Prof. Glenda Gilmore appointed Mary Ball Washinton Chair in American History

posted 10/07/18

The School of History is delighted to announce the appointment of Prof. Glenda Gilmore to the 2018/19 Mary Ball Washingto Chair in American History. Glenda is currently based at Yale  where she is the Peter V. and C. Van Woodward Professor of History, African American Studies, and American Studies. Her most recent book, These United States:  A Nation in the Making, 1890 to the Present, coauthored with Thomas Sugrue, appeared as a trade book in October, 2015, published by W. W. Norton.   Defying Dixie: The Radical Roots of Civil Rights, 1919-1950, was one of the American Library Association’s Notable Books of 2008, and the Washington Post’s Best Books of 2008. She is the editor of Who Were the Progressives? and co-edited Jumpin’ Jim Crow: Southern Politics from Civil War to Civil Rights.  Her first book, Gender and Jim Crow:  Women and the Politics of White Supremacy in North Carolina, 1896-1920, published in 1996, won Frederick Jackson Turner Award, the James A. Rawley Prize, the Julia Cherry Spruill Prize, and the Heyman Prize.  She is at work on a study of the African American artist Romare Bearden and his family interpreted through his artistic work, to be published by the University of North Carolina Press

The Mary Ball Washingto Chair in American History was founded through the efforts of John D.J. Moore, Ambassador of the United States of America to Ireland, 1969-1975, and established on August 7 1975 by Statute LXXXVI of the University, with the support of a gift from the Alfred I. Du Pont Foundation.

Since its foundation, the Professorship has been held by some extremely distinguished historians, and it has been regarded as a crucial benefit for those teaching history at UCD, as providing a point of contact with the historical profession in the United States and as helping to interest generations of Irish students in the history of the United States of America.