- Director of Undergraduate Studies
- Department of African American Studies
- Department of History & Department of African American Studies
- Ph.D, History
- Yale University
- 110 Dickinson Hall
- office phone:
- (609) 258-8904
Tera W. Hunter is a scholar of U. S. history, with specializations in African-Americans, gender, labor, and the South. She is particularly interested in the history of slavery and freedom. She is currently writing a book on African-American marriages in the nineteenth century. Her first book, To ’Joy My Freedom: Southern Black Women’s Lives and Labors after the Civil War, received several prizes including the H. L. Mitchell Award from the Southern Historical Association, the Letitia Brown Memorial Book Prize from the Association of Black Women’s Historians, and the Book of the Year Award from the International Labor History Association. She was a Mary I. Bunting Institute Fellow, at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, 2005-2006. She received her B. A. from Duke University and Ph.D. from Yale University.
AAS 366 / HIS 386
African American History to 1863
This course explores African-American history from the Atlantic slave trade up to the Civil War. It is centrally concerned with the rise of and overthrow of human bondage and how they shaped the modern world. Africans were central to the largest and most profitable forced migration in world history. They shaped new identities and influenced the contours of American politics, law, economics, culture and society. The course considers the diversity of experiences in this formative period of nation-making. Race, class, gender, region, religion, labor, and resistance animate important themes in the course.
Satisfies AAS pre-20th century course requirement.
HIS 577 / AAS 577
Readings in African American History
This course is designed to introduce graduate students to the literature of African-American History, from the colonial era up to more recent times. Major themes and debates are highlighted. The course should help students to define interests within the field to pursue further study and research and also to aid preparation for examinations.