Rebecca A. Tuuri

Assistant Professor

Rebecca Tuuri joined the University of Southern Mississippi faculty in the fall of 2013. She earned BA degrees in history and studio art at Rice University and then received her Ph.D. in history from Rutgers-New Brunswick She currently teaches courses in Civil Rights, African American, American, Women's and Gender, and World history. 

Tuuri has recently published Strategic Sisterhood: The National Council of Negro Women in the Black Freedom Struggle, with UNC Press. Strategic Sisterhood is the first monograph to focus solely on the history of the largest black women's organization in the civil rights, black power, and feminist eras. While publicly moderate, the NCNW often worked behind the scenes to help support more radical activists and initiatives that would not have received funding on their own. Their efforts and fundraising provided a crucial infrastructure of black women to support activists during the black freedom struggle. She has also published a book chapter in the edited collection U.S. Women’s History: Untangling the Threads of Sisterhood (Rutgers University Press, 2017), an article in the Journal of Women's History, and an article in The History Teacher. She is the winner of a 2016 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, a 2015 Moody Foundation grant to research at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library, and three Mississippi Humanities Council grants. She currently serves on the boards of the Gulf South Historical Association, the Mississippi Historical Society, and the electronic version of the Mississippi Encyclopedia. She is also a member of the Mississippi Humanities Council Speaker's Bureau.