(Full Vita, updated February 2018 available here)
Ph. D., August 2010, History, University of North Carolina, Chapel, Hill, NC
Dissertation: Educational Reconstruction: African-American Education in the Urban South, 1865-1890. Advisor: Heather A. Williams
Major Field: United States History with concentration in African American, 19th Century United States, Civil War and Reconstruction
Second Field: Global History with an emphasis on Africa, African Diaspora and Atlantic World
M.A., May 2003, History, Tufts University, Medford, MA
Thesis: “I feel so anxious to learn”: The Role of African Americans in Virginia’s Educational Reconstruction, 1865-1877.
Advisor: Gerald R. Gill
B.A., May 1999, History with Departmental Honors, Africana Studies Minor, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA
Senior Thesis: Free Black Resistance in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, 1804-1851.
Assistant Professor of History, Department of Gender and Race Studies, The University of Alabama, August 2014-present.
- The Civil War Lives: Race, Memory and the Politics of Reunion (undergraduate)
- 19th Century Black Women’s Activism (undergraduate and graduate)
- 19th Century Black History (undergraduate)
- Slavery and Emancipation in the United States (graduate)
- Southern Black Education History (undergraduate and graduate)
- Memory, Identity and Politics (graduate)
- Myth of Absence (co-teaching with UA Honors College undergraduate students)
- Black Intellectual Thought (undergraduate)
- Power and Resistance (graduate)
- Masters’ Theses Committees (non-chair)
- Doctoral Dissertation Committees (non-chair)
Assistant Professor of History, Elizabeth City State University, Elizabeth City, NC, August 2010 to July 2014.
- Educational Reconstruction: African American Schools in the Urban South, 1865-1890, New York. Fordham University Press, April 2016.
- Lest We Forget: African American Memory of the Civil War, in process of researching and drafting
Articles and Book Chapters
- “At Freedom’s Margins: Race, Disability, Violence and the Brewer Orphan Asylum in Southeastern North Carolina, 1865-1872,” Journal of North Carolina Association of Historians 24 (October 2016): 1-22.
- Spragley, Kelvin, Hilary Green, Rebecca Seaman, "Engaging Students in the History Classroom: More Than Just Documentary Research," Journal of North Carolina Association of Historians 23 (November 2015): 19-28.
- “African Americans’ Struggle for Education, Citizenship and Freedom, in Mobile, Alabama, 1865-1868,” in Confederate Cities: The Urban South During the Civil War Era, ed. Andrew L. Slap and Frank Towers (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015), 215-236.
- Reed, Charles, Rebecca Seaman, Hilary Green, and Ted Mitchell, “Technological Trends in History Education,” Journal of the North Carolina Association of Historians 20 (July 2012): 29-48.
Articles in Progress
- “Persistence of Memory: Rural African American Memory in a Pennsylvania Community,” Reconciliation after Civil Wars: Global Perspectives, ed. Paul Quigley and Jim Hawdon, Routledge, forthcoming July 2018.
- "Typhoid and Other Diseases in the Spanish-American War" in Epidemics and War: The Impact of Disease on Major Conflicts in History, ed. Rebecca Seaman. ABC-Clio, forthcoming April 2018.
- “Destination Navy Hill: Tourism and African American Education in Post-Emancipation Richmond, Virginia,” Journal of the North Carolina Association of Historians, forthcoming Fall 2018.
- “Revisiting African Americans’ Struggle for Public Schools, Journal of Urban History, accepted November 1, 2016.
- "CLAW 2018 Conference: A Preview of Freedoms Gained and Lost," Muster, March 2, 2018, https://journalofthecivilwarera.org/2018/03/claw-2018-conference-preview-freedoms-gained-lost/
- “Calls to Action: Civil War Era Songs of Joseph R. Winters,” Muster, February 20, 2018, https://journalofthecivilwarera.org/2018/02/calls-action-civil-war-era-songs-joseph-r-winters/.
- “Reconstruction Scholars’ Public Engagement: Why it Matters,” Muster, December 22, 2017, https://journalofthecivilwarera.org/2017/12/reconstruction-scholars-public-engagement-matters/.
- “Teaching Slavery and Its Legacy Offers Unique Possibilities,” Teaching Hub, December 13, 2017, https://teachinghub.as.ua.edu/faculty-blog/teaching-slavery-and-its-legacy-offers-unique-possibilities/.
- “Teaching Reconstruction: Some Strategies That Work,” Muster, October 6, 2017, https://journalofthecivilwarera.org/2017/10/teaching-reconstruction-strategies-work/.
Encyclopedia Entries, Sidebars and Other Publications
- “’Three Cheers for the Red, White, and Blue #17’: Reflections,” in Freedom? Selections from the Paul R. Jones Collection, exhibition catalog, eds. Dalila Scruggs, and Stephanie Kirkland (Tuscaloosa: Paul R. Jones Gallery, 2017), 40-41.
