History professor to give virtual talk on Black Americans

In celebration of Black History Month, the UO Center for the Study of Women in Society is partnering with the University of Utah to present "Black Americans and the Borders of Belonging: A Conversation with Martha S. Jones.”

The virtual talk will be held Thursday, Feb. 18, at 11 a.m. Event registration is available online.

Professor Martha S. Jones is the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor, professor of history and a professor at the SNF Agora Institute at The Johns Hopkins University. She is a legal and cultural historian whose work examines how Black Americans have shaped the story of American democracy. 

Her new book, “Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All,” was selected as one of Time's 100 must-read books for 2020.  

Jones’ 2018 book “Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America” was winner of the Organization of American Historians Liberty Legacy Award for the best book on civil rights history, the American Historical Association Littleton-Griswold Prize for best book on American legal history, the American Society for Legal History John Phillip Reid Book Award for best book on Anglo-American legal history, and the Baltimore City Historical Society scholars honor for 2020.

Jones is also author of “All Bound Up Together: The Woman Question in African American Public Culture 1830-1900,” published in 2007, and a co-editor of the 2015 volume “Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women,” together with many articles and essays.

A public historian, Jones writes for broader audiences in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, USA Today, Public Books, Talking Points Memo, Politico, the Chronicle of Higher Education and Time magazine.