Participant Info

First Name
Charlene J.
Last Name
Indiana University
Website URL
African American, U.S. South, Women and Gender, Carceral Studies, Mass Incarceration, Trauma
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Personal Info

About Me

My research interests include 19th and early 20th century U.S. history — antebellum America to the Progressive Era — with a focus on intersections of race, crime, and gender.

My current research explores the experiences of confined African-American women in Kentucky from Reconstruction to the Progressive Era, specifically illuminating the lives of confined black women by examining places other than carceral locales as arenas of confinement, including mental health asylums and domestic spaces. I seek to explore how these women both defied and defined confinement through their incarceration, interactions with public, social and political entities of the period, as well as how they challenged Victorian ideas of race and femininity and shaped prison and political reform in Kentucky.

Recent Publications

Book Reviews

Fletcher-Brown, C.  Review of Liberty’s Prisoners: Carceral Culture in Early America, by Jen Manion, Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, 115, no. 3 (Summer 2017): 419-421.


Web Publications

Kentucky Historical Society

Fletcher-Brown, Charlene. “Early Stories of Domestic Violence Raise Awareness, Foster Healing.” The Blog of the Kentucky Historical Society. November 4, 2016.

1914-1918-Online: International Encyclopedia of the First World War

Fletcher-Brown, C. “The Palmer Raids” 1914-1918 Online: International Encyclopedia of the First World War.

Fletcher-Brown, C. “U.S. Race Riots” 1914-1918 Online: International Encyclopedia of the First World War (2014) – Multiple Submissions

Fletcher-Brown, C. Significant People in African American History,  (2015)

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Local & Regional, Race, Sexuality, Sexual Violence, Slavery, Women