- African American History, 1865 to present
- African American Women’s History
- Race, gender, and justice in United States History
- A Black Women’s History of the United States. Co-authored with Daina Ramey Berry (Forthcoming, Beacon Press, 2019).
- Hannah Mary Tabbs and the Disembodied Torso: A Tale of Race, Sex, and Violence in America. (Oxford University Press, 2016).
- Colored Amazons: Crime, Violence, and Black Women in the City of Brotherly Love, 1880-1910. (Duke University Press, 2006).
- Special Issue: Gendering the Carceral State: African American Women, History, and Criminal Justice, Journal of African American History, guest ed. K. N. Gross and C. D. Hicks, 100 (no. 3, Summer 2015).
- “African American Women, Mass Incarceration, and the Politics of Protection,” Special Issue: Historians and the Carceral State, Journal of American History, 102 (no. 1, June 2015), 25–33.
- “Exploring Crime and Violence in Early-Twentieth-Century Black Women’s History,” in Contesting Archives: Historians Develop Methodologies for Finding Women in the Sources, ed. Nupur Chaudhuri, Sherry Katz, and Betsy Perry (University of Illinois Press, 2010), 56–71.
- Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Nonfiction, 2017
- The Op-Ed Project, Public Voices Fellow, 2014
- Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Scholar-in-Residence, 2007
- Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Book Prize, Association of Black Women Historians, 2006
- Lindback Research Award, 2006
- John Hope Franklin Center Manuscript Prize, 2005
- African American Intellectual History Society
- Association of Black Women Historians
- American Historical Association
- Association for the Study of African-American Life and History
- Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora
- Organization of American Historians