Department of History

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Deborah Gray White
Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of History
Degree: Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago
Additional Degree(s): M.A., Columbia University
B.A., Harpur College, SUNY Binghamton
Rutgers : At Rutgers since 1984
Specialty: African-American and US History: Women's and Gender History
Office: 309 Van Dyck Hall
Phone: 848-932-8367


As an Americanist who specializes in African American and American Women’s history I am especially interested in issues of identity and the intersection of race, class, gender and sexuality.


  • 512:104, Development of the United States I
  • 512:306, America Since 1945
  • 512:366, The History of Race and Sex in America
  • Race, Gender, and Nation
  • Black Identity in Twentieth Century America


  • Telling Histories: Black Women Historians in the Ivory Tower, ed.  (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, forthcoming 2008)
  • Too Heavy A Load: Black Women in Defense of Themselves, 1894-1994 (New York: W.W. Norton, 1999)
  • Let My People Go: African American 1800-1865 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999)
  • Ar’n’t I A Woman? Female Slaves in the Plantation South (New York: W.W. Norton, 1985, 1999 [2nd ed])


“’Can’t We All Just Get Along’: The Cultural Awakenings of the 1990’s” - This book recounts the history of the 1990’s through the lens of the decade’s mass marches and gatherings. The Million Man March, the Million Woman March, the Promise Keepers, the LGBT Marches, and the Million Mom March tell us a lot about sexuality, and the state of American race, class, and gender relations. Separately, and in conversation with each other, they allow for an in-depth analysis of subjects like coalition building, intraracial and interracial faith, marriage and family relationships. In conversation with the past they speak to the continuing processes of millennialism and post-modernism. As such they are powerfully revelatory about American identity (ies) at the turn of the twenty-first century.

Upcoming Events

Tue Oct 15 @11:00AM - 01:00PM
Dana-Ain Davis: RCHA Seminar
Tue Oct 15 @ 4:30PM - 06:00PM
Carol Hager: Center for European Studies
Tue Oct 15 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
History Honors Program Information Session
Thu Oct 17 @ 6:00PM - 07:30PM
Becoming a Social Studies Teacher: Undergraduate Workshop
Tue Oct 22 @11:00AM - 01:00PM
Harish Naraindas: RCHA Seminar
Tue Oct 22 @ 5:00PM - 07:00PM
Marxism & Materialism Working Group


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