Francoise N. HamlinAssociate Professor of Africana Studies and History
Françoise N. Hamlin (Ph.D. Yale University, 2004) is an Associate Professor in History and Africana Studies and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses primarily in twentieth century U.S. history, African American history, southern history, cultural studies and Africana Studies. Prior to joining the faculty at Brown, Professor Hamlin was a DuBois-Mandela-Rodney fellow at the University of Michigan (2004-2005), and an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2005-2007). Since then she has been a Charles Warren Center Fellow at Harvard University (2007-2008), and a Woodrow Wilson-Mellon Fellow (2010-2011).
Current research includes work on children and the complexities of activism during the civil rights movement.
Professor Hamlin first monograph, _Crossroads At Clarksdale: The Black Freedom Struggle in the Mississippi Delta After World War II_ recently won the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians First Book Prize for 2012 and the Lillian Smith Book Award. She has also completed an edited anthology (as co-editor), _Truly These Are The Brave: An Anthology of African Americans Writing on Citizenship and War_ which is forthcoming.
My current research includes work on children and youth during the mass civil rights movement with critical analysis on the nature of activism.
_Crossroads at Clarksdale_ (UNC Press, 2012) studies the civil rights movement in Coahoma County, Mississippi from 1951 to the present. Three points of inquiry frame this work. First, I reinstate women's roles as paramount to the successful maneuverings at the local level and I recast their own understanding of those roles in their own terms, using the trope of motherhood and motherwork to reinterpret leadership. Second, I track the movement of organizations in the local area, analyzing those that passed through and those that stayed in order to better understand when and how organizations succeed in their goals given the multitude of variables the members confronted, and I utilize my concept of flexible loyalties to describe how local people consciously used the groups to fulfill their own needs, Finally I reassess the difference that community activism and group cooperation made for the success of social programs. By ending the project at the eve of the millennium, I question the conventional periodization of the civil rights movement as has been memorialized by political, social and cultural historians. How do we calculate the success of a movement?
Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, 2010-2011.
Charles Warren Center Fellow, Harvard University, 2007-2008.
Du Bois-Mandela-Rodney Fellowship, Center for Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan, 2004-2005.
Albert J. Beveridge Research Grant, American Historical Association, 2003.
Huggins-Quarles Award, Organization of American Historians, 2002.
John F. Kennedy Foundation Research Grant, 2002.
Summer Research Fellowship, I Advanced Study of Religion Institute at Yale, Pew Charitable Trusts, 2002.
Moody Grant-in-aid, The Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation, 2001.
Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies. 2015.
The Barrett Hazeltine Citations for Excellence in Teaching, Guidance and Support by 2015 Senior Class. 2015.
William G. McLoughlin Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Social Sciences. 2014
Lillian Smith Book Award. 2013.
Berkshire Conference of Women Historians First Book Prize for 2012. 2013.
Woodrow Wilson National Fellow. 2010-2011.
Charles Warren Center Fellow, Harvard University. 2007-2008.
