EDUCATION

University of North Carolina at Greensboro – Greensboro, North Carolina 2017 – Ph.D. in United States History

Fields: The American South, Legal History, Women’s History, African-American History, Twentieth Century Political History

Dissertation: Fighting Within the Bar: Judge Elreta Alexander and Civil Rights Advocacy in Greensboro, North Carolina

University of North Carolina at Greensboro – Greensboro, North Carolina

2015 – Post-baccalaureate Certificate in African-American and African Diaspora Studies

University of Montana – Missoula, Montana

2012 – Master of Arts in History

Thesis: Gender, Justice, and Jim Crow: North Carolina Judge Elreta Alexander and the Long Civil Rights Era

University of Montana – Missoula, Montana

2012 – Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies

Catawba College – Salisbury, North Carolina

2004 – Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Administration and a minor in History

HONORS

Archie K. Davis Fellowship, North Caroliniana Society – April 2019

Allen W. Trelease Graduate Fellowship in History (UNCG) – Fall, 2016

Summer Assistantship (UNCG Graduate School) – Summer, 2016

Women’s & Gender Studies Graduate Scholarship (University of Montana) – November 2011

Pat Williams Scholarship (University of Montana)– May 2011

Outstanding Presentation, Graduate and Faculty Research Conference (University of Montana) –April 2011

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

Lecturer, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Spring 2018

Faculty Fellow, Lloyd International Honors College, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Fall 2019 – present

Adjunct Professor, Catawba College, Fall 2015

COURSES TAUGHT

U.S. Women’s History Since 1865

Greensboro: The World Through A City (Honors Seminar)

Freshman Honors Colloquium

North Carolina History

The United States Since 1865

Race, Gender, and the Law (Honors Seminar)

Human and Civil Rights, 1760 – Present

The Twentieth Century World, 1945 – 2000

The Twentieth Century World, 1900 – 1945

PUBLICATIONS     

Books

Biography of Judge Elreta Melton Alexander, UNDER CONTRACT with University of Georgia Press, To be published in 2021.

Articles/Chapters

“Elreta Melton Alexander: A Theoretical Approach,” in A Seat at the Table: Black Women Public Intellectuals in U.S. History and Culture, edited by Hettie V. Williams and Melissa Ziobro (Jackson, MS: University of Mississippi Press, 2020), IN PRESS

“Redefining Activism: Judge Elreta Alexander and Civil Rights Advocacy in the New South,” North Carolina Historical Review, Vol. 90, No. 3 (July 2013), 237 – 258.

Op-Eds

“Even if Georgia Turns Blue, North Carolina May Not Follow,” with Michael Bitzer, The Washington Post, Tuesday, December 8, 2020.

“Why ‘Fame’ Needs to Go,” The Salisbury Post, Sunday, June 14, 2020.  

“Papers Reveal Social Origins of ‘Fame’,” with Gary Freeze and Daniel Harvey, The Salisbury Post, Sunday, June 16, 2019.

“Elreta Alexander-Ralston Paved the Way For Black Women on the Bench,” Greensboro News and Record, April 7, 2019, D1.

Book Reviews

Review of Postel, Charles. Equality: An American Dilemma, 1866-1896. HCivWar, H-Net Reviews, May, 2020, https://www.h-net.org/reviews/showpdf.php?id=54762

Review of Icenhauer-Ramirez, Robert. Treason on Trial: The United States v. Jefferson Davis. Journal of Southern History, Volume 86, No. 4, November 2020, pp. 924 – 925.

                                                Miscellaneous

“Elreta Melton Alexander Ralston,” NCPedia.org, April 24, 2015, http://ncpedia.org/ralston-elreta-melton-alexander

PRESENTATIONS 

“A Respectable Childhood: Becoming Judge Elreta Alexander,” 85th Annual Meeting of the Southern Historical Association, November 9, 2019.

“The Performative Leadership of Judge Elreta Melton Alexander,” Fifth Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference on Race at Monmouth University, November 9, 2017

“Within the Bar: Judge Elreta Alexander and Civil Rights Advocacy in Greensboro, North Carolina,” Biography Again: A New Look at History’s Oldest Discipline Conference at SUNY Fredonia, April 9, 2016

The Career of Elreta Melton Alexander: A Theoretical Approach,” Southeast Women’s Studies Association Conference, April 2, 2016

“Precariously Perched: African-American Families and the Black Baptist Church,” Graduate and Faculty Research Conference at The University of Montana, April 24, 2011

“Unsung Pioneer: Judge Elreta Alexander Ralston and the Civil Rights Movement,” Phi Alpha Theta Pacific Northwest Regional Conference, April 7, 2011

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Historical Society of North Carolina

American Historical Association

Berkshire Conference of Women Historians

Coordinating Council for Women in History

Southern Historical Association

Organization of American Historians

Southern Association of Women Historians

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT/PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY/MEDIA     

Presenter, “The Extraordinary Life and Legacy of the Honorable Elreta Alexander ’45,” Alumni of Color Event, Columbia Law School, December 9, 2020

Panelist, “Green Book Panel Discussion,” Hosted by the Historic Magnolia House and the UNCG Museum Studies Class of 2021, October 13, 2020

“A Respectable Childhood: Becoming Judge Elreta Alexander,” Race, Gender, and Jim Crow Series at the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum, February 27, 2020.

“Maintaining the Status Quo: Jim Crow in North Carolina,” Slavery and Its Legacies in North Carolina, High Point University, Saturday, October 5, 2019.

Moderator, “Women’s History and the City,” Greensboro: The World Through A City Discussion, Greensboro Historical Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina, Thursday, March 28, 2019.

Panelist, “Honoring the Women Who Made a Difference in Greensboro,” The State of Things, NPR, WUNC, February 26, 2019

Alumni Panelist, “Catawba After College,” Catawba College, Salisbury, North Carolina, February 15, 2019.  

Stakeholder Committee Member, Ruth Wicker Tribute to Women, City of Greensboro Parks and Recreation, Greensboro, N.C.