Brenda E. Stevenson

Brenda E. Stevenson

Brenda E. Stevenson is Nickoll Family Endowed Chair and a professor of history and African American studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her areas of interest include race and gender generally, and she has written and lectured widely on the southern white and black family, black women historically, and the nature of racial conflict and race riots in the United States. Her books include Life in Black and White: Family and Community in the Slave South (1996), which won an Outstanding Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights; The Journals of Charlotte Forten Grimke (1988); The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins: Justice, Gender, and the Origins of the L.A. Riots (2013), which received the OAH James A. Rawley Prize; and What is Slavery? (2015). She is currently completing a book on slave women and family in the southern colonial and antebellum United States.

Lectures

  • African American Life and Family In Early America
  • Black Women and Freedom
  • Creating an Elite Black Female Intelligentsia: The Case of the Forten Women
  • Images of Diverse Womanhood in Late Twentieth-Century Urban America: The Case of Latasha Harlins, Soon Ja Du, and Joyce Karlin
  • Interracial Sex and Slave Women's Labor in the Old South
  • The Slave Female World of Sally Hemings