- Green, Hilary and the Dictionary of Virginia Biography, “Ralza Morse Manly (1822-1897),” Encyclopedia Virginia. Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, January 14, 2015, http://www.encyclopediavirginia.org/Manly_Ralza_M_1822-1897.
- “Beach Institute/American Missionary Association,” Slavery and Freedom in Savannah, edited by Daina R. Berry and Leslie Harris (Athens: University of Georgia Press, February 2014), 174-175.
- “Exploring Communities and Public History in North Carolina: Section Editor’s Introduction,” The Journal of North Carolina Association of Historians 21 (November 2013): 49-50. (Published in Spring 2014 and post-dated to 2013 date).
- “Education,” Enslaved Women in America: An Encyclopedia, edited by Daina R. Berry and Deleso Alford (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, June 2012).
- “In Memoriam”: Death, Memorial Services and the Collective Memory of Richmond Colored Normal, 1881-1913,” Conference Proceedings of the 2012 Hawaii University International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, HI, January 8-10, 2012.
- “An Icon Transformed,” North Carolina Humanities Council Newsletter, July 12, 2011, http://www.nchumanities.org/galleries/icon-transformed.
- “Full Circle,” An Icon Transformed: The Metamorphosis of an Old Cary School into a New Arts Center (Cary, NC: Town of Cary Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources, 2011).
Recent Published Book Reviews and Review Essays
- Review of Schooling in the Antebellum South: The Rise of Private and Public Education in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. By Sarah Hyde. Journal of Civil War Era (March 2018): 134- 136.
- Review of Gender and the Jubilee: Black Freedom and the Reconstruction of Citizenship in Civil War Missouri by Sharon Romeo, Journal of Southern History 84 (February 2018): 184-186.
- Review of Sarah H. Case, Leaders of Their Race: Educating Black and White Women in the New South, H-SHGAPE, H-Net Reviews, February 2018.
- “Educating Imperial Citizens: New Perspectives of Race, Nation, Empire, and American Public Schools,” Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 16 (July 2017): 368-371.
- Review of Ku-Klux: The Birth of the Klan during Reconstruction. By Elaine Franz Parsons, Civil War History 63, no. 2 (June 2017): 202-204.
- “Booker T. Washington High School: Revisiting Education and Black Politics in Atlanta,” Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 16 (January 2017): 105-106.
- Review of Too Great a Burden to Bear: The Struggle and Failure of the Freedmen’s Bureau in Texas by Christopher B. Bean. The Civil War Monitor (January 2017), http://civilwarmonitor.com/book-shelf/bean-too-great-a-burden-to-bear-2016.
- “Slave Marronage: Space, Identity and Resistance in Early North American Empires,” History: Review of New Books 44 (February 2016): 31-33.
- Review of Johnson, Walter. River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom. H-Empire, H-Net Reviews, November 2015.
- Review of Colored Cosmopolitanism: The Shared Struggle for Freedom in the United States and India by Nico Slate, H-Empire, H-Net Reviews, July 2014.
Recent Conference Presentations
- “Implementing Black Public Schools: Opposition and Shifting Protest Strategies in Mobile, Alabama,” Presented at CLAW 2018 Freedom Gained and Lost: Reinterpreting Reconstruction in the Atlantic World, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, March 18, 2018.
- “Typhoid and the Spanish American War,” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Association of Historians, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC, March 2, 2018.
- “Locating Neal, Crawford, and Gabe,” Presented at “Why Diversity Matters” – A&S Diversity Day, Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa, AL, November 13, 2017.
- “The Lane Family: Race, Overlapping Networks, and the Persistence of Civil War Memory,” Presented at the 2017 Annual Conference of British American Nineteenth Century Historians (BrANCH), University of Warwick (UK), October 6-8, 2017.
- “The Blair Education Bill and the Death of Educational Reconstruction,” Presented at the 102nd Annual Meeting and Conference of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Hilton Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, September 29, 2017.
- “Roundtable – Decolonizing Methodologies: Recover and Access Amidst the Ruins,” Presented at DH2017, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, August 8-11, 2017.
- Participant, Author’s Workshop for Reconciliations after Civil Wars: Global Perspectives, Held at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, August 6-8, 2017.
- Poster – “Lest We Forget: African Americans and Civil War Memory,” 2017 Faculty Research Day, Presented at University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, April 12, 2017.
- “Roundtable – Disrupting the Archive: Intersectionality and the Integration of the Digital Humanities in the Classroom,” Presented at Southeastern Women’s Studies Association (SEWSA) Conference, Crowne Plaza Midtown, Atlanta, GA, March 23-25, 2017.
