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Thompson Moore
Saint Louis University
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African American History, Slavery, Popular Culture, Entertainment History, Music and Dance, Atlantic Slave Trade, African American women, race
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About Me

Katrina Thompson Moore is an Associate Dean in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Engagement for the College of Arts and Sciences.  She is also an Associate Professor in the Department of History and the Department of African American Studies at Saint Louis University.   Dr. Moore specializes in nineteenth and twentieth-century issues of race, gender, stereotypes, popular culture, and American entertainment culture.  Thompson received her B.A. from Our Lady of the Lake University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Her book published in 2014 titled Ring Shout, Wheel About: The Racial Politics of Music and Dance in North American Slavery focused on the complexity of Black music and dance in the foundation of the United States and has been recognized as one the 13 most important books in Black History by the Washington Post.  Dr. Moore has been a contributor to discussions on race, popular culture, and the African American experience on numerous media outlets and is frequently invited to lecture at venues around the nation.

Katrina Moore is the founder of the Race and Reconciliation Project which organizes educational workshops for enhancing an understanding of the experiences of Blacks in America. A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Dr. Moore is committed to enriching a better understanding of history and culture.  Beyond academic publications, Katrina Thompson Moore publishes children’s books to support representation across the spectrum.

Recent Publications


Ring Shout, Wheel About: The Racial Politics of Music and Dance in North American      Slavery (Urbana, Chicago, & Springfield: University of Illinois Press, 2014).


Articles and Book Chapters  

Guest Editor, Special Issue: “Black Women, The Body and Dance” Journal of American Culture, Vol. 46, Issue 2, June, 2023.

“Introduction: Black women dancing through time and space” Journal of American Culture, Vol. 46, Issue 2, June 2023.

“The Wonder Years in Black and White: A Comparative Analysis,” Popular Culture  Studies Journal, Vol. 11, Number 1 (Spring 2023).

“Backstage: ‘White Folks do as they please, and the darkies do as they can,’” chapter in   anthology Music in Black American Life, Forthcoming, 2023.

“The Wench: Black Women in Antebellum Minstrel Show and Popular Culture,” The  Journal of American Culture, Volume 44, Issue 4 (December 2021).

“The Fallacy of the Nut Pussy: Cross-dressing, Black Comedy, and Women,” Popular Culture Studies Journal, Special Edition on Black Popular Culture, September        2020.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
4, 5, 8, 9
Expertise by Topic
Race, Slavery, Women