Ring, Natalie J.

Associate Professor

Office:  JO 5.424

Areas of Specialization:  U.S. Southern History, the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, New Directions in Southern Studies, African-American History

Education: PhD, University of California San Diego, 2003
BA, Amherst College, 1990

Dr. Ring completed her B.A. in American Studies and Music at Amherst College with magna cum laude in both disciplines and her Ph.D. in History at the University of California San Diego.  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 book also was a finalist for the C. Vann Woodward Prize for the best dissertation in southern history given by the Southern Historical Association. 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 and essays in the Mississippi Quarterly: The Journal of Southern Cultures, American Literature, Alabama Quarterly History Magazine, Alfred W. McCoy and Francisco A. Scarano eds., Colonial Crucibile: Empire in the Making of the Modern American South and Stephanie Cole and Natalie J. Ring, eds., The Folly of Jim Crow: Rethinking the Segregated South.  Other essays forthcoming will appear in Scott Romine and Jennifer Rae Greeson, eds., Critical Terms for Southern Studies (University of Georgia Press, 2014) and "An Irony of Ironies: The Discipline of History in the New Southern Studies," Journal of American Studies (autumn/winter 2014).

She is now working on a second research monograph entitled The 'Bloodiest Prison in the South': From Slave Plantation to Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. In addition, she is writing a new introduction to Albert Bushnell Hart's The Southern South (1908) for the Southern Classics series published by the University of South Carolina Press and writing an introduction to the reprint of Edwin Mims, The Advancing South: Stories of Progress and Reaction (1926).