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Brenda Stevenson


Professor and Nickoll Family Endowed Chair in History


Contact Information

Email    STEVENSO@HISTORY.UCLA.EDU
Office  6274 Bunche Hall
Phone  310-825-9420

I currently am writing two books, one on the history of the slave family from the colonial thru the antebellum eras and the other a history of slave women.

Vice Chair, Undergraduate Studies, Department of History, 1996-1998
Chair, Department of History, 1998-2002
Chair, Interdepartmental Program in Afro-American Studies, 2004-2010

Degrees

Ph.D. 1990, Yale University

Awards

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, 2015-2016
American Academy in Berlin Fellowship, Spring 2016
National Humanities Center John Hope Franklin Fellowship, 2015
Center for Advanced Studies and Behavioral Sciences, 2016-2017
21 Leaders for the 21st Century Award, Women's eNews
Ida B. Wells Award for Bravery in Journalism, 2014
Honored at BWHxG: Cross-Generational Dialogues in Black Women’s History Conference (Graduate Mentor)
UCLA Gold Shield Faculty Award, 2014
James A. Rawley Prize, 2014,from Organization of American Historians; Best Book in History of Race Relations in U.S. for Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins
Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities
UCLA Academic Advancement Program 40th Anniversary Faculty Recognition Award, 2012
Carter G. Woodson Fellowship
Smithsonian Fellowship in American History
President's Postdoctoral Fellowship
Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship
American Association of University Women Fellowship
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy Fellowship
Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Prize, Life in Black and White: Family and Community in the Slave South, 1997
Distinguished Lecturer, Organization of American History
Distinguished Lecturer, Association for the Study of African American Life and History

Selected Publications

Editor and Annotator, The Journals of Charlotte Forten Grimke, Schomburg Library of Nineteenth-Century Black Women Writers Series, Henry Louis Gates, General Editor (N.Y., Oxford U.P. 1988).
"Distress and Discord in Virginia Slave Families, 1830-1860," in Carol Bleser, ed., In Joy and In Sorrow: Women, Family and Marriage in the Victorian South (New York: Oxford University Press, 1991).
"Charlotte Forten (1873-1914)" in G.J. Barker-Benfield and Catherine Clinton, eds. Portraits of American Women from Settlement to the Civil War (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1991).
"Slavery" in Darlene Clark Hine, ed., Black Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia, vol. 2 (New York: Carlson Publishing, Inc., 1993, Expanded and revised,2005.
"Abolition" in Darlene Clark Hine, ed. Black Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia, vol. 2 (New York: Calrson Publishing, Inc., 1993), Expanded and revised, 2005.
"Slave Family and Housing: in Ted Ownby, ed. Black and White: Cultural Interaction in the Antebellum South (Oxford: University of Mississippi Press, 1993).
"Black Family Structure in Colonial and Antebellum Virginia: Amending the Revisionists", in Belinda Tucker and Claudia Mitchell-Kernan, eds., The Decline in Marriage Among African-Americans: Causes, Consequences, and Policy Implications (New York: Russell Sage, 1995).
"Gender Convention, Ideals and Identity Among Antebellum Virginia Slave Women," in Dalrene Clark Hine and David Barry Gaspar, eds., More than Chattel: Black Women and Slavery in the Americas (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1996).
Life in Black and White: Family and Community in the Slave South (New York: Oxford University Press, 1996)Winner, 1997 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Prize.
"From Bondage to Freedom: Slavery in America" in Lara Gara, Brenda Stevenson and C. Peter Ripley, Underground Railroad: An Epic in United States History (Washington D.C.: U.S. Department of the Interior, 1998).
Female Violence and Justice on the Urban Frontier,” The Journal of African American History (Spring 2004): 152-176.
Co-editor and contributor with Darlene Clark Hine, et. al., Black Women in America3 vol. set. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2005).
“’Marsa Never Sot Aunt Rebecca Down’”: Enslaved Women, Religion, and Social Power in the Antebellum South,” The Journal of African American History, 90 #4(Fall 2005): 345-367.
Introduction as Guest Editor, The Journal of African American History, 92#1(Winter 2007).
“The Question of the Female Slave Community and Culture in the American South: Methodological and Ideological Approaches,” The Journal of African American History, 92 #1(Winter 2007): 74-95.
“History Lessons,” Telling Histories: Black Women Historians in the Ivory Tower ed. Deborah Gray White (Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2008): 158-171.
“Review Essay of Annette Gordon Reed’s The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family," The Journal of African American History,96 #3 (Summer 2011): 1-15.
“Contextualizing the Runaway Experience: A Brief History of Slavery,” in Wiese and Carbado, eds., The Long Walk to Freedom (Boston: Beacon Press, 2012).
"What's Love Got to Do With It? Concubinage and Enslaved Black Women and Girls in the Antebellum South," Journal of African American History, vol. 98 #1 (Winter 2013): 99-125.
The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins: Justice, Gender and the Origins of the LA Riots (Oxford University Press, 2013), James Rawely Prize Winner, 2014. “Families, Slavery and Flight,” William Still Digital History Project, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, http://hsp.org/history-online/digital-history-projects/william-still-dig....
“Family and Community in Slave Narratives,” in John Ernest, ed., The Oxford Handbook of the African American Slave Narrative, (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014), 277-297.
“12 Years a Slave: Narrative, History and Film,” The Journal of African American History vol. 99, #1-2 (Winter-Spring 2014): 106-118.
“The Price of Slavery: Family, Community and Loss in Antebellum Texas,” Empire and Liberty: Civil War in the American West, Virginia Scharff, ed., (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2015.
What is Slavery? (Cambridge, UK: Polity Press, May 2015 ).

