My name is Sharony Green. I am an Associate Professor of History at the University of Alabama. My current research project focuses on racial and spatial politics in and near South Florida. This query includes Zora Neale Hurston’s understudied postwar experiences in South Florida. I am also exploring the historical significance of her understudied postwar visit to Honduras.
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.
My first historical monograph was sparked by my interest in the hidden “intimacies” between African Americans and white Americans before the Civil War. Learn more via this podcast and this public talk. Scholarly reviews of that book are available here. Here is my CV. I am the 2020 recipient of the PEN Jean Stein Grant for Literary Oral History grant. I am also a 2020-2021 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Newberry Fellow.
One running thread throughout all of my work is my deep interest how human beings encounter one another. 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 am on research leave during the 2020-2021 school year.