Associate Professor; Donald W. Logan Family Endowed Chair in American History
African American; Women & Gender; Slavery; 19th century United States
Phone: (206) 616-2418
Office: SMI 103D
Office Hours: W 2:30-3:30 & By Appointment
Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, 1998.
New Studies in the History of American Slavery, edited with Edward E. Baptist. Athens, Georgia: The University of Georgia Press, 2006. Currently in its second printing.
Closer to Freedom: Enslaved Women and Everyday Resistance in the Plantation South . Chapel Hill and London: The University of North Carolina Press, 2004. Currently in its second printing.
- Winner, 2005 Annual Lillian Smith Book Award for New Voices in Non-Fiction, The Southern Regional Council and the University of Georgia Libraries.
- Honorable Mention, 2005 John Hope Franklin Prize, American Studies Association.
- Finalist, 2005 Washington State Book Award, Washington Center for the Book at The Seattle Public Library.
- Included in the Gender and American Culture series.
Peer-Reviewed Articles and Essays:
2007 “Ar’n’t I a Woman? and the History of Race and Sex in the U.S.” Part of “The History of Woman and Slavery: Considering the Impact of Ar'n't I a Woman? Female Slaves in the Plantation South on the Twentieth Anniversary of Its Publication” article by Daina Ramey Berry, Stephanie M.H. Camp, Leslie Harris, Barbara Krauthamer, Jessica Millward, Jennifer L. Morgan. Journal of Women’s History, 19, 2 (June 2007).
- Winner, 2007 Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Prize for the best article on black women’s history.
2002 “I Could Not Stay There’: Enslaved Women, Truancy, and the Geography of Everyday Forms of Resistance in the Antebellum Plantation South,” Slavery and Abolition, 23, 3 (December 2002). (Peer-reviewed.)
* Reprinted in: Nancy Hewitt and Kirsten Delegard, eds., Women, Families and Communities: Readings in American History (1994; Glenview, Ill.: Scott, Foresman/Little, Brown Higher Education, 2007).
2002 “The Pleasures of Resistance: Enslaved Women and Body Politics in the Plantation South, 1830-1861,” Journal of Southern History 68, 3 (August 2002). (Peer-reviewed.)
* Reprinted in J. William Harris, ed., The Old South: New Studies of Society and Culture (New York: Routledge, 2007).
* Reprinted in Vicky Ruiz, ed., Unequal Sisters (New York: Routledge, 2007).
* Reprinted in Edward E. Baptist and Stephanie M. H. Camp, eds., New Studies in the History of American Slavery ( Athens, Georgia: The University of Georgia Press, 2006).
Research in Progress
I am working on a book, Black Beauty: A History, about the history of black and white American ideas regarding the physical beauty of black people. The books spans about four centuries, beginning with early modern European ideas about beauty, ugliness, difference and Africans and ending in the late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century efforts to establish, and transcend, a belief that “Black is Beautiful.”