My name is Sharony Green. 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. The grant helped me complete research for a project receiving inspiration in part from my childhood in South Florida where I descend from people from the U.S. South and Caribbean.
My experiences in South Florida and training as a historian inspire RAIN COME SOON, a screenplay that won first place in the narrative feature category at the 2021 Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival and Lecture Series, the first Academy qualifying festival for shorts by women of color.
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. See a recent interview with me on Hurston here. Click on “The Women Who Shaped Alabama” link and scroll to Hurston.
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.
I often pursue many of my professional interests intentionally blending the outcomes of research with film and art to reach larger audiences. Events in which I have participated are listed here. Here is my blog.
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.
I am scheduled to teach “Music and Race in the UK since WW2” at Worcester College as part of the Alabama at Oxford Summer 2022 study abroad program. If you are a University of Alabama student and want to learn more about this class, please see below:
HY 366/367: Music and Race in the UK since WW2
Soul music has been the postwar soundtrack to consumers worldwide, in part through the cross-fertilizations of Motown and The Beatles, Muscle Shoals and The Rolling Stones, Bob Marley and Eric Clapton, among others. The global thirst for soul music has persisted as made evident in the Grammy success of vocalists Sade and Adele; groups like Loose Ends, and Swing Out Sister; and Corinne Bailey Rae’s on Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 breakout hip hop album. Explore the influence that African traditions, historic work songs, and the music of the marginalized have had on the UK, and what this might mean for the commercialized sounds of “black music” today.