Allison Dorsey, Ph.D., Professor of History at Swarthmore College previously served on the faculty of Hamilton College and Oberlin College. Dr. Dorsey also served as a Research Fellow at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project at Stanford University. In 2006, she completed a NEH Summer Seminar on the Black Freedom Struggle at Harvard University. In addition to numerous invited lectures and presentations, Dr. Dorsey has also taught the history of Reconstruction era black freedmen in two NEH Summer Seminars sponsored by the Georgia Historical Society in Savannah. Her academic interests span topics including African American, African American women, Civil Rights, Western, and food history.
Dr. Dorsey is the author of "The great cry of our people is land! Black Settlement and Community Development on Ossabaw Island, Georgia, 1865-1900," published in The Atlantic World and African American Life and Culture in the Georgia Lowcountry. (University of Georgia Press, 2010); "Black History is American History: Teaching African American History in the 21st Century," Journal of American History (2007); To Build Our Lives Together: Community Formation in Black Atlanta, 1875-1906 (University of Georgia Press, 2004); "'white girls' and 'STRONG BLACK WOMEN': Reflections of a Decade of Teaching at PWIs," published in Feminist Pedagogies for the 21st Century (Palgrave Macmillan Press, 2002); She is currently researching a history of black freedmen along the Georgia seacoast and will teach in a NEH Summer Seminar hosted by the University of South Carolina in the summer of 2015.
Dr. Dorsey received her M.A. and her Ph.D. in American History from the University of California, Irvine. She and her husband of more than 33 years, Brian Ward, make their home in Swarthmore.