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Talitha LeFlouria


Associate ProfessorPh.D., Howard University

Associate Professor and Fellow of the Mastin Gentry White Professorship in Southern History
Talitha LeFlouria

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Talitha L. LeFlouria is Associate Professor of History and Fellow of the Mastin Gentry White Professorship in Southern History at the University of Texas at Austin. She earned her Ph.D. in US History at Howard University and has held positions with the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site (National Park Service) and the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center in Washington, DC. Before joining the History department at The University of Texas at Austin, she worked as an Assistant Professor of History at Florida Atlantic University and as the Lisa Smith Discovery Associate Professor of African and African-American Studies at the University of Virginia. She is the author of Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South (UNC, 2015), the first history of Black, working-class incarcerated women in the post-Civil War period. This book received several awards including: the Darlene Clark Hine Award from the Organization of American Historians (2016), the Philip Taft Labor History Award from the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations & Labor and Working-Class History Association (2016), the Malcolm Bell, Jr. and Muriel Barrow Bell Award from the Georgia Historical Society (2016), the Best First Book Prize from the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders, and Sexualities (2015), the Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Book Prize from the Association of Black Women Historians (2015), and the Ida B. Wells Tribute Award from the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (2015). She is currently finishing her second single-authored book, Searching for Jane Crow: Black Women and Mass Incarceration in America from the Auction Block to the Cell Block (forthcoming from Beacon Press). The Carnegie Corporation supported this project with a prestigious Andrew Carnegie fellowship. In addition to her scholarly publications, LeFlouria writes for popular media outlets, including The AtlanticThe Washington Post, and The Root. Her research has also been profiled in Ms. MagazineNew York MagazineHuffington PostThe Nation, and in several PBS documentaries including Slavery by Another Name

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