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Last Name
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
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African American Gender History, History of Education, Teachers, Youth Culture, Urban Southern History
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Personal Info

About Me

Sonya Ramsey attended Howard University where she received a B.A. in Journalism and received her Master’s and Ph.D. in United States History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is an Associate Professor of History and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She specializes in African American Gender History, the History of Education, and Southern History. She is also Director of the Graduate Certificate Program in Women’s and Gender Studies at UNC Charlotte. An experienced oral historian, Dr. Ramsey was one of the original interviewers in the Behind the Veil Project: Documenting the Jim Crow South sponsored by Duke University and the Ford Foundation.



Recent Publications

Sonya Ramsey is the author of several historical works including, Reading, Writing, and Segregation: a Century of Black Women Teachers in Nashville, published by the University of Illinois Press; A book chapter entitled, “The Destiny of Our Race Lies Largely in Their Hands:’ African American Women Teachers’ Efforts during the Progressive Era in Memphis and Nashville,” in the edited volume, Their Work in the Public Sphere: Tennessee’s New Women in the New South During the Progressive Era, Mary Evins, editor, (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press); and “Caring is Activism: Black Southern Womanist Teachers Theorizing and the Careers of Kathleen Crosby and Bertha Maxwell-Roddey, 1946–1986,” in Educational Studies: A Journal of the American Educational Studies Association, 48, no. 3, 244-265. Currently she is completing her manuscript, After the Marches: Bertha Maxwell-Roddey’s Educational Activism, Reconfiguring Civil Rights in the Desegregated South, which is under advanced contract with the University Press of Florida.


Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century
Expertise by Topic
Children & Youth, Gender, Higher Ed, Local & Regional, Museums, Race, Urban History, Women