Deborah Gray White

Deborah Gray White

Deborah Gray White is the Board of Governors Professor of History and Women and Gender Studies at Rutgers University. Most recently, she is a coauthor, with Mia Bay and Waldo E. Martin, of Freedom on My Mind: A History of African Americans, with Documents (2012). She is also the author of Ar'n't I a Woman? Female Slaves in the Plantation South (1985 and 1999), the first gendered analysis of the institution of slavery; Two Heavy a Load: Black Women in Defense of Themselves, 1894-1994 (1999); and Let My People Go: African Americans, 1804-1860 (1996); and the editor of Telling Histories: Black Women in the Ivory Tower (2008), a collection of personal narratives written by African American women historians that chronicle the entry of black women into the historical profession and the development of the field of black women's history. A codirector of "Narratives of Power: New Articulations of Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Class," a two-year seminar and conference project with the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis. Her newest book, Lost in the USA: American Identity at the Turn of Millennium (2017), examines the impact of immigration, multiculturalism, feminism, globalization, and de-industrialization on Americans during the 1990s.

Lectures

  • Brown Sugar Melts: African American Women at the Turn of the Millennium
  • Lost in the U.S.A.: A New Age Search for Order
  • Lost in the U.S.A.: The 1990s Marches as a Referendum on America
  • Out and on the Outs: The Challenge to Black Heterosexual Identity in the 1990s.
  • Post-Black or Post-Modern Blackness: Being Black in America Today
  • The Hand That Rocks the Cradle: The Million Mom March for Gun Control
  • The New American Citizenship and the Challenge of Intersectionality
  • What Women Want: A Comparison of the Way Black and White Women Approach Postmodern America