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Department of History, University of Alabama, PO Box 870212

Tuscaloosa, AL 35404


 PhD, History, 2013, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Dissertation Adviser: David Roediger. Other committee members: Bruce Levine, Clarence Lang and Augusto Espiritu. Also studied with Siobhan Somerville

Master of Arts in History, University of Chicago, 2008

Master of Arts in Dance and Related Studies (U.S. History, Theatre, Film), University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2005

Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science, University of Miami, Miami, FL, 1989


U.S. History, Urban History, Gender, Transnationalism


2022                   Baa Haas: A Miami Girl Remembers,  a memoir, under evaluation

2021, The Chase and Ruins: A Hunt for Hurston in Honduras, forthcoming

Summary, “Dolen Perkins-Valdez,” Contemporary American Fiction (Wiley  Blackwell), forthcoming

2019      “When I First Wore Fish Leather, Or Black Girl in Iceland,” Pan African Spaces: Essays on Black Transnationalism, Msia K. Clark, Phiwokuhle W. Mnyandu, and Loy Azalia, eds. (New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2019)

  2017       “Tracing Black Racial and Spatial Politics in South Florida via Memory,” Journal of Urban History, 44:6 (November 2018), 1176–1196 (first published online January 30, 2017)

2017     “The Townsend Family: Black Female “Voice” and Interracial Ties,” Alabama Women, Lisa  Dorr and Susan Ashmore, eds. (University of Georgia Press , 2017)

2015       “Remember Me to Miss Louisa”: Hidden Black-White Intimacies in Antebellum America  (Northern Illinois University Press, 2015)

2011     “Mr Ballard, I am compelled to write again: Beyond Brothels   and Bedrooms, a Fancy Girl   Speaks,” Black Women, Gender, and Families, Spring 2011, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 17-40.


2013-present        Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Alabama, “American Civilization to 1865,” “American Civilization Since 1865,” “Music and Race in the UK,”  “Bebop to Hip Hop: Young America and Music,” “Antebellum America Swagger,” “American Swagger,” all undergraduate courses; “Gender, Race and the Urban Space,” graduate course.

2013-2014     UA Bankhead-Summersell Fellow, Department of History, University of Alabama


“Remember Me to Miss Louisa”: Hidden Black-White Intimacies in Antebellum America in Alexandra Finley,” ‘Cash to Corrina;’ Domestic Labor and Sexual Economy in the Fancy Trade,” The Journal of American History, Volume 104, Issue 2, September 2017, pp. 410–430

“Remember Me to Miss Louisa”: Hidden Black-White Intimacies in Antebellum America in  Hephzibah V. Strmic-Pawl, Multiracialism and Its Discontents A Comparative Analysis of Asian-White and Black-White Multiracials (New York: Lexington Books, 2016)

 “Remember Me to Miss Louisa”: Hidden Black-White Intimacies in Antebellum America in Celine Parrenas Shimizu, “Equal Access to Exploitation and Joy: Women of Color and the Hollywood Stereotype,” Quarterly Review of Film and Video, 33:4 (2016), 303-321

“Remember Me to Miss Louisa”: Hidden Black-White Intimacies in Antebellum America in Tiya Miles, The Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the Straits (New York: The New Press, 2017)

“Mr Ballard, I am compelled to write again: Beyond Brothels and Bedrooms, a Fancy Girl Speaks,” Black Women, Gender, and Families, in Lisa Ze-Winters, The Mulatta Concubine Terror, Intimacy, Freedom, and Desire in the Black Transatlantic (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2016)

“Remember Me to Miss Louisa”: Hidden Black and White Intimacies in Antebellum America, in Kimberly Snyder Manganelli, The Tragic Mulatta and the Tragic Muse (Piscataway: Rutgers University Press, 2012)

“Remember Me to Miss Louisa”: Hidden Black and White Intimacies in Antebellum America, in David R. Roediger and Elizabeth D. Esch, The Production of Difference: Race and the Management of Labor in U.S. History (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012)


 2017        “African Americans and Slaveholder Relations,” Alabama Heritage (Fall 2017)

2018          “Female Academies and Educating Young Women Before and After the Civil War,” Alabama Heritage  (Summer 2018)

1999          Grant Green: Rediscovering the Forgotten Genius of Jazz Guitar (Miller Freeman); Honorable mention of Best Jazz Book of 1999, Jazz Times magazine

1997          Cuttin the Rug Under the Moonlit Sky: Stories and Drawings About a Bunch of Women Named Mae (Doubleday) Featured in the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, etc.


Mar. 2020          Commenter,  paper by Jessica Johnson addressing her then-forthcoming Wicked Flesh: Black Women, Intimacy, and Freedom in the Atlantic World (University of Pennsylvania Press, August 2020) and paper by Carolyn Morrow Long (Smithsonian Institution, Emeritus) addressing  sensational racial determination case involving the Afro-Creole Joubert family in New Orleans in the 19th century,  Louisiana Historical Association (LHA) meeting, Baton Rouge, LA. (Offered electronically given COVID-19)

Mar. 2020           Panelist, “The Historian’s Gaze: Visual Texts and Moving Images in Public Interpretation of Social Justice,” National Council on Public History (NCPH) (Cyber roundtable can be found at given COVID-19). Features Space Matters Alabama exhibited curated in part with undergraduate students.

Nov. 2019          Panelist, “Zora, the Idea of Rest and ‘Sunshine the way it is done in Florida,’” Association for the Study of the Worldwide Diaspora (ASWAD), 10th Biennial Conference, College of William and

Oct. 2019            Co-Moderator, Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun documentary, Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), Charleston, SC

Mar. 2019           Panelist, ”Sunshine the Way it is Done in Florida, Or Miami as a Space of Refuge for Zora Neale Hurston,” Southeastern Women’s Studies Association (SEWSA), Oxford, MS

Jan. 2019             Keynote Speaker, “Space Matters: The Black Bahamian in Key West and Beyond,” Key West Art and Historical Society

Oct. 2017             Panelist, “Space Matters from the Seminoles to ‘The U’: Racial Politics on   the Peninsula,” Gulf South History and Humanities Conference, Pensacola Beach, FL

Sept. 2017           Panelist, “Education and the Gentleman’s Children Sent From the South,” Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) meeting, Cincinnati

April 2017          Chair, “Black Female/White Male: Repeating History, Repeating Intimacies” panel, Black/White Intimacies 2017 Symposium, UA Department of English

March 2017         Panelist, “Filmmaking in the Age of Moonlight,” Black Warrior Film Festival, University of Alabama, Ferguson Great Hall

Feb. 2017               Keynote Speaker, “Remember Me to Miss Louisa, Or On Navigating Our Complex Historical Shared Past and Present,” and “The New State of Affairs and Our Remedies,” Oklahoma Association of Professional Historians and neighboring state chapters of Phi Alpha Theta

Feb. 2017      Keynote Speaker, “Family Ties:  Hidden Black-White Relationships in Antebellum Alabama,” Alabama Department of Archives and History, Food for Thought Series

Nov. 2016      Panelist, “Of Coral Rocks, Sand Dunes and Balloon Mortgages: The Prewar and Postwar Limits of Black Removal in South Florida,” Southern Historical Association (SHA), St. Petersburg, FL

Oct. 2016        Panelist, “University of Miami Football: Spatial and Racial Politics in Postwar Miami-Dade County,” Urban History Association (UHA) conference, Chicago, IL

Jan. 2016     Panelist, “Interracial Intimacies in Antebellum America,” with New York Times best-selling author Dolen Perkins-Valdez; University of Alabama Professor of English Trudier Harris; Wayne State University Associate Professor of History Lisa Ze-Winters, Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, Tuscaloosa, AL

Oct. 2015      Panelist, “University of Miami Football Pathways of a Global Hip Hop Body Politic in Postwar Miami-Dade County,” Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD) Biennial meeting, Charleston, SC

Mar. 2015     Panelist, “Of University of Miami Football, Marielitos and McDuffie: Pathways of a Particular Body Politic in Postwar Miami-Dade County,” Southeastern Women’s Studies Association (SEWSA) conference, Boca Raton, FL

July 2014   Panelist, “‘Some Kind of Love?’: Black-White Intimacies in Antebellum America,” 41st Annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference, “Faulkner & History,” University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, with Margaret Wrinkle, Calvin Schermerhorn, and Lael Gold

May 2013     Presenter, “‘A Matter I Deserve to Have’: Freedwomen in Antebellum Cincinnati,” The Newberry Library Seminar on Women and Gender, Chicago, IL



2021            RAIN COME SOON, a screenplay partially adapted from Green’s first monograph, won first  place in the narrative feature category for Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival and Lecture series, first Academy qualifying festival for shorts by women of color

2021       Long-Term Mellon Foundation Fellow, Newberry Library

2020       PEN America Jean Stein Grant for Literary Oral History

2016       Western Association of Women Historians (WAWH) Barbara “Penny” Kanner Prize for archival research in Remember Me to Miss Louisa: Hidden Black-White Intimacies in Antebellum America (Northern Illinois University Press, 2015)

2014       Co-Honoree, Educator of the Year, Tuscaloosa County Preservation    Society

2014       Alternate, Ford Foundation, Postdoctoral Fellowship

2007      Ruth Murray Essay Prize, Honorable Mention, Graduate Student category, Center for Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Chicago


 Spr. 2017      Reviewer, Catherine Clinton, Stepdaughters of History: Southern Women and the  American   Civil War, Kentucky Historical Society, Vol. 116, No. 1, Winter 2018, pp. 132-135

Spr. 2016    Reviewer, Emily West, Family or Freedom: People of Color in the Antebellum South, (University Press of Kentucky, 2012), Alabama Review, Volume 69, Issue No. 2, April 2016, pp. 171-174

Sum. 2015     Reviewer, Bonnie Stepenoff, Working the Mississippi: Two Centuries of Life on the River (Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2015), The Journal of Southern History, Vol. 82, No. 3, Aug. 2016, p. 67.



2018-2020             Member, Academic Continuity Cmte., Department of History

2017-2020             Chair, Technology Committee, Department of History

2016-2017             Member, Undergraduate Affairs Committee, Department of History

2015-2016             Member, Summersell Chair in Southern History Search Committee,                  Department of History

2014-2016             Member, Faculty Affairs Committee, Department of History

2014- 2015            Member, China Search Committee, Department of History


2017-2018             Member, MA Cmte., Alex Bauer, Department of English, UA

2016-2018             Informal Adviser, Lane McClelland, doctoral student, School of Education, UA

2015-17                   Co-Director, Doctoral Cmte., Virginia Cain, History Department, UA

2014-15                   Member, MA Cmte., April Cadell, Gender and Race Studies, UA

2013-present        Member, Doctoral Cmte., Mark Johnson, History Department, UA


2022          Coordinator/Curator, Public History, Various projects 2013-present

2020        Member, Alabama Heritage magazine Board of Directors

2019        Curator, “Space Matters,” cartographic digital installation Gorgas House, UA

ffrance2018        Evaluator, University of Alabama Press

2018       Commentator, Graduate History Association Power & Struggle Conference, University of Alabama

2018        Silent Auction Donor, Lunafest, UA Women and Gender Resource Center

2018       Coordinator, “Mecca: Atlanta, Harlem, Miami and Beyond,” Paul R. Jones Museum, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Alabama

2018        Presenter, “The Grant Green Story,” UA Faculty Technology Showcase

2017        Presenter, “The Grant Green Story” screening, Moody Building Recital Hall, University of Alabama

2017        Adjudicator, Repertory Dance Theatre Concert, Department of Theatre and    Dance 2015-2017 Member, Faculty Curating Committee, “Freedom?” exhibit, Paul R. Jones Gallery, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Alabama

2014-2015   Faculty Mentor, Ola Gerald and Alexandra Gilbert, Emerging Scholars, University of Alabama


2020-present  Member, Alabama Heritage magazine, Board

2018                 Judge, K-12 Art Contest, The Links, Tuscaloosa Chapter

2018                Coordinator, “Mecca: Atlanta, Harlem, Miami and Beyond” exhibit for Gender, Race and Urban Space graduate class, Paul R. Jones Museum

2016                Organizer, “Mississippi & Miami,” digital art installation, Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, Tuscaloosa

2015               Organizer, Females Academies exhibit for “The Nineteenth Century City” course, UA Gorgas House

2015               Presenter, African American History Month Art Exhibit, UA Ferguson Center

2015              Organizer, Tribute to Participants in Black Miami Spatial Politics Study,  Hollywood Beach Marriott, Hollywood, FL

2014               Editor, “Druid City: A Music Video” for “The Nineteenth Century City” course, Jemison Mansion, Tuscaloosa


 2022         Consultant, Dana Dorsey NEH project, Florida International University

2017           Interviewee, “Race and University of Alabama,” ESPN Sports Center

2017          Grant Reviewer, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Washington, D.C.

2017         Artist in Residence, Textilsetur, Icelandic Textile Center, Blonduos, Iceland

2017          Consultant, “Who in the World Do You Think You Are?” History Channel

2017          Interviewee, “December 2017 Special Election, Alabama,” History Channel


2021         Videographer, “Makes You Happy, Denver Quarterly

2019         Curator, “Space Matters,” cartographic digital installation Gorgas House, University of Alabama

2017        Group show, “Drawing Set,” curated by Marco Maggi and ESOPUS, New York Public Library

2017       Group show, Textilsetur, Artist Residency, Blondous, Iceland

2017       Installation, “Breathe,” Ferguson Gallery, University of Alabama

2016-17    Director, “The Grant Green Story” jazz documentary, Harlem International Film Festival, New York, NY; Bíó Paradís, Reykjavik, Iceland; Cameo Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland

2016     Curator, “Mississippi & Miami: a digital art installation,” with graduate class, Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, Tuscaloosa, AL

2015       Spoken Word Presenter, “Makes You Happy,” Marie-Christine Giordano and Lacy James salon, curators,  Marie-Christine Giordano Dance, Brooklyn, NY

2015      Co-Presenter, Black History Month Exhibit, Cuttin’ the Rug illustrations, University of Alabama Ferguson Center Gallery

2005        Director-Photographer, Gamla Stan

2005      “Makes You Happy,” choreopoem/videoscape, Third Annual Fringe Festival, Broach Theatre, Greensboro, NC

2001       Solo show, Peligro, New Orleans

2000       Group show, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA), Brooklyn

1997        Solo show, 2-South Gallery, Detroit

1999       Group show, Red Piano Too, St. Helena Island, SC

1995       Open Studio, then-Villa Montalvo, Artist Residency, Saratoga, CA

1992     Group show, ArtCenter South Florida, Miami Beach, curated by the late electro-punk singer-artist Tomata du Plenty


 1989-2003           Copy Editor, Reporter, Assistant Nation/World Editor, Business Editor, Knight Ridder Inc.-now McClatchy (The Miami Herald, Detroit Free Press, and Columbus (Ga) Ledger-Enquirer); Freelance Writer and/or Editor (BMG Entertainment, Essence, Associated Press, Vanguarde Media)