Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
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.
“‘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