My name is Sharony Green. This fall, I am teaching American Swagger (HY 306).
Come learn how we became a nation filled with people with attitude. Historicize the ties between Miami and Alabama football. Get ready for that Sept. 4 game. Did I tell you I love Tide football, but grew up in Miami and attended the U when we were winning national championships in the 1980s? Talk about a divided household.
Some more about me: I am an Associate Professor of History at the University of Alabama and the 2020 recipient of the PEN Jean Stein Grant for Literary Oral History. This award helped me complete interviews with residents in a little-known greater Miami community known as “the Baa Haas.” That project has been folded into my forthcoming book exploring the across time power of people of African descent on the Florida peninsula. This research includes attention to the rise of the University of Miami football program during the 1980s and my family’s migration to Miami, Florida, from the U.S. South and the Bahamas.
In Spring 2021, I was a Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow at Chicago’s Newberry Library. During this time, I completed research for a forthcoming book tracing Zora Neale Hurston’s under-studied 1947-48 visit to Honduras.
My first historical monograph was sparked by my interest in the hidden “intimacies” between African Americans and white Americans before the Civil War. I addressed this project via a roundtable discussion between me, Trudier Harris, Lisa Ze-Winters and the New York Times bestselling author Dolen Perkins-Valdez. Learn more via this public talk that was presented at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Scholarly reviews of this book are available here. Here is my CV.
My scholarly publications can be seen here.
Media coverage of my writings is here.
One running thread throughout all of my work is my deep interest how human beings encounter one another in complicated ways. I addressed this issue in part via an interview on ESPN’s SportsCenter and Radio Lab. My other professional interests include film and art. Events in which I have participated are listed here.
I embrace interdisciplinary approaches grounded in historical methods as made evident in my teaching, research and service. Such an approach poses tensions with discoveries made while I earned a graduate in degree in dance following a career as a journalist, and prior to my pursuit of a doctoral degree in History. My recent journeys include an artist residency in Iceland