Tera W. Hunter
Tera W. Hunter is a professor in the History Department and the Center for African-American Studies who specializes in African-American history and gender in the 19th and 20th centuries. Her research has focused on African American women and labor in the South during that period. Her first book, To ‘Joy My Freedom: Southern Black Women’s Lives and Labors After the Civil War, focuses on the experiences of working-class women, especially domestic workers, in Atlanta and other southern cities from Reconstruction through the 1920s. A native of Miami, Professor Hunter attended Duke University where she graduated with Distinction in History. She received a M.Phil. in history from Yale University and a Ph.D. from Yale.
Bound in Wedlock is the first comprehensive history of African American marriage in the nineteenth century. Uncovering the experiences of African American spouses in plantation records, legal and court documents, and pension files, Tera W. Hunter reveals the myriad ways couples adopted, adapted, revised, and rejected white Christian ideas of marriage. Setting their own standards for conjugal relationships, enslaved husbands and wives were creative and, of necessity, practical in starting and supporting families under conditions of uncertainty and cruelty.
Robin D.G. Kelley
Robin D. G. Kelley, is the Gary B. Nash Professor of U.S. History at UCLA. His books include Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original (2009); Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times (2012); Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination (Beacon Press, 2002); Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists During the Great Depression (1990); Race Rebels: Culture Politics and the Black Working Class (1994); Yo’ Mama’s DisFunktional!: Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America (1997). He also edited (with Franklin Rosemont) Black, Brown, and Beige: Surrealist Writings from Africa and the African Diaspora (2009), recipient of an American Book Award; (with Stephen Tuck) The Other Special Relationship: Race, Rights and Riots in Britain and the United States (New York: Palgrave, 2015); (with Earl Lewis) To Make Our World Anew: A History of African Americans (Oxford University Press, 2000); and Walter Rodney’s Russian Revolution: A View from the Third World (Verso Books, forthcoming 2018). He is currently completing a biography of journalist, social critic, adventurer, and activist Grace Halsell (1923-2000). Kelley’s essays have appeared in several anthologies and publications, including The Nation, Monthly Review, Mondoweiss, The Voice Literary Supplement, New York Times (Arts and Leisure), New York Times Magazine, Color Lines, Counterpunch, African Studies Review, Black Music Research Journal, Callaloo, Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noir, Social Text, Metropolis, American Visions, Boston Review, American Historical Review, Journal of American History, New Labor Forum, and Souls, to name a few.
Lizzie Olesker (Co-Director) is a writer, performer, and director in New York City where she creates theatrical works inspired by social and personal history. Her plays include Dreaming Through History; Verdure; A Kind (of) Mother; andEmbroidered Past, seen at the Public Theater, Cherry Lane, Clubbed Thumb, Dixon Place, Here, and New Georges. Her solo performances include housework (St. Mark’s Church) and Infinite Miniature (Invisible Dog and Ohio Theater). Collaborations with other artists include the Talking Band (performing at La Mama and on international tour), Lenora Champagne (Tiny Lights) and upcoming with Louise Smith (Dorothy Lane). She’s received support from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Brooklyn Arts Council and the Dramatists Guild. She teaches playwriting at the New School and New York University where she’s active in the local UAW union for adjunct faculty.
Erica Armstrong Dunbar
Erica Armstrong Dunbar is the Charles and Mary Beard Professor of History at Rutgers University. Her first book, A Fragile Freedom: African American Women and Emancipation in the Antebellum City was published by Yale University Press in 2008. Her recent book Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave Ona Judge chronicles the life of Ona Judge, George and Martha Washington’s runaway slave who risked everything to escape the nation’s capital and reach freedom. This critically acclaimed work received a nomination for the National Book Award for Nonfiction. Dunbar is also the director of the Program in African American History at the Library Company in Philadelphia. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Ford Foundation, Social Science Research Council and the Mellon Foundation.
Corinne Field is Assistant Professor of Women, Gender & Sexuality at the University of Virginia. She is the author of The Struggle for Equal Adulthood: Gender, Race, Age, and the Fight for Citizenship in Antebellum America (University of North Carolina Press, 2014) and co-editor with Nicholas Syrett of Age in America: Colonial Era to the Present (New York University Press, 2015). Field is the co-founder of the History of Black Girlhood Network, an informal collaboration of scholars working to promote research into the historical experience of black girls, and she is a co-organizer of the Global History of Black Girlhood Conference to be held at the University of Virginia, March 17-18, 2017. Her current research investigates the history of generational conflict within Anglo-American feminism from the 1870s to the 1930s, focusing in particular on the deep connections between age prejudice and racial prejudice in arguments for women's empowerment. Field received her Ph.D. in American history from Columbia University and her B.A. from Stanford University. She has been a fellow at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia, the Huntington Library, and the Schlesinger Library.
Kali Nicole Gross
Kali Nicole Gross is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of History at Rutgers University – New Brunswick. Her research concentrates on black women’s experiences in the United States criminal justice system between the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She is author of the award-winning book, Colored Amazons: Crime, Violence and Black Women in the City of Brotherly Love, 1880-1910 (Duke 2016), and Hannah Mary Tabbs and the Disembodied Torso: A Tale of Race, Sex, and Violence in America (Oxford 2016), winner of 2017 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Nonfiction. Dr. Gross's writing frequently explores how historical legacies of race, gender, and justice shape mass incarceration today. Dr. Gross has been featured on C-SPAN2’s Book TV, NPR, and a number of radio and television programs internationally and domestically. Her short essays and opinion pieces have been featured in BBC News, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, The Root, Warscapes, Ebony, Truthout, New Black Man (In Exile), The American Prospect, and Jet.
Cheryl D. Hicks
Cheryl D. Hicks is an Associate Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She holds a B.A. in American History from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. in American History from Princeton University. Her research addresses the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, and the law. She has published articles in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and the Journal of the History of Sexuality. Her first book, Talk With You Like a Woman: African American Women, Justice, and Reform in New York, 1890-1935 (University of North Carolina Press, 2010) received the 2011 Letitia Woods Brown Book Award from the Association of Black Women Historians and honorable mentions from both the 2011 John Hope Franklin Prize and the 2011 Darlene Clark Hine Prize. Her current project, “Black Enchantress”: Hannah Elias, Interracial Sex, Murder, and Civil Rights in Jim Crow New York” explores the shifting meanings of interracial sex, racial segregation, criminality, and black civil rights struggles in Gilded Age and Progressive Era America. She is the recipient of a 2017-2018 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia.
Talitha LeFlouria is the Lisa Smith Discovery Associate Professor in African and African-American Studies at the University of Virginia. She is a scholar of African American history, specializing in mass incarceration; modern slavery; race and medicine; and black women in America. She is the author of Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South (UNC Press, 2015). This book received several national awards including: the Darlene Clark Hine Award from the Organization of American Historians (2016), the Philip Taft Labor History Award from the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations & Labor and Working-Class History Association (2016), the Malcolm Bell, Jr. and Muriel Barrow Bell Award from the Georgia Historical Society (2016), the Best First Book Prize from the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders, and Sexualities (2015), the Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Book Prize from the Association of Black Women Historians (2015), and the Ida B. Wells Tribute Award from the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (2015). Her work has been featured in the Sundance nominated documentary, Slavery by Another Name as well as C-SPAN. Her written work and expertise has been profiled in Ms. Magazine, The Nation, Huffington Post, For Harriet, The New Tri-State Defender, ColorBlind Magazine, and several syndicated radio programs.Professor LeFlouria serves on the Board of Directors for Historians Against Slavery, the Association of Black Women Historians, and the Georgia Historical Quarterly. She is currently working on a study of race, medicine, and mass incarceration.
Amrita Chakrabarti Myers
Amrita Chakrabarti Myers earned her doctorate in US History from Rutgers University, specializing in African American History and Women’s History. A historian of black women, her work examines the intersections of race, gender, power, & freedom. Dr. Myers has been the recipient of several awards, including a 2017 fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies; the 2012 Julia Cherry Spruill Book Prize from the Southern Association of Women Historians; the 2011 Anna Julia Cooper-C.L.R. James Book Prize from the National Council for Black Studies; and the 2009 Letitia Woods Brown Article Prize from the Association of Black Women Historians. Prof. Myers’ social justice work was recognized by Indiana University with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Building Bridges Award. In 2014, she helped to organize a symposium at IU on, “Rights and Retrospectives: The Civil Rights Act at 50.” In March 2015, she was the lead organizer of “It’s Not So Black and White: Talking Race, From Ferguson to Bloomington,” a Black Lives Matter Teach-In. This past March, she organized a Teach-In that highlighted sister-scholar Kali Gross entitled, “Violent Intersections: Women of Color in the Age of Trump.” Off campus, Myers is regularly interviewed by the media, is a co-anchor for WFHB’s African American Radio Show, “Bring It On!” and is one of the founders of Btown Justice, a community organization that functions as social justice information clearing house, standing in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Her first book, Forging Freedom: Black Women and the Pursuit of Liberty in Antebellum Charleston, was published by UNC Press in 2011. Dr. Myers is now writing her second book, “Remembering Julia: A Tale of Sex, Race, Power, and Place.” She is Ruth N. Halls Associate Professor of History and Gender Studies at Indiana University.
Deborah McDowell is the Alice Griffin professor of Literary Studies. and director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies, at the University of Virginia. She is the author of numerous books and articles including Leaving Pipe Shop: Memories of Kin (1997) and "The Changing Same": Studies in Fiction by Black-American Women (1995). Her work has been supported by numerous fellowships and grants including the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ford Foundation and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Lynne Sachs makes films, installations, performances and web projects that explore the intricate relationship between personal observations and broader historical experiences by weaving together poetry, collage, painting, politics and layered sound design. Strongly committed to a dialogue between cinematic theory and practice, she searches for a rigorous play between image and sound, pushing the visual and aural textures in her work with every new project. As seen in Your Day is My Night (2013) and The Washing Society (co-directed with Lizzie Olesker, 2018) - both films and live performances - her recent work embraces a hybrid form combining the non-fiction, experimental and fiction modes. In the words of NYC artist Kelly Spivey, “Lynne allows her real film ‘characters’ to explore storytelling from various subjectivities, various selves and other-selves, opening up, perhaps ironically, a more authentic portrayal of being alive during a specific time, in a specific situation or place. We learn that to burrow down into our ability to imagine another’s pain or joy, and then to perform these as part of our own exploration for the camera, yields a deeper intimacy than if we’d simply ‘told the truth.’ Lynne Sachs’s work can best be epitomized by her interests in intimacy, collaboration and space. Her work often presents her own poetry, making the audience aware of her unique, and probing curiosity about others. Intimacy is also expressed by the way she uses a camera. Textures, objects, places, reflections, faces, hands, all come so close to us in her films. Finally, her work looks for truths in forgotten nooks and crannies, allowing her films to ‘talk nearby instead of talk about’ as her friend and mentor Trinh T. Minh Ha would say.” Lynne has made over 25 films that have screened at venues such as the New York Film Festival, the Sundance Film Festival and Toronto’s Images Festival. Her work has also been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney, Walker Art Center, the Wexner Center for the Arts and other venues nationally and internationally. The Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema, Festival International Nuevo Cine in Havana and the China Women’s Film Festival have all presented retrospectives of Lynne’s films. Lynne was the recipient of a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship in the Creative Arts. Lynne holds an MFA in Film from the San Francisco Art Institute, an MA in Cinema from San Francisco State University, and a BA in History from Brown University. She has taught at New York University, Princeton, Hunter College, The New School, and the University of California, Berkeley.
Jasmine Holloway (AEA) is a New York based singer/actress. New York Credits include: (Off Broadway) Soho Reperatory Theatre' Generations, Harlem Reperatory Theatre's productions of The Wiz, In The Heights, Tambourines To Glory, Finian's Rainbow and Flahooley. Jasmine also had the honor of performing the Finale Song of The Color Purple at Carnegie Hall this summer with the Broadway cast of The Color Purple for Paramount Picture's movie, Florence Foster Jenkins. From 2015 to 2017, she performed as a member of the 1881 Atlanta Washing Society in the live film performance EVERY FOLD MATTERS and the film THE WASHING SOCIETY both of which were co-directed by Lizzie Olesker and Lynne Sachs.
Justene Hill Edwards
Justene Hill Edwards, an Assistant Professor in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia, is a scholar of African-American history, specializing in the history of slavery. She received her doctorate in History from Princeton University in 2015. She also holds an M.A. in African New World Studies from Florida International University and a B.A. in Spanish from Swarthmore College. Hill Edwards was a Consortium Fellow at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and a Quin Morton Teaching Fellow in Princeton University’s Writing Center. Her dissertation, “’Felonious Transactions: The Legal Culture and Business Practices of Slave Economies in South Carolina, 1787-1860,” was a finalist for the C. Vann Woodward Prize from the South Historical Association, a finalist for the SHEAR Dissertation Prize from the Society for Historians on the Early American Republic, and a finalist for the Herman E. Krooss Dissertation Prize from the Business History Conference. Her scholarship has been supported by the Program in American Studies at Princeton University, the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University, the Program in International and Regional Studies at Princeton University, and the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia.
Crystal N. Feimster
Crystal N. Feimster, a native of North Carolina, is an associate professor in the Department of African American Studies, the American Studies Program and History Department at Yale University, where she teaches a range of courses in 19th and 20th century African American history, women’s history, and southern history. She has also taught at Boston College, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Princeton. She earned her Masters Degree and Ph. D. in history from Princeton University and her BA in History and Women’s Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill. Her manuscript, Southern Horrors: Women and the Politics of Rape and Lynching (Harvard University Press, 2009), examines the roles of both black and white women in the politics of racial and sexual violence in the American South. She is currently working on two book projects: Sexual Warfare: Rape and the American Civil War and Truth Be Told: Rape and Mutiny in Civil War Louisiana.
Sarah Haley is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Gender Studies and African American Studies at the University of California Los Angeles. She is the Author of No Mercy Here: Gender, Punishment, and the Making of Jim Crow Modernity (UNC Press, 2016). This groundbreaking study landmark history of black women’s imprisonment in the South, this book recovers stories of the captivity and punishment of black women to demonstrate how the system of incarceration was crucial to organizing the logics of gender and race, and constructing Jim Crow modernity. It has received numerous prizes including the Joan Kelly Memorial Prize from the American Historical Association (2017), the Lora Romero First Book Publication Prize from the American Studies Association (2017), Willie Lee Rose and Julia Cherry Spruill Prizes from the Southern Association of Women’s Historians (2017), the Letitia Woods Brown Book Award, Association of Black Women Historians (2016) and the Sara W. Whaley Prize from the National Women’s Studies Association (2016).
Jennifer Dominique Jones
Jennifer Dominique Jones is a member of the inaugural cohort of LSA Collegiate Postdoctoral Fellows at the University of Michigan and affiliated the Department of History. Her areas of research and teaching expertise are African American History after 1877, with a focus on politics and social life and the History of Gender and Sexuality in the United States in the Twentieth Century with a focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) politics and community life. Her book monograph, Queering An American Dilemma: Sexuality, Gender and African American Political Organizing, 1945-1993 (under advance contract with University of North Carolina Press), examines how discrimination against LGBTQ Americans (and contestations of such inequality) substantively shaped black liberal political strategies and black-white race relations during the last half of the twentieth century.
Rebecca Kluchin is a Professor of History at California State University, Sacramento. She is the author of Fit to Be Tied: Sterilization and Reproductive Rights in America, 1950-1980 (Rutgers University Press, 2009), which won the Francis Richardson Keller- Sierra Award for best monograph from the Western Association of Women’s Historians. A scholar of women’s health and medicine, she has published articles on gender and disability as well as abortion. Currently, Dr. Kluchin is working on a manuscript titled, Pregnancy and Personhood: The Maternal-Fetal Relationship in America, 1850-the Present, a history of efforts to establish fetal personhood in America and the impact of these efforts on pregnant women’s decision-making abilities.
Lisa Levenstein is Associate Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is the author of A Movement Without Marches: African American Women and the Politics of Poverty in Postwar Philadelphia (UNC Press, 2009), which was co-winner of the Kenneth Jackson Book Award from the Urban History Association and received an Honorable Mention for the Frederick Jackson Turner Award from the Organization of American History. Levenstein writes pieces on women’s activism in the postwar United States for both academic and popular audiences. She has held fellowships from the American Association of University Women, the Center for African American Urban Studies and the Economy, the National Humanities Center, and the American Council of Learned Societies. Her current book project is on multiracial US feminism in the 1990s and beyond (under contract with Basic Books).
Jessie B. Ramey
Jessie B. Ramey, Ph.D., is the Founding Director of the Women’s Institute at Chatham University and Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies. She is a historian of gender, race, working families, and U.S. social policy. Her book, Child Care in Black and White: Working Parents and the History of Orphanages (University of Illinois Press, 2012), won the Lerner-Scott Prize in women’s history from the Organization of American Historians, the Herbert G. Gutman Prize from the Labor and Working-Class History Association, and the John Heinz Award from the National Academy of Social Insurance. She received a New Faculty Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Iris Marion Young Award for Political Engagement from the University of Pittsburgh in recognition of her work on public education policy. Dr. Ramey was also the Founding Director of the Undergraduate Research Office at Carnegie Mellon University; co-founder of Flying Pig Theatre, which produced new plays by women playwrights; and Assistant Director at the New York Community Trust / Westchester Community Foundation where she directed the Women and Girls Fund. She earned a BA with honors in Social History from Carnegie Mellon University, an MA in Women’s History from Sarah Lawrence College, and an MA and Ph.D. in History from Carnegie Mellon University.