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Ph.D. 1990, Yale University

Office: 6274 Bunche Hall
Phone: 310-825-9420
Fax: 310-206-9630
E-mail: stevenso@history.ucla.edu

Mailing Address:

UCLA Department of History
6265 Bunche Hall
Box 951473
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1473

Curriculum Vitae

Class Websites


United States, African American, Southern, U.S. Women and Family

Research Interests

My current research interests center on the completion of two books on Atlantic World Slavery. The first, What is Slavery? will be a synthetic history of black slavery in the US, allowing for comparisons in the Atlantic World. The second book is a monograph on black female slavery in the American South, 1600-1865.


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

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 America, 3 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 (forthcoming, Oxford University Press, July 2013)


Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities
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

Grad 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 Kentucky); Deirdre Cooper Owens (University of Mississippi); Jacob Dorman (University of Kansas); Jane Dabel (Cal State, Long Beach); Tsekani Browne, Eric Johnson, and Aaron Silverman

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