Ring, Natalie J.

Associate Professor

Office:  JO 5.424

Areas of Specialization:  US Southern History, Gilded Age and Progressive Era, Southern Studies, Global South, History of Crime, Punishment, and Violence

PhD in History, University of California San Diego, 2003
BA in American Studies, Amherst College, 1990

Dr. Ring researches and teaches on the History of the American South.  Prior to arriving at UTD she taught for two years as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Tulane University. She is the author of The Problem South: Region, Empire, and the New Liberal State, 1880-1930 which was a finalist for the Best First Book Award from the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians and the TIL Award for Most Significant Scholarly Book from the Texas Institute of Letters. The Problem South traces the evolution of the idea of the “southern problem” in the context of U. S. colonialism and explains how national reform efforts to modernize the South contributed to the development of early twentieth-century liberalism.  Research on The Problem South has been funded by the Smithsonian Institution, the American Historical Association, the Rockefeller Archive Center, the UNC Chapel Hill Manuscripts Division, and the Copeland Fellow program at Amherst College. 

Dr. Ring also is the co-editor of The Folly of Jim Crow: Rethinking the Segregated South a collection of essays offering a new look at the history and historiography of Jim Crow.  She is the author of several articles in the Journal of American Studies, Mississippi QuarterlyAmerican Literature, and Alabama Quarterly History Magazineas well as several essays in edited collections including The Folly of Jim Crow, Colonial Crucibile: Empire in the Making of the Modern American State edited by Alfred W. McCoy and Francisco A. Scarano, Critical Terms for Southern Studies edited by Scott Romine and Jennifer Rae Greeson, (forthcoming Univ. of Georgia Press) and Faulkner and History edited by Jay Watson (forthcoming University Press of Mississippi).

Currently she is working on a research monograph entitled The Bloodiest Prison in the South: Reforming Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola and a co-edited collection entitled Crime and Punishment in the Jim Crow South.  In addition, her new introduction to Albert Bushnell Hart's The Southern South (1908) for the Southern Classics series will be published by the University of South Carolina Press in 2015.

In 2015 she was appointed an OAH Distinguished Lecturer by the Organization of American Historians.