Princeton University, M.A. 1999, Ph.D., 2003
Bryn Mawr College, A. B. 1996
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 Institute for Citizens and Scholars, and the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference at Emory University. In her spare time, Dr. Curwood is a competitive equestrian.
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 newest book is the first compehensive biography of Congresswoman and Democratic candidate for United States president Shirley Chisholm (1924-2005).
Jillean McCommons, Ph.D. 2022
- Stormy Weather: Middle-Class African American Marriages Between the Two World Wars. University of North Carolina Press 2010 (2013 paper)
- Shirley Chisholm: Champion of Black Feminist Power Politics University of North Carolina Press 2023 (Kirkus and Foreword starred reviews)
UK’s Anastasia Curwood’s Book Explores How Pioneering Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm Influenced Policy
Hear Dr. Curwood talk with NBC's Chuck Todd about Shirley Chisholm's triumphs and challenges in seeking the presidency and beyond
Dr. Curwood in conversation with Reps. Ayanna Pressley and Barbara Lee on Shirley Chisholm's legacy