Sterling Stuckey completed his undergraduate studies at Northwestern University, then taught elementary and high school in Chicago for six years. He later earned a doctoral degree in history from Northwestern where he was appointed Associate Professor in 1971 and Professor in 1977. Stuckey was Hill Foundation Visiting Research Professor at the University of Minnesota; Visiting Research Fellow at UCLA; Andrew Mellon Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford; Senior Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; and Fellow at the Humanities Research Institute, UC Irvine. Stuckey has published a number of books including Slave Culture: Nationalist Theory and the Foundations of Black America (1987), and Going Through the Storm: The Influence of African American Art in History (1994).
Sterling Stuckey's appearance at the Athenaeum is sponsored by the Athenaeum and the Office of Black Student Affairs in honor of the 100th anniversary of Paul Robeson's birthday.