Tera Hunter

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

Dr. Tera W. Hunter is Professor of History and African-American Studies at Princeton University. She is a scholar of labor, gender, race, and Southern history.  She is a native of Miami, Florida, where she attended public schools.  She received a B.A. degree from Duke University and a Ph.D. from Yale University.  https://terawhunter.com/


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.

AAS 394 / HIS 390 / WOM 390
African American Women’s History

This is a lecture course that explores the role and impact of African American women in U.S. history, beginning with the era of the Atlantic slave trade and proceeding up to the 21st century. It will address broad themes such as labor, family, community, sexuality, politics, popular culture, and religion. It will examine the social, political, cultural, and economic diversity of black women. Students will engage primary and secondary texts, as well as audio and visual material. The course will enhance critical thinking and writing skills.

AAS 409 / HIS 485
History of African American Families

This course covers the history of African American families. It traces the development of family life, meanings, values, and institutions from the period of slavery up to recent times. The course engages long-standing and current debates about black families in the scholarship across disciplines and in the society at large. The course will look at the diversity of black family arrangements and the way these have changed over time and adapted to internal and external challenges and demands. It will also situate the history of black families within a broader cross-cultural context.