African American history, southern history, particularly the history of the Jim Crow South
1999 Ph.D., University of Chicago
1989 M.A., University of Georgia
1987 B.A., Franciscan University of Steubenville
Southern Historical Association, Oral History Association, Agricultural History Association, American Historical Association
“African-American Landowners” in The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Volume 18, Agriculture, ed. by Melissa Walker, (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, forthcoming)
“Rural Segregation” in The Jim Crow Encyclopedia, ed. by Nikki L.M. Brown and Barry M. Stentiford, (Westport CT: Greenwood Press, forthcoming)
“The Rural Face of White Supremacy: Beyond Jim Crow,” (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2005). It was designated an Editors Choice by the Atlantic Monthly
“African American Farmers and the USDA: 150 Years of Discrimination,” Agricultural History, (87) Summer, 2013, 332-343. Mark Schultz and Adrienne Petty
“American Land Reform; Reconsidering Land Ownership in the African American Experience,” American Historical Association, Washington D.C., January 2, 2014.
“Standing in the Doorway: African American Women’s Defense of their Homes in Jim Crow Georgia,” Southern Association for Women Historians Southern Conference on Women’s History, Columbia S.C., June 4, 2009
Interview on episode of NBC program “Who Do You Think You Are?” with Spike Lee— aired April 23, 2010
“Complicating the Picture: Oral History and the Rural South,” Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Seattle, March 26, 2009
“Non-segregated White Supremacy: Searching for a New Paradigm for Rural Southern Race Relations,” James A. Hutchins Lecture at the Center for the Study of the American South, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, April 3, 2007.
“Ruining Field Hands: The Meaning of Education in Hancock County Georgia, 1900-50,” Social Science History Association Annual Meeting, Portland, November 3, 2005