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.