Natalie J. Ring

Associate Professor

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

Office:  JO 5.102
Mail Station:  JO 31
Email:  [email protected]
Phone:  972-883-2365

Dr. Ring researches and teaches on the History of the American South. Prior to arriving at UT Dallas 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; Faulkner and History edited by Jay Watson; Remembering Reconstruction: Struggles Over the Meaning of America's Most Tumultuous Era edited by Bruce Baker and Carole Emberton; and The Routledge History of Nineteenth-Century America edited by Jonathan Wells.

Currently she is working on a research monograph entitled The Bloodiest Prison in America: Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola that has been supported by the Charlton Oral History Grant from the Baylor University Institute for Oral History and a research grant from the Edith O'Donnell Institute of Art History. She is also finishing two co-edited collections. Crime and Punishment in the Jim Crow South is forthcoming in April 2019 with the University of Illinois Press. The Lost Lectures of C. Vann Woodward will be published by Oxford University Press in 2020.

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

Recent Courses:  View courses taught by Natalie J. Ring

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

Curriculum Vitae:  Natalie J. Ring's CV