Rebecca A. Tuuri

Assistant Professor

Rebecca Tuuri joined the University of Southern Mississippi history faculty in the fall of 2013.  She is a native of the Gulf South—growing up in New Orleans and then attending Rice University in Houston for BAs in history and studio art.  She then ventured north, earning her PhD in U.S. women’s and gender history from Rutgers University, only to return south to teach first at Tulane and now at USM.

Tuuri is currently completing her book manuscript Strategic Sisterhood: The National Council of Negro Women in the Black Freedom Struggle, under advance contract with the University of North Carolina Press.  This monograph will be the first to tell the story of the largest black women’s organization during the height of the civil rights movement. She also has articles forthcoming in the Journal of Women’s History and in Untangling the Threads of Sisterhood, a volume edited by Leslie Brown, Jacqueline Castledine, and Anne Valk (under advance contract with Rutgers University Press).  She has presented work on the NCNW in many major national meetings including the Southern Association of Women’s Historians, Southern Historical Association, Organization of American Historians, and Social Science History Association Conferences, among others.  Tuuri’s work on the Council challenges historiographical binaries separating radical from moderate activism as well as showing the tremendous importance of black clubwomen’s work in the black freedom struggle. She has taught survey courses in African American, United States, World Civilizations, and Women’s and Gender history, as well as specialized courses on the Civil Rights Movement, and modern America. She is also the co-coordinator for National History Day in Mississippi.

Finally, Tuuri is a member of Center for the Study of the Gulf South, the Center for Black Studies, Center for Women and Gender Studies at Southern Miss, and she and is a board member of the Gulf South Historical Association.  She is the winner of a 2016 NEH Summer Stipend and a 2015 Moody Foundation research grant from the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library.