Anastasia Curwood

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  • Associate Professor
  • Director, African American & Africana Studies
  • African American and Africana Studies
  • Center for Equality and Social Justice
  • History
  • Social Theory
1715 Patterson Office Tower, 102 Breckinridge Hall
859-257-6857, 859-257-2284
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ON LEAVE Fall 2020 and Spring 2021

For African American and Africana Studies concerns, please contact Interim Director DaMaris Hill.



Princeton University, M.A. 1999, Ph.D., 2003


Anastasia Curwood joined the Department of History in 2014. A native of Cambridge, Massachusetts, she earned her undergraduate degree at Bryn Mawr College (PA) and her M.A. and Ph.D. in History from Princeton University. Her work has been recognized with fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, and the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference at Emory University. In her spare time, Dr. Curwood enjoys riding and competing her Thoroughbred retired racehorse.


Dr. Curwood's scholarship focuses on the interface between private life and historical context for black Americans in the twentieth century. In particular, she studies the workings of gender in African Americans' social, cultural/intellectual, and political history. Her first book explored marriages between middle-class African Americans in the era of the New Negro and the Great Depression.  Her current project is a critical biography of Congresswoman and Democratic candidate for United States president Shirley Chisholm.

Graduate Students

LeDatta Grimes

Jillean McCommons

Austin Zinkle

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