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 Quarterly, American Literature, and Alabama Quarterly History Magazine as well as several essays in edited collections including The Folly of Jim Crow; Colonial Crucible: 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, 2016); Faulkner and History edited by Jay Watson (forthcoming University Press of Mississippi, 2016); and Remembering Reconstruction: Struggles Over the Meaning of America's Most Tumultuous Era edited by Bruce Baker and Carole Emberton (forthcoming, Louisiana State University Press, 2017).
Currently she is working on a research monograph entitled Angola: The History and Meaning of Place at Louisiana State Penitentiary 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 (1910) for the Southern Classics series will be published by the University of South Carolina Press in 2016.
In 2015 she was appointed an OAH Distinguished Lecturer by the Organization of American Historians.