Gender and Race in American History

Inspired by ongoing movements for social justice, this series aims to deepen and expand our understandings of how gender and race have shaped US history and its global dimensions.   

The editors of the series are Alison M. Parker, the University of Delaware; Carol Faulkner, Syracuse University; and Amrita Chakrabarti Myers, Indiana University. We seek projects that use the analytical lenses of gender and race—broadly defined—to illuminate the complexities of power, empire, and colonialism as they intersect with tribal sovereignty, identity, citizenship, labor, education, politics, and activism in the United States. We are also interested in interrelated factors such as religion, class, region, and sexuality, but we seek manuscripts where the focus is the intersection of race and gender among groups traditionally excluded from the US narrative. We also encourage manuscripts that have transnational or global perspectives on US history.  

The series welcomes monographs and edited volumes from authors with diverse training and backgrounds. The University of Rochester Press is committed to publishing outstanding work by first-time authors as well as more established scholars. 

The editors are assisted by a board of scholars who have collectively transformed the ways in which we think about the multiple and varying experiences of those who have been “othered” because of race and gender. 

To submit a project for consideration, please fill out the University of Rochester Press proposal form, available here, and return it to the series editors (see email addresses below) with a copy to editorial director Sonia Kane. Please make sure to include the following when you return the form: 

  1. A brief but detailed synopsis of the work, outlining its original contribution to the existing literature 
  1. An abstract of approximately 200 words, summarizing the work’s content 
  1. A table of contents and, if available, one or two representative sample chapters
  1. An updated CV for the author(s) or editor(s) of the volume. 

Series Editors

Alison M. Parker 
University of Delaware 
Email: [email protected] 
Author of Unceasing Militant: The Life of Mary Church Terrell (University of North Carolina Press, 2020), as well as Articulating Rights: Nineteenth-Century Women on Race and Reform (Northern Illinois University Press, 2010) and Purifying America: Women, Cultural Reform, and Pro-Censorship Activism, 1873–1933 (University of Illinois Press, 1997); and co-editor of Beyond Black and White: Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the U.S. South and Southwest (2004) and Women and the Unstable State in Nineteenth Century America (2000). 

Carol Faulkner 
Syracuse University 
Email: [email protected] 
Author of Unfaithful: Love, Adultery, and Marriage Reform in Nineteenth-Century America (Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 2019), Lucretia Mott’s Heresy: Abolition and Women’s Rights in Nineteenth-Century America (Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 2011) and Women’s Radical Reconstruction: The Freedmen’s Aid Movement (Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 2003); and co-editor of Selected Letters of Lucretia Coffin Mott (Univ. of Illinois Press, 2002). 

Amrita Chakrabarti Myers 
Indiana University, Bloomington 
Email: [email protected] 
Author of the award-winning Forging Freedom: Black Women and the Pursuit of Liberty in Antebellum Charleston (University of North Carolina Press, 2011). Her latest book, The Vice President’s Black Wife: The Untold Life of Julia Chinn, was released by Ferris & Ferris Books in 2023. 

Advisory Board

Emma Amador (University of Connecticut) 
Liza Black (Indiana University) 
Chrissy Yee Lau (San Francisco State University)
Michele Mitchell (New York University) 
Ula Y. Taylor (University of California, Berkeley) 
Victoria Wolcott (University of Buffalo) 

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