Dissertations in African-American History

Many graduate students have completed dissertations in the field of African-American history:

  • Montgomery Kurt McBee, 2001. They Also Played the Game: A Historical Examination of the Memphis Red Sox Baseball Organization, 1922-1959
  • Marcel Oyono, 2004. Colonization and Ethnic Rivalries in Cameroon since 1884
  • Raybon Joel Newman, 2005. Race and the Assemblies of God Church: The Journey from Azusa Street to the “Miracle of Memphis'”
  • Elton Weaver, 2007. “Mark the Perfect Man, and Behold the Upright”: Bishop C.H. Mason and the Emergence of the Church of God in Christ in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Donna Reeves, 2008. Whose History Is It Anyway?: The Battle over Southern History in Memphis
  • Kimberly Ellen Nichols, 2009. The Civil Rights Underground: The Movement for Compliance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Jayme Millsap Stone, 2010. “They Were Her Daughters”: The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and Grassroots Organizing for Social Justice in the Arkansas Delta, 1963-1967
  • Daryl Carter, 2011. President Bill Clinton, African Americans, and the Politics of Race and Class
  • Reginald K. Ellis, 2011. James Edward Shepard and the Politics of Black Education in North Carolina during the Jim Crow Era: 1875-1947
  • Shirletta Kinchen, 2011. “We want what people generally refer to as Black Power”: Youth Activism and the Impact of the Black Power Movement in Memphis, Tennessee, 1965-1975
  • Cynthia J. Sadler, 2011. Standing in the Shadows: African American Informants and Allies of the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission
  • Darius Young, 2011. “The Gentleman from Memphis”: Robert R. Church Jr. and African American Leadership during the Early Civil Rights Movement
  • Maurice Brown, 2012. Plantation Schools: A History of Rural Black One-Room Schools in the Mid-South and the Mississippi Delta from Reconstruction to 1968
  • Doris Ann Youngblood Mulhearn, 2012. Southern Graces: Women, Faith, and the Quest for Social Justice, Memphis, Tennessee, 1950-1969
  • Sheena Harris, 2012. A Female Reformer in the Age of Booker T. Washington: The Life and Times of Margaret Murray Washington
  • Richard L. Saunders, 2012. “Encouraged by a Little Progress”: Voting Rights and the Contests over Social Place and Civil Society in Tennessee’s Fayette and Haywood Counties, 1958-1964
  • Shawn Fisher, 2013. The Battle of Little Rock
  • Brian Marc Edward McClure, 2013. Educating the Atlantic: Foreign Students and Global Exchange at Tuskegee Institute
  • Kaylin Ewing, 2014. “Her Own Kind of Woman”: The Life of Alberta Hunter
  • James Conway, 2015. Moderated Militants in the Age of Black Power: The Memphis NAACP
  • Le’Trice Donaldson, 2015. “A Legacy All Their Own”: African American Soldiers Fight for Citizenship and Manhood, 1870-1920

Others have dissertations in preparation in the field of African-American history:

  • Ken Baroff. Memphis and Shelby County Schools, post Brown
  • Michael Blum. “An Island of Racial Peace amid a Sea of Strife”: The Civil Rights Movement in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Malcolm Frierson. Coming to the Stage: Dick Gregory, Bill Cosby, and the New Cultural Politics of African-American Comedy, 1961-75
  • Scott Frizzell. Busing and School Desegregation in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Victoria Gray. Mission of a Meddler: Mary Church Terrell as a Prototype of Elite Black Female Leadership, 1890-1915
  • Jeffery L. Jones. General Benjamin O. Davis
  • Graham Perry. Deceptive Currents: An Examination of Trends in Black Resistance in Memphis, Tennessee, 1865-2000
  • Tammy Prater. “Smile and Wear Pearls”: The Panel of American Women — Advocates of Social Harmony, 1957-1991