Tera Hunter

Professor (On Sabbatical 17-18 AY)
Department of History & Department of African American Studies
Ph.D, History
Yale University
110 Dickinson Hall
office phone:
(609) 258-8904
Tera Hunter

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. Her most recent book is Bound in Wedlock: Slave and Free Black Marriage 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.