

Mailing Address:

SOULS: A Critical Journal of Black Culture, Politics, and Society
Department of African American Studies (MC 069)
University of Illinois at Chicago
601 S. Morgan St.
Chicago, Illinois 60607