Professor Emerita of History and American Studies
Her primary interests are in American social and intellectual history, particularly labor history; Afro-American history; and women's history.
She has taught United States history and women's studies courses at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
The purpose of this seminar is to discuss, theorize, and understand the importance of oral history (the recording of life experiences) for silenced communities alienated from prevailing historical discourses. Oral history forces us to look at history from "below," to acquire "new ways of seeing," and to delineate new epistemologies. Some of the questions that will guide the course include: Who "makes history"? Why have certain individuals been studied while others ignored? How does this shape the production of knowledge, our understanding of the past and the analysis of experience? Why have the meanings of particular events been diminished? How do particular identities complicate the writing and interpretation of history? How does colonialism shape historical knowledge? How does historical memory affect the reading of the past? Utilizing sample interviews as a point of departure, students are also expected to conduct oral history interviews and crystallize them within a yearlong research project. Registered students are required to enroll in both the fall and spring semesters. The course will end with a public symposium.