Faculty at the School of Arts and Humanities


Natalie J. Ring



Associate Professor



Area:  HIST/HUHI
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 US 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.

Dr. Ring also is the co-editor of The Folly of Jim Crow: Rethinking the Segregated South and Crime and Punishment in the Jim Crow South. Currently she is working on a research monograph entitled The Bloodiest Prison in America: Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola which 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 a consultant and researcher for the NEH funded digital humanities project “Profiles in American Incarceration” which will begin planning a digital database on American prison records from the early nineteenth century to the present modeled after the British Digital Panopticon Project.

In addition, she is the author of several articles as well as essays in a number of edited volumes. She is finishing an edited collection, The Lost Lectures of C. Vann Woodward, which 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


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

Curriculum Vitae:  Natalie J. Ring's CV