Laurie Green

Laurie Green

Laurie Green is an associate professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin, where she is also affiliated with the Center for Women's and Gender Studies, the African and African diaspora studies department, and the American studies department. She teaches courses on civil rights history from a comparative perspective, women's history, social and cultural history, and the history of gender, race, and national identity in twentieth-century America. Her first book, Battling the Plantation Mentality: Memphis and the Black Freedom Struggle (2007), won the Philip Taft Labor History Book Award and was a finalist for the OAH Liberty Legacy Foundation Award. Her current book project is entitled "The Discovery of Hunger in America: The Politics of Race, Poverty, and Malnutrition after the Fall of Jim Crow."


  • Civil Rights or the War Against Poverty? The Politics of History
  • Starvation Politics: Hunger, Race, and Activism in 1960s–1970s America
  • The Civil Rights Movement Reconsidered: A Battle against the "Plantation Mentality"
  • "I AM a Man!": Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Memphis Sanitation Strike
  • The Power of the Mass Media: Reconsidering Civil Rights and Antipoverty Movements after World War II

Process: A Blog for American History

Linking Hunger and Health: The Place of Food Security in the Battle over Healthcare