- “Emancipation Day? Richmond and the Limits of Civil War Memory,” Presented at “Who Are We? Identity and Memory in Virginia,” The Virginia Forum, Norfolk State University, March 2-4, 2017.
- “Roundtable – Being a Person of Color in the Workplace,” Students of Color Leadership Summit, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, February 3, 2017.
- “Roundtable - Standing Up for the Future: Historicizing Education, Youth Activism and the Black Freedom Struggle,” Presented at 101st Annual Meeting and Conference of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), Richmond, VA, October 5-9, 2016.
- “Stolen: Seizure of African Americans, the Gettysburg Campaign, and Memory,” Presented at the 2016 Society for Civil War Historians Biennial Conference, Chattanoogan Hotel, Chattanooga, TN, June 2-4, 2016.
- “At Freedom’s Margins: Race, Disability, Violence and the Brewer Orphan Asylum in Southeastern North Carolina, 1865-1872,” Presented at the 2016 North Carolina Association of Historians Annual Meeting, North Carolina A&T, Greensboro, NC, April 1-2, 2016.
Recent Invited Talks/Workshops
- “Stolen But Not Forgotten,” To be Presented at Workshop Series 2017: American History, The University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, October 12, 2017.
- “Quality Public Schools: A Educational Legacy Worth Remembering,” Black History Month Lecture, Presented at the University of Alabama at Huntsville, Huntsville, AL, February 7, 2017.
- “Brown Bag – Researching Early African American Education History,” Presented at the University of Alabama at Huntsville, Huntsville, AL, February 7, 2017.
- “Hallowed Grounds: Slavery, the University of Alabama, and Alternate Campus Tours,” Presented at “The Ties That Bind: A Symposium on Slavery in Auburn,” Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, November 11, 2016.
- Interview appeared in Caroline Smith, "Memorials, museums and publicity honor Alabama civil rights heroes," The Crimson White, February 26, 2018.
- Interview appeared in “Charlottesville violence rekindles efforts to strip Confederate names from schools,” Politico, August 21, 2017.
- Interview appeared in “Gender and Race Studies professor researches UA’s links to slavery,” The Crimson White, February 16, 2017.
- Interview appeared in Charles Bethea, “Teaching Southern and Black History Under Trump,” The New Yorker, February 2, 2017.
- Interview appeared in Hannah Jones, “Diversity of Alabama and Paul Bryant High Honors,” WVUA 23, February 18, 2016.
- Interview appeared in Rebecca Rakowitz, “Hallowed Grounds Tour to show history of slavery at the University,” Crimson White, January 30, 2016.
- Interview appeared in Joseph Goodman, “Struggle for inclusion and equality at Mizzou resonates at Alabama,” Al.com, November 15, 2015.
Service to the Community/Profession
- Field Correspondent, Muster, online blog for the Journal of Civil War Era, September 2017-present
- Member, Tuscaloosa Civil Rights Task Force, Tuscaloosa, AL, April 2016-present.
- AP Table Leader, Long Answer, Annual Reading and Scoring of the College Board’s Advanced Placement US History Examinations, Tampa, June 2015-present.
- Core User, Mapping the Fourth of July in the Civil War Era: A Crowdsourced Digital Archive Workshop and Pilot, Virginia Center for Civil War Studies, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, training workshop for the Jan-June 2016 pilot to be held September 26-27, 2015.
- AP Reader, Annual Reading and Scoring of the College Board’s Advanced Placement US History Examinations, Louisville, KY, June 2011-June 2014.
Select Fellowships, Honors & Awards
- 2016 Lawrence Brewster Faculty Paper Award for “At Freedom’s Margins: Race, Disability, Violence and the Brewer Orphan Asylum in Southeastern North Carolina, 1866-1872,” North Carolina Association of Historians, August 2016.
- Participant and Travel Award, “Visual Culture of the American Civil War,” NEH Summer Institute for College and University Teachers, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, New York, NY, July 2012.
- “Scholarly Presentations 2011/12,” Department of History and Political Science, Elizabeth City State University, NC, May 2012.
- Doris G. Quinn Dissertation Fellowship, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 2009-2010.
- Off-Campus Dissertation Fellowship, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, Spring 2009.
- Mellon Research Fellowship, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, VA, 2008.
- African American Studies Fellowship, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, MA, 2007-2008.
- Summer Research Grant, Center for the Study of the American South, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2007.
- Outstanding Academic Performance, awarded by Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Tufts University, April 2003.
Current Professional and Civic Memberships
- Southern Historical Association, 2005-2010; 2016-present
- Black Faculty and Staff Association, University of Alabama, Fall 2014-present.
- Society of Civil War Historians, 2014-present.
- Association for the Study of African American Life and History, 2014-present
- North Carolina Association of History, 2012-present.
- American Historical Association, 2005-present.