Shannon Smith

Shannon Smith 

Contact Information:
Office:Richarda N3
Phone:320 363 5269
E-mail: [email protected]

Educational Information:
Ph.D: Indiana University
M.A: University of Nevada, Reno
B.A: George Fox University

S. Linda Kulzer Gender Educator award, 2019

Courses Taught:
HIST 152A     Protest, Riot, and Rebellion in US History
HIST 153        Growing Up in US History
HIST 295B      History Colloquium: History in Popular Culture
HIST 301        The Invention of Race in the 19th Century US
HIST 353        The Civil War and Reconstruction in American Culture
HIST 369        Gender in US History
HIST 395G     Historiography: From Women’s History to Gender History

Academic Interests:
Nineteenth-century U.S. history, especially the Civil War and Reconstruction, the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, African American history, race and gender, and urban and labor history.

Prof Smith studies the interplay between public celebrations, protests, and rioting, including the role of military and police in protests. She is currently researching the ways that protests and commemorative culture in Minnesota in the 19th and early 20th centuries shaped gender and race relations in public space.

“‘They Mustered a Whole Company of Kuklux as Militia’: State Violence and Black Freedoms in Kentucky’s Readjustment,” in Freedoms Gained and Lost: Reconstruction and Its Meanings 150 Years Later (New York: Fordham University Press, 2021).

“‘We Made the Best Out of a Situation That Was Bad’: School Closings in Modern American Education,” with Karen Dunak, The American Historian, December 2020

“African Americans Have Long Defied White Supremacy and Celebrated Black Culture in Public Spaces,” The Conversation, Aug. 11, 2020 

“There’s a History of White Supremacists Interpreting Government Leaders’ Words as Encouragement,” The Conversation, May 18, 2020

“They Met Force with Force”: African American Protests and Social Status in Louisville’s 1877 Strike,” Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, 115 (Winter 2017), 1-37.

“Teaching Civil War Union Politics: Draft Riots in the Midwest,” OAH Magazine of History, 27 (April 2013), 31–34.