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
Education: PhD in History, University of California San Diego (2003)
BA in American Studies and Music, Amherst College (1990)
Dr. Ring is an associate professor of history at the University of Texas at Dallas. 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. The dissertation on which the book is based 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 Journal of American Studies,Mississippi Quarterly, 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, Stephanie Cole and Natalie J. Ring, eds., The Folly of Jim Crow: Rethinking the Segregated South, and Scott Romine and Jennifer Rae Greeson, eds., Critical Terms for Southern Studies (forthcoming Univ. of Georgia Press)
She is now working on a research monograph entitled The Bloodiest Prison in the South: Reforming Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. In addition, she is writing a new introduction to Albert Bushnell Hart's The Southern South (1910) for the Southern Classics series published by the University of South Carolina Press.