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Tyina Steptoe

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison


A-516 Padelford
Box 354380
(206) 543-4488


Professional Biography

Tyina Steptoe is a historian of African American life and culture. Her work centers on race, class, and gender in the twentieth-century United States. She is currently working on a book-length manuscript exploring migration to Houston during the era of Jim Crow, and an article called “Jody’s Got Your Girl and Gone,” which focuses on sexuality, economics, and black folk expression. A former Ford Foundation fellow, Steptoe enjoys teaching outside of the classroom, and has helped coordinate several student-learning trips to the U.S. South and Southwest. She joined the faculty of the American Ethnic Studies department in 2008.

Selected Publications

“‘Jody’s Got Your Girl and Gone’: Gender, Autonomy, and the Erotic Trickster Tradition in African American Culture” (forthcoming)

 “An Ode to Country Music from a Black Dixie Chick,” The Oxford American, no. 54 (2006): pp. 26-7.

 Review of Imagining the African American West, by Blake Allmendinger, Montana: The Magazine of Western History (Autumn 2006): pp. 81-82.

Work In Progress

 Houston Bound: Migration, Culture and Race in the Western South, 1915-1960 (manuscript)

Teaching and Research Interests

African American studies; popular culture (folklore, music, and film); gender; comparative histories of race and ethnicity


AFRAM 101: Introduction to African American Studies

AFRAM/HSTAA 150: Introduction to African American History

AFRAM/HSTAA 270: The Jazz Age

AFRAM 272: History of the South Since the Civil War

AFRAM 498: African American Culture in the 20th Century

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