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Françoise N. Hamlin

Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies

Françoise N. Hamlin (Ph.D. Yale University, 2004) is Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in twentieth century African American history, African American Women’s history, southern history, U.S. history, the sixties and cultural studies. Her current research contends with children activists in the black freedom struggle of the 1950s to the 1970s. Her book, Crossroads At Clarksdale: The Black Freedom Struggle in the Mississippi Delta after World War II (UNC Press, 2012) is a critical analysis on the trajectory of the mass movement through a local study, also tackling the roles of leadership, gender, and concepts of success and progress. She is also co-editing a volume about African American responses to war and patriotism.

Selected Honors and Awards

  • Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty. Co-funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 2010-2011.
  • Richard B. Salomon Faculty Research Award, Brown University. 2010-2011.
  • Evelyn Jacobs Reisman Undergraduate Teaching and Research Award (UTRA) Fund Teaching Collaboration Award, Brown. 2010.
  • Charles Warren Center Fellow, Harvard University. 2007-2008.
  • Franklin L. Riley Dissertation Prize, Mississippi Historical Society. 2006.
  • C. Vann Woodward Dissertation Prize, Southern Historical Association.2005
  • Du Bois-Mandela-Rodney Fellowship, Center for Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan. 2004-2005.
  • Sylvia Ardyn Boone Prize for work in African American culture & history, Yale University. 2004.
  • Albert J. Beveridge Research Grant, American Historical Association. 2003.
  • Huggins-Quarles Award, Organization of American Historians. 2002.


  • Crossroads at Clarksdale:  The Black Freedom Struggle in the Mississippi Delta After World War II (UNC Press, 2012)
  • (co-edited) Thunder at the Gate: African Americans on War, Freedom and Patriotism. (manuscript under review)


  • “Collision and Collusion: Local Activism, Local Agency and Flexible Alliances,” in Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi. Edited by Ted Ownby. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi (forthcoming).
  • Book review of Winifred Breines, The Trouble Between Us in Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000, 10:4, December 2006.
  • “Vera Mae Pigee (1925- ): Mothering the Movement,” Proteus: A Journal of Ideas 22:1, Spring 2005, 19-27.
  • “Montgomery Bus Boycott,” Black Women in America: A Historical Encyclopedia, Second Edition edited by Darlene Clark Hine (Oxford University Press, 2005).
  • The Book Hasn’t Closed, The Story is Not Finished: Coahoma County, Mississippi, Civil Rights and the Recovery of a History,” in Sound Historian: Journal of the Texas Oral History Association 2:2002.
  • Entries about Aaron Henry and Vera Pigee for the African American National Biography edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Evelyn Higginbotham (Oxford University Press, 2008).

Courses Taught

  • Rethinking the Civil Rights Movement
  • African American History Since Emancipation to the Present
  • Readings in Twentieth Century African American History
  • Autobiography of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Formation of Modern American Culture
  • Social Change in the 1960s
  • The Black Freedom Struggle Since 1945
  • Racializing Britain From World War II To The Present