:: CHAIR: Roberts, Jennifer L
Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham
Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and African and African American Studies. M.A. Howard University; Ph.D. University of Rochester. Her research and teaching interests include the history of the black church as well as historical and theoretical perspectives on African American women. Professor Higginbotham is author of Righteous Discontent: The Women's Movement in the Black Baptist Church, 1880-1920. (Harvard University Press, 1993), which has won book prizes from the American Historical Association, the American Academy of Religion, the Association of Black Women Historians, and the Association for Research on Non-Profit and Voluntary Organizations. Her articles on African-American women's history cover such diverse themes as constructions of racial and gender identity, electoral politics, religion, and the intersection of theory and history. Her article, "African-American Women's History and the Metalanguage of Race," Signs (Winter 1992) won the Best Article prize of the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians in 1993. She is currently completing a book on African-American women and citizenship.
Professor Higginbotham is serving, and/or has served, on the following American Civilization dissertation committee(s):
“Righteous Politics in the Black Metropolis: Race, Religion and Urban Space in Postwar Chicago” (Clinton Williams)
“‘Ain’t Got No Home’: Race and American Narratives in the Depression Era” (Erin Royston Battat)
“‘They Call it Marriage’: The Interracial Louisiana Family and the Making of American Legitimacy” (Diana Williams)
“The Passing of a People: Creoles of Color in Mid-Nineteenth Century New Orleans” (Shirley Thompson)