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. She recently completed an NEH Summer Seminar on the Black Freedom Struggle at Harvard University. Dr. Dorsey is on the editorial board for Southern Spaces and a member of the Southern Historical Association. Her academic interests span topics including African American, African American women, U.S., South, West, and food history.
Dr. Dorsey is the author of "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); and "The great cry of our people is for land! Black Settlement and Community Development on Ossabaw Island, Georgia, 1865-1900," to be published in The Atlantic World and African American Life and Culture in the Georgia Lowcountry. (forthcoming from University of Georgia Press) She is currently researching a history of black freedmen along the Georgia seacoast.
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 25 years, Brian Ward, make their home in Swarthmore.