Roundtable on Empire and Women's Suffrage in the United States: New Pedagogical Approaches

Solicited by the Women and Social Movements in the U.S., 1600–2000

Thursday, April 2, 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Type: Roundtable Discussion

Tags: Legal and Constitutional; Teaching and Pedagogy; Women's History


This roundtable will focus on teaching the history of women’s suffrage more inclusively. As the United States prepares to celebrate the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment, ratified on August 18, 1920, new questions arise about its history and legacy. This roundtable will debate the tactics of different branches of the suffrage movement, the racial and regional divisions within it, and the practical limitations of the amendment in its context of social justice and anticolonial movements. Roundtable participants will discuss ways to bring histories concerning U.S. imperialism and transnational flows of people, ideas, and social movements into discussion of the Nineteenth Amendment.

Session Participants

Panelist: Nneka Dennie, Davidson College
Nneka D. Dennie is a black feminist scholar with specializations in nineteenth- and twentieth-century African-American history. Her research examines black intellectual history, black feminist thought, transnational feminism, and black radicalism. Dr. Dennie is a Consortium for Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at Davidson College. In Fall 2020, she will join the faculty at Washington and Lee University as an Assistant Professor of History and core faculty in the Africana Studies Program. 
Dennie is currently working on her book manuscript, (Re)defining Radicalism: The Rise of Black Feminism and the Politics of Respectability, 1831-1895, which is a study of nineteenth-century black women’s radical thought. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Palimpsest: A Journal of Women, Gender, and the Black International; Atlantic Studies: Global Currents; and The Routledge Companion to Black Women's Cultural Histories: Across the Diaspora, From Ancient Times to the Present.
Dennie earned her PhD in African American Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass Amherst). She holds a graduate certificate in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from UMass Amherst and completed her B.A. at Williams College. Dennie’s research has been supported by the MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Diversity Predoctoral Fellowship; the W.E.B. Du Bois Library Special Collections and University Archives Fellowship; the UMass Amherst University Diversity Fellowship; the UMass Amherst Summer Dissertation Research Fellowship; and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Love of Learning Award.

Panelist: Ellen Hartigan-O'Connor, University of California, Davis

Panelist: Lisa G. Materson, University of California, Davis

Panelist: Rebecca Jo Plant, Women and gender history; U.S. Civil War

Panelist: Tessa Marie Winkelmann, University of Nevada, Las Vegas