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Anastasia Curwood

Research Interests:
African-American History since 1865
Women's and Gender History
Intellectual History
political history

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).

Graduate Students

Jillean McCommons, Ph.D. 2022

Austin Zinkle, PhD. 2023

Ariane Santana

Norina Samuels

Dorian Cleveland