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Resources for Learning about African American Studies and Race

Resources for Learning about African American Studies and Race

As the UT Dallas community – and the nation at-large – take steps towards better understanding racial differences and histories, faculty from the School of Arts and Humanities have compiled a catalogue of resources for individuals who want to learn about African American studies and race.

Dr. Kimberly Hill, assistant professor of history, said the faculty wanted to provide information to members of the UT Dallas community who have brought renewed attention to racial justice issues.

“Several School of Arts & Humanities faculty and staff offer courses, publications, and public service that can enhance this conversation,” she said. “The topics of race and African American Studies contribute to the ways that we study a variety of fields. The range of publications also suggests the influence of these topics on U.S. and world history.”

Current and Previous Academic Resources Relevant to African American Studies

Course Offerings


  • ARHM 3342 – Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies in the Arts and Humanities – The
    Harlem Renaissance (Kimberly Hill and Sabrina Starnaman)
  • COMM 4350 – Intercultural Communication (Melissa Hernandez-Katz)
  • COMM 3351 – History & Theory of Communication (Barbara Baker)
  • COMM 3352 – Media & Culture (Carie King, Janet Johnson)
  • FILM 3342 – Topics in Film – Race, Gender, & Cinema (Shilyh Warren)
  • HIST 1301 – U.S. History to the Civil War (Ben Wright, Kimberly Hill, and Whitney Stewart)
  • HIST 1302 – U.S. History from the Civil War (Whitney Stewart)
  • HIST 2301 – History of Texas (Whitney Stewart)
  • HIST 2330 – The Civil War and Reconstruction (Ben Wright)
  • HIST 2381 – Survey of African American History (Natalie Ring)
  • HIST 2384 – U.S. Women from Settlement to Present (Anne Gray Fischer)
  • HIST 3366 – Themes in Social History – Migration and American Civilization (Kimberly Hill)
  • HIST 3366 – Themes in Social History – History of Prisons (Anne Gray Fischer)
  • HIST 3390 – Twentieth Century African American History (Kimberly Hill)
  • HIST 4376 – Public History (Whitney Stewart)
  • HIST 4378 – Topics in History – Slavery in American Popular Culture and Film (Natalie Ring)
  • HIST 4384 – Topics in Southern History – Origins of the Jim Crow South (Natalie Ring)
  • HIST 4381 – Topics in Comparative History – The African Diaspora (Kimberly Hill)
  • LIT 3300 – Western Literary Tradition (Sean Cotter)
  • LIT 3314 – Continental Modernist Poetry (Sean Cotter)
  • LIT 3329 – Ethnic American Literature – Harlem Renaissance (Tim Redman – retired)
  • LIT 3337 – Literature & Military Dictatorship in Latin America (Sarah Valente)
  • LIT 3329 – Ethnic American Literature – Foundations of African American Literature, 1850-1950 (Sabrina Starnaman)
  • LIT 4348 – Topics in Literature – Literature & Social Engagement (Sabrina Starnaman)
  • LIT 4329 – Major Authors – Toni Morrison (Theresa Towner)


  • HIST 6320 – Nineteenth-Century America (Ben Wright)
  • HIST 6325 – America in the Twentieth Century (Kimberly Hill)
  • HIST 6332 – Slavery in America (Ben Wright)
  • HUHI 6314 – Thought, Culture, and Society in the United States – Long Civil Rights Movement (Kimberly Hill)
  • HIST 7306 – Women and the Holocaust (Sarah Valente)
  • HUHI 6346 – New Directions in Southern Studies – Race and Religion in the American South (Kimberly Hill)
  • HUHI 6346 – New Directions in Southern Studies (Natalie Ring)
  • HUSL 6309 – Continental Modernist Poetry (Sean Cotter)
  • HUSL 6309 – Literary Movements – Harlem Renaissance (Tim Redman – retired)
  • HUSL 6381 – Critical Approaches to Translation (Sean Cotter)
  • HIST 6390 – Topics in History – Slavery in American Popular Culture and Film (Natalie Ring)
  • HIST 6390 – Topics in History – History of Prisons and Punishment (Natalie Ring)
  • HUSL 6398 – World Literature (Sean Cotter)
  • HUHI 6320 – Early American Material Culture (Whitney Stewart)
  • HUHI 6390 – Public History (Whitney Stewart)



  • Stephanie Cole, Natalie J. Ring, and Peter Wallenstein, eds. The Folly of Jim Crow: Rethinking the Segregated South (University of Texas Press 2012).
  • Kimberly D. Hill, A Higher Mission: The Careers of Alonzo and Althea Brown Edmiston in Central Africa (New Directions in Southern History series) (UPK 2020).
  • Kimberly Hill, “Anti-Slavery Work by the American Women of the Presbyterian Congo Mission,” in Faith and Slavery in the Presbyterian Diaspora, William Harrison Taylor, Peter C. Messer, eds. (Lehigh 2016), 205-230.
  • Kimberly Hill, “Maria Fearing: Domestic Adventurer,” in Alabama Women: Their Lives and Times, Lisa Lindquist Dorr and Susan Youngblood Ashmore, eds. (UGA 2017), 90-107.
  • Natalie Ring, The Problem South: Region, Empire, and the New Liberal State, 1880-1930 (Politics and Culture in the Twentieth-Century South) (UGA 2012).
  • Ben Wright, Bonds of Salvation: How Christianity Inspired and Limited American Abolitionism (LSU 2020).
  • Ben Wright and Zachary W. Dresser eds., Apocalypse and the Millennium in the American Civil War Era (LSU 2013).
  • Joseph L. Locke and Ben Wright eds., The American Yawp: A Massively Collaborative Open U.S. History Textbook (Stanford 2019).
  • Amy Louise Wood and Natalie Ring, eds. Crime and Punishment in the Jim Crow South (Univ. of Illinois Press 2019).
  • Anne Gray Fischer, “‘Land of the White Hunter’: Legal Liberalism and the Racial Politics of Morals Enforcement in Midcentury Los Angeles,” Journal of American History, 105, no. 4 (March 2019), 868–884.
  • Anne Gray Fischer, “‘The Place is Gone!’: Policing Black Women to Redevelop Downtown Boston,” Journal of Social History, 53, no. 1 (Fall 2019), 7–26.
  • Anne Gray Fischer, “Centering Women on Occupied Territory,” Journal of Civil and Human Rights (forthcoming, December 2020).
  • Whitney Nell Stewart and John Garrison Marks, eds., Race and Nation in the Age of Emancipations (Athens: University of Georgia, 2018).
  • Whitney Nell Stewart, “Fashioning Frenchness: Gens de Couleur Libres and the Cultural Struggle for Power in Antebellum New Orleans,” Journal of Social History 51, no. 3 (February 2018), 526–56.
  • Whitney Nell Stewart, “The Material Culture of Freedom: African American Women and the Southern Free Black Home after the Civil War,” in Creators and Consumers: Women and Material Culture and Visual Art in 19th-Century Texas, the Lower South, and the Southwest, The David B. Warren Symposium, vol. 5(Houston: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 2016), 46–58.
  • Shilyh Warren, “Recognition on the Surface of Madeline Anderson’s I Am Somebody,” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 38, no. 2 (Winter 2013): 353-78.

Digital Resources

  • Richard S. Newman and Ben Wright, eds., The Abolition Seminar: An educational tool for teachers, students, and all who fight for freedom (
  • Joseph L. Locke and Ben Wright eds., The American Yawp Reader: A U.S. History Primary Source Collection (

On-Campus Service

  • Undergraduate Success Scholars Mentor (Ben Wright and Kimberly Hill); USS Presenter (Melissa Hernandez-Katz and Carie King)
  • Black History Month programming organizer (Kimberly Hill)
  • Diversity Awards Ceremony and Multicultural Achievement Ceremony volunteer (Kimberly Hill)
  • First Gen Program Supporters (Melissa Hernandez-Katz, Megan Hering Gray, and Carie King)

Off-Campus Service

  • Member, Dallas Memorial to Victims of Racial Violence Advisory Board (Kimberly Hill)
  • Member, Diversity Scholars Network, National Center for Institutional Diversity (Anne Gray Fischer)


  • Dr. Melissa Hernandez-Katz received the 2018 UTD Diversity Award.