Mari N. Crabtree

Visiting Research Scholar
Assistant Professor, College of Charleston
Mari N. Crabtree specializes in African American history and culture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, in particular how African American cultural sensibilities like the blues or subterfuge inform the construction of collective narratives. Her first book, My Soul is a Witness: The Traumatic Afterlife of Lynching in the South, 1940–1970 (under contract, Yale University Press' New Directions in Narrative History series) theorizes African American responses to the collective trauma of lynching using the sensibility of the blues as its central metaphor. She also has an essay on subterfuge in the African American cultural tradition published in Raritan as well as an essay on reimagining the temporal and geographic boundaries of lynching that will appear in an edited volume, Reconstruction at 150. Her next book project expands upon the subject of her Raritan article, and it is tentatively titled Shuffling Like Uncle Tom, Thinking Like Nat Turner: Humor, Deception, and Irony in the African American Cultural Tradition.
Crabtree is an assistant professor of African American Studies at the College of Charleston. She received her A.B. in Black Studies from Amherst College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in History from Cornell University.