Black Women, Freedom Making, and the Long 1960s
Anastasia CurwoodUniversity of Kentucky
Anastasia Curwood joined the Department of History in 2014. A native of Cambridge, Massachusetts, she earned her undergraduate degree at Bryn Mawr College (PA) and her M.A. and Ph.D. in History from Princeton University. Her work has been recognized with fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Institute for Citizens and Scholars, and the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference at Emory University. In her spare time, Dr. Curwood is a competitive equestrian.
Dr. Curwood's scholarship focuses on the interface between private life and historical context for Black Americans in the twentieth century. In particular, she studies the workings of gender in African Americans' social, cultural/intellectual, and political history. Her first book explored marriages between middle-class African Americans in the era of the New Negro and the Great Depression. Her newest book is the first compehensive biography of Congresswoman and Democratic candidate for United States president Shirley Chisholm (1924-2005).
Suzanne CopeNew York University
Suzanne Cope, PhD is a narrative journalist and scholar whose recent book is POWER HUNGRY: Women of the Black Panther Party and Freedom Summer and Their Fight to Feed a Movement. She has published with The New York Times, The Atlantic, Washington Post, CNN, BBC, among others and also actively publishes and presents in academic forums. She is a professor at New York University. Her upcoming book WOMEN OF WAR: The Italian Assassins, Couriers and Spies Who Helped Defeat the Nazis will be published in April 2025. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, the musician Steve Mayone, and her two children.
Christina GreeneUniversity of Wisconsin
Christina Greene is a historian whose teaching and research focuses on African American women’s activism, the civil rights/Black Power movements, War on Poverty, and incarceration. She is also a faculty affiliate in the UW History Department and Gender & Women’s Studies Department.