OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

OAH Distinguished Lectureship program 40 years 1981-2021

Francille Rusan Wilson

Portrait of Francille Rusan Wilson

Francille Rusan Wilson is an associate professor of American studies and ethnicity and history at the University of Southern California. She is an intellectual and labor historian whose current research examines the intersections between black labor movements, black social scientists, and black women's history during the Jim Crow era. Her book, The Segregated Scholars: Black Social Scientists and the Creation of Black Labor Studies, 1890–1950 (2006), details the world and works of fifteen pioneering scholar-activists over three generations. Her current research projects examine the series of social movements that pressed for new understandings of black history from 1865 to 2015, and early black women lawyers global advocacy for human rights. She is the national director of the Association of Black Women Historians (2015-2018), has served on the Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women as well as on the state board of the California African American Museum, and has been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.

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