Christina Greene

Position title: Professor


Phone: 608-263-1642

4143 Helen C. White Hall

Christina Greene

Greene, Christina

Position title: Professor


4143 Helen C. White Hall

Ph.D., 1996, Duke University, Department of History
M.A., 1979, Sarah Lawrence College, Women’s History Program
B.A., 1977, City College of New York (CCNY/CUNY), Department of English, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Short Biography
Christina Greene is a historian whose teaching and research focuses on African American women’s activism, the civil rights/Black Power movements, War on Poverty, and incarceration. She is also a faculty affiliate in the UW History Department and Gender & Women’s Studies Department.


FREE JOAN LITTLE: The Politics of Race, Sexual Violence and Imprisonment (University of North Carolina Press, 2022)

  • Winner: 2023 Julia Cherry Spruill Prize, for Best Book on Southern Women’s History, (Southern Association of Women Historians).
  • Winner: 2023 Liberty Legacy Foundation Book Prize, for Best Book on the Fight for Civil  Rights in U.S. 1776-Present, (Organization of American Historians
  • Honorable Mention: 2023 Darlene Clark Hine Book Prize, for Best Book on African American Women’s & Gender History, (OAH)
  •  Finalist: 2023 Association for the Study of African American Life & History (ASALH) Book Prize
  • Winner: 2023 Frank & Harriet Owlsley Prize for Best Book in Southern History (Southern Historical Association)

OUR SEPARATE WAYS: Women and the Black Freedom Movement in Durham, North Carolina, 1940-1970 (University of North Carolina Press, 2005), Winner of the Julia Cherry Spruill Award for best published work in southern women’s history, Southern Association for Women Historians.


Other Selected Publications

“Black Women and Black Power: A Review Essay on New Directions in Black Power Studies,” on  Ashley Farmer, Remaking Black Power: How Black Women Transformed an Era and Ula Yvette Taylor, The Promise of Patriarchy: Women and the Nation of Islam), Journal of Southern History Vol. LXXXV, No. 3 (August 2019)


Co-author, Bonnie Johnson, “Documentary Film Review Essay:  Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights; Our Mockingbird; and Love & Solidarity: Rev. James Lawson & Nonviolence in the Search for Workers’ Rights, Films for the Feminist Classroom 8.1-2 (Fall 2018)


’I’m Gonna Get You:’ Black Womanhood and Jim Crow Justice in the Post-Civil Rights South,”  eds. Leslie Brown et al, U.S. Women’s History: Untangling the Threads of Sisterhood (Rutgers University Press, 2017)


“Women in the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements,” Oxford Research Encyclopedia in American History, (Oxford University Press, 2016)


“She Ain’t No Rosa Parks: The Joan Little Rape-Murder Case and Jim Crow Justice in the Post-Civil Rights South,” Journal of African American HistorySpecial Issue: Gendering the Carceral State: African American Women, History & Criminal Justice (Summer 2015)


“’Someday…The Colored and White Will Stand Together:’ The War on Poverty, Black Power Politics and Southern Women’s Interracial Alliances,” The War on Poverty: A New Grassroots History, 1964-1980, Annelise Orleck, ed.(University of Georgia Press, 2011)


“What’s Sex Got to Do With It: Gender and the New Civil Rights Scholarship,” (Review Essay) Feminist Studies 32, 1 (Spring 2006)


“’The New Negro Ain’t Scared No More!’ Black Women’s Activism in North Carolina and the Meaning of Brown,” in From the Grass Roots to the Supreme Court:  Brown v. Board of Education and American Democracy, Peter Lau, ed. (Duke University Press, 2004)


“‘In the Best Interest of the Total Community’?: Women-in-Action and the Problems of Building Interracial, Cross-Class Alliances in Durham, NC, 1968-1975,” Frontiers: Journal of Women’s Studies XVI, 2/3(Spring 1996)


“‘We’ll Take Our Stand’: Race, Class and Gender in the Southern Student Or ganizing Committee, 1964-69,” in Hidden Histories of Women in the New South, Virginia Bernhardt, et al, eds. (University of Missouri Press, 1994)


Courses Taught

AAS/GWS  326: Race & Gender in Post-World War II U.S. Society

AAS/GWS 324: Black Women in America: Reconstruction to the Present

AAS/GWS 625: Race, Gender & the Civil Rights/Black Freedom Movement

AAS/GWS 624: African American Women’s Activism, 19th & 20th Centuries

AAS 671: Selected Topics in African American History – Criminalizing Blackness: Race, Policing and Imprisonment in American History

AAS 302: Undergraduate Studies In African American History – Freedom Stories