Erin D. Chapman

Erin Chapman
Title:
Associate Professor
Office:
309
Address:
Phillips Hall
801 22nd St NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
Email:
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

  • 20th-century United States
  • African American History
  • Women and Gender

Dr. Erin D. Chapman holds an A.B. in History from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in African American Studies and History from Yale University. She is a scholar of race and sexuality in U.S. culture and a historian of gender politics in the 20th-century black freedom movement. Her research has been supported by the Ford Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the American Association of University Women, and the Schlesinger Library at Harvard University.

Dr. Chapman is currently researching a biography focusing on the art and activism of radical journalist and playwright Lorraine Hansberry. She is the author of Prove It On Me: New Negroes, Sex, and Popular Culture in the 1920s (Oxford University Press, 2012) and a range of book chapters and articles, including “Staging Gendered Radicalism at the Height of the U.S. Cold War: A Raisin in the Sun and Lorraine Hansberry’s Vision of Freedom,” Gender & History 29:2 (August 2017): 446-467; “The New Negro and the New South” Chapter 4 in A Companion to the Harlem Renaissance, ed. Cherene Sherrard-Johnson, 65-80 (Wiley-Blackwell, 2015); and “Rape Fantasies and Other Assaults: Black Women’s Sexuality and Racial Redemption on Film” Chapter 10 in Black Female Sexualities, eds. Trimiko Melancon and Joanne M. Braxton, 141-158 (Rutgers University Press, 2015).

At GW, Dr. Chapman teaches survey courses in African American history and graduate and undergraduate seminars on African American historiography, African American historical biography, the history of slavery and its legacies, and black radicalisms.

Complete C.V. (PDF)

Education

Ph.D., Yale University, 2006

Publications

“Staging Gendered Radicalism at the Height of the U.S. Cold War: A Raisin in the Sun and Lorraine Hansberry’s Vision of Freedom,” Gender & History 29:2 (August 2017): 446-467.

Prove It On Me: New Negroes, Sex, and Popular Culture in the 1920s. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.

“The New Negro and the New South” (solicited and accepted for publication as a chapter in A Companion to the Harlem Renaissance, ed. Cherene Sherrard-Johnson; in press at Wiley-Blackwell)

“Rape Fantasies and Other Assaults: Black Women’s Sexuality and Racial Redemption on Film” (accepted for publication as a chapter in Contemporary Black Female Sexualities, eds. Trimiko Melancon and Joanne M. Braxton; forthcoming from Rutgers University Press January 2015)

“Prove It On Me: The New Negro Woman in the Sex-Race Marketplace.” Maroon: The Yale Journal of African American Studies 1:1 (Spring 2006): 63-86.

“Reverse Colorism and the Politics of Black Class and Gender Representation in Soul Food.” Black Arts Quarterly, 4:1 (Winter/Spring 1999): 12-15.

Classes Taught

HIST 2305W: Race and Gender in the New Negro Era

HIST 3360: African American History to 1865

HIST 3361: African American History since 1865

HIST 3362: African American Women's History

HIST 6301: African American Historiography

Periodically:

HIST 3001: American Slavery and Its Legacies

HIST 3001: U.S. Black Feminisms 1830-1990

HIST 3001: Race in U.S. Popular Film