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Mary Ellen Curtin Associate Professor Critical RGC Studies

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(202) 885-6168
CAS - American Studies
Battelle-Tompkins - T 12
Office (S2016) BT-161: Hours: Tuesday & Friday 4-5PM, Thursday 9AM-12 PM & 1-2 PM by appt. only
Mary Ellen Curtin has a Ph.d from Duke University and is a historian of modern African American and women's social and political history. Her first book Black Prisoners and Their World documented the experiences of black convict laborers in the South after emancipation. Her next book on the life of Barbara Jordan, the first first black woman from the South elected to Congress, will be published with the University of Pennsylvania Press. Her review article on recent books in prison history will appear in the upcoming edition of the journal Labor and she also has an article in a new anthology entitled The Problem of Punishment. She worked as a consultant, and was interviewed for, the upcoming (Spring 2012) PBS documentary Slavery by Another Name, a history of African Americans and forced labor in the South.
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Spring 2021

  • AMST-240 Poverty & Culture

  • AMST-240 Poverty & Culture

  • AMST-294 Comm Service Learning Project: Poverty and Culture

  • AMST-294 Comm Service Learning Project: Poverty & Culture

  • CRGC-460 Capstone Research Seminar

Summer 2021

  • AMST-240 Poverty & Culture

Fall 2021

  • AMST-240 Poverty & Culture

  • AMST-320 American Cultural History: Race and Incarceration