The Center for Black Studies strives for excellence in research and teaching. Faculty
affiliates have numerous publications in civil rights history, race in media, southern
cultural studies, Black musical traditions, educational inequality, Jim Crow politics,
gender studies, and African American literary studies. Affiliates develop popular
courses based on their interdisciplinary research that attract students to the Black
Dr. Rebecca Tuuri
Co-Director of the Center for the Study of the Gulf South and Associate Professor of History
Areas of interest:
Dr. Tuuri teaches survey courses in African American History (HIS 373 and HIS 374)
that are foundational for the Black Studies minor. Her “History of the Civil Rights
Movement” (HIS 478) exposes students to the well-preserved local histories of Hattiesburg
and surrounding communities. Leading students on field trips to cultural landmarks
and delving into the civil rights archives, Dr. Tuuri lets students experience the
Alyssa Bass, ’20
• Major: News-Editorial Journalism
For Alyssa Bass, ’20, Black Studies emphasized the importance of learning history, framing Black people as change agents, and recognizing everyone in the African Diaspora.
Jonathan Puckett, ’20
• Major / Minor: English, History / Black Studies
Jonathan Puckett, ’20, was writing his Honors thesis on the literature of Pauline Hopkins, an African American writer and activist-intellectual from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Naturally, the Black Studies minor enhanced his thesis by grounding it in existing scholarly discussions.
• Studies in African American Literature: Frances Harper (ENG 473)
Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (1825-1911) was the most prolific African American writer of the nineteenth century. She wrote and published several collections of poetry, popular short fiction, and one of the first African American novels—Iola Leroy (1892). A leading abolitionist orator and suffragist, Harper’s activism infused her writings about the experiences of the enslaved, exploited, disenfranchised, and discriminated. And, yet, most people today do not even know her name, her legacy discarded. This course will survey Frances Harper’s writings across genres, contextualized by a cultural history.
|• Black Politics in London and Paris
• June 3 - July 3, 2021
• Early Bird Deadline: January 4, 2021
• Application deadline: March 1, 2021
• Faculty: Dr. Marek Steedman
Examine British politics through the lens of the Black experience in London using Paris as a point of contrast and connection. This study abroad course looks at the impact of empire and immigration on British politics, and explores politics in the form of music, protest, and political ideas, as well as in the context of formal political institutions.
Highlight class visits include: Black History Walks, a guided tour with a London native explores Black history and politics in a specific part of the city, and a visit to the Migration Museum, which presents the story of 400 years of movement to and from the United Kingdom, and how it has shaped modern Britain. Watch Course Overview