History Department
History Department

Two historians listed as experts for Black History Month

Wed, February 2, 2011
Two historians listed as experts for Black History Month
Professors Tiffany Gill and Juliet Walker

February marks the celebration of Black History Month, a remembrance of important people and events in African American history.

Two Department of History faculty members at The University of Texas (UT) at Austin are available to discuss issues ranging from racial rhetoric in the United States to the "Oprah effect" or racial disparities in health and education. Below are potential story ideas to mark Black History Month and two department researchers who are available to discuss these topics.

African American Business and Entrepreneurship

Possible topics:

  • The most influential black business leaders of all time
  • The state of black-owned businesses in America
  • The legacy of Oprah Winfrey as she introduces her new network

Juliet Walker
Professor, Department of History

Walker researches African American business, capitalism, race and the black political economy, free blacks and slavery,black intellectual history and women's history. She is working on a book manuscript, "Oprah Winfrey: An American Entrepreneur," for Harvard Business School Press.

Beauty Shop Politics

Possible topics:

  • Beauty parlors as platforms for political activism
  • The creation of the modern black female identity
  • The everyday operations and rich culture of black beauty salons and their role in building community

Tiffany Gill
Assistant Professor, Department of History

Gill examines the role of African American beauticians and beauty salons in 20th century social, political and economic movements. Her research and teaching specializations address the impact of race, class and gender on constructions of American identities. To learn more, read her Q&A on beauty shop politics.

View entire list on College of Liberal Arts website...

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