Ruth Feldstein

Ruth Feldstein

Ruth Feldstein is a professor of history and American studies at Rutgers University–Newark, where she teaches courses in U.S. cultural history and the history of popular culture, African American history, and women's and gender history. She is the author of Motherhood in Black and White: Race and Sex in American Liberalism, 1930–1965 (2000), and How It Feels to Be Free: Black Women Entertainers and the Civil Rights Movement (2013), which won the Benjamin Hooks National Book Award and the International Association for Media History's Michael Nelson Prize. She is currently an associate producer of "How It Feels to Be Free," a forthcoming documentary film series directed by Yoruba Richen and based on her book.

Lectures

  • How It Feels to Be Free: Black Women Entertainers and the Civil Rights Movement
  • Rethinking Nina Simone as an Icon in an Age of Black Lives Matter Activism
  • Women and the Civil Rights Movement: A History of Feminism in Black Freedom Struggles
  • "I Wanted the Whole World to See": Mamie Till Mobley, Mourning Mothers, and Black Freedom Struggles