Graduate Students

Graduate students who have completed the Ph.D. under my direction include: Joan Johnson (Northeastern Illinois University); Daina Ramey Berry (University of Texas, Austin); Jessica Millward (UC Irvine); Marne Campbell (LMU); Jakobi Williams (University of Indiana, Bloomington); Deirdre Cooper Owens (University of Mississippi); Jacob Dorman (University of Kansas); Jane Dabel (Cal State, Long Beach); Tsekani Browne (Bowie State University), Eric Johnson, Aaron Silverman (College of the Canyons) and Mark Okuhata

Current Courses by Term

2017 Fall Quarter

Interracial Dynamics in American Culture and Society

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in U.S. History

2018 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Afro-American History

Topics in History: U.S.

Previous Courses by Term

2017 Summer Session

Introduction to Afro-American History

2016 Summer Session

Introduction to Afro-American History

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2015 Summer Session

Introduction to Afro-American History

Capstone Seminar: History -- U.S.

2015 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Afro-American History

Interracial Dynamics in American Culture and Society

Capstone Seminar: History -- U.S.

2014 Fall Quarter

Interracial Dynamics in American Culture and Society

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in U.S. History

2014 Summer Session

Introduction to Afro-American History

Capstone Seminar: History -- U.S.

2013 Summer Session

Introduction to Afro-American History

Capstone Seminar: History -- U.S.

2013 Winter Quarter

Interracial Dynamics in American Culture and Society

Capstone Seminar: History -- U.S.

2012 Fall Quarter

Interracial Dynamics in American Culture and Society

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in U.S. History

2012 Summer Session

Introduction to Afro-American History

2012 Winter Quarter

Interracial Dynamics in American Culture and Society

Seminar: Afro-American History

2011 Fall Quarter

Interracial Dynamics in American Culture and Society

Seminar: Afro-American History

2011 Summer Session

Introduction to Afro-American History

2011 Winter Quarter

Interracial Dynamics in American Culture and Society

2010 Fall Quarter

Interracial Dynamics in American Culture and Society

2010 Summer Session

Introduction to Afro-American History

2010 Winter Quarter

Interracial Dynamics in American Culture and Society

2009 Fall Quarter

Interracial Dynamics in American Culture and Society

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in U.S. History

Seminar: Afro-American History

2009 Summer Session

Introduction to Afro-American History

2009 Spring Quarter

Interracial Dynamics in American Culture and Society: Special Topics

Seminar: Afro-American History

2008 Winter Quarter

Interracial Dynamics in American Culture and Society

2007 Fall Quarter

Interracial Dynamics in American Culture and Society

2007 Winter Quarter

Interracial Dynamics in American Culture and Society

Undergraduate Variable Topics Seminars: U.S.

Topics in History: U.S.

2006 Fall Quarter

Interracial Dynamics in American Culture and Society

2006 Summer Session

Introduction to Afro-American History

2006 Winter Quarter

Variable Topics in Afro-American Studies

2005 Summer Session

Introduction to Afro-American History

2005 Winter Quarter

Interracial Dynamics in American Culture and Society

2004 Fall Quarter

Variable Topics in Afro-American Studies

Advanced Historiography: Afro-American

Interracial Dynamics in American Culture and Society

Undergraduate Variable Topics Seminars: U.S.

Topics in History: U.S.

2004 Summer Session

Introduction to Afro-American History

2003 Summer Session

Introduction to Afro-American History

2002 Summer Session

Undergraduate Seminar

2001 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Historical Practice

2000 Fall Quarter

Independent Study for Internships

2000 Spring Quarter

Interracial Dynamics in American Culture, Society, and Literature: Special Topics

Introduction to Historical Practice

2000 Winter Quarter

Interracial Dynamics in American Culture, Society, and Literature

1999 Fall Quarter

Interracial Dynamics in American Culture, Society, and Literature

1999 Summer Session

Introduction to Afro-American History

1999 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Afro-American History

1998 Summer Session
1998 Spring Quarter
1997 Fall Quarter

Previous Courses by Course

HIST M150B
Introduction to Afro-American History

2017 Summer Session

2016 Summer Session

2015 Summer Session

2015 Winter Quarter

2014 Summer Session

2013 Summer Session

2012 Summer Session

2011 Summer Session

2010 Summer Session

2009 Summer Session

2006 Summer Session

2005 Summer Session

AF AMER M158B
Introduction to Afro-American History

2016 Summer Session

2015 Winter Quarter

HIST 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2016 Summer Session

HIST 191D
Capstone Seminar: History -- U.S.

2015 Summer Session

2015 Winter Quarter

2014 Summer Session

2013 Summer Session

2013 Winter Quarter

GE CLST 20B
Interracial Dynamics in American Culture and Society

2015 Winter Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

2008 Winter Quarter

2007 Winter Quarter

2005 Winter Quarter

HIST 97D
Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in U.S. History

2014 Fall Quarter

2012 Fall Quarter

2009 Fall Quarter

GE CLST 20A
Interracial Dynamics in American Culture and Society

2014 Fall Quarter

2012 Fall Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

2010 Fall Quarter

2009 Fall Quarter

2007 Fall Quarter

2006 Fall Quarter

2004 Fall Quarter

AFRO-AM M158B
Introduction to Afro-American History

2014 Summer Session

2013 Summer Session

2012 Summer Session

2011 Summer Session

2010 Summer Session

2009 Summer Session

2006 Summer Session

2005 Summer Session

2004 Summer Session

2003 Summer Session

1999 Summer Session

1999 Winter Quarter

HIST 261B
Seminar: Afro-American History

2012 Winter Quarter

2009 Fall Quarter

HIST 261A
Seminar: Afro-American History

2011 Fall Quarter

2009 Spring Quarter

GE CLST 20CW
Interracial Dynamics in American Culture and Society: Special Topics

2009 Spring Quarter

HIST 191D
Undergraduate Variable Topics Seminars: U.S.

2007 Winter Quarter

2004 Fall Quarter

HIST 201H
Topics in History: U.S.

2007 Winter Quarter

2004 Fall Quarter

AFRO-AM C191
Variable Topics in Afro-American Studies

2006 Winter Quarter

2004 Fall Quarter

AFRO-AM M200A
Advanced Historiography: Afro-American

2004 Fall Quarter

HIST M200V
Advanced Historiography: Afro-American

2004 Fall Quarter

HIST M158B
Introduction to Afro-American History

2004 Summer Session

2003 Summer Session

1999 Summer Session

1999 Winter Quarter

HIST 197A
Undergraduate Seminar

2002 Summer Session

HIST 99
Introduction to Historical Practice

2001 Fall Quarter

2000 Spring Quarter

HIST 199I
Independent Study for Internships

2000 Fall Quarter

GE CLST 20C
Interracial Dynamics in American Culture, Society, and Literature: Special Topics

2000 Spring Quarter

GE CLST 20B
Interracial Dynamics in American Culture, Society, and Literature

2000 Winter Quarter

GE CLST 20A
Interracial Dynamics in American Culture, Society, and Literature

1999 Fall Quarter

AFRO-AM M158B

1998 Summer Session

1997 Fall Quarter

HIST M158B

1998 Summer Session

AFRO-AM M158C

1998 Spring Quarter

HIST M158C

1998 Spring Quarter

HIST 197T

1997 Fall Quarter