Natasha L. McPherson
Ph.D., 2011, Emory University
Areas of specialization: African American history, black family and community development, and women’s influence on identity politics and citizenship rights.
Professor Natasha McPherson earned her Ph.D. in History from Emory University. Her research and teaching interests are broadly focused on African American history, black family and community development, and women’s influence on identity politics and citizenship rights. Professor McPherson specializes in the history of black women, examining the ways in which notions about gender, color, sex, and social reputation influenced black family and community development in the nineteenth and twentieth century. She is currently working on her first book, tentatively titled, “Creole Queens: Creole Women, the Color Line, and the Birth of a Beige Bourgeoisie.” By investigating the public and private lives of Creole Women in post-Reconstruction New Orleans, this book demonstrates that Creole women challenged the politics of the color line and pushed the boundaries of respectability and citizenship in the Jim Crow South.