As a professor Dr. Semmes earned awards for teaching, scholarship, and service to students. He is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. Among his publications are Cultural Hegemony and African American Development, which received a Choice award as an outstanding academic book; Racism, Health, and Post-Industrialism; Roots of Afrocentric Thought: A Reference Guide to Negro Digest/Black World, 1961-1976; and The Regal Theater and Black Culture. Semmes’s featured Routledge publication, The End of Black Studies: Conceptual, Theoretical, and Empirical Concerns, earned the 2017 Anna Julia Cooper & C.L.R. James Award For Outstanding Scholarly Publication in Africana Studies from the National Council for Black Studies.
Ph.D. Northwestern University, 1978
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Dr. Semmes’s areas of specialization are African American institutions, culture, and social Movements; African American popular and expressive culture; health systems and health behavior; alternative and nonmedical health practices; systemic inequality; comparative urban communities. His current research examines the critical role of a theatrical workforce in Black community development.
Alternative health and healing techniques, lifestyle and health, and community and institutional development.