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Michelle R. Scott

Associate Professor of History and Affiliate faculty member in African Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies and the Language, Literacy and Culture program

Research and teaching focus is U.S. history, black musical culture, women’s studies, and civil rights and social justice. Presented in national and international forums on blues music, black women’s history and American popular culture. Recipient of an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Career Enhancement Fellowship, a Mellon Mays Research Grant, a Ford Foundation Fellowship, and a Smithsonian Institution Research Grant. Author of Blues Culture and Bessie Smith in Black Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1880-1923 (2008). Currently working on a study detailing the origins and economic ramifications of the “chitlin” black vaudeville theater circuit of the early 20th century. Dr. Scott is also the 2015-2018 Presidential Teaching Professor and received the Regent’s Faculty Award for Excellence in Mentoring.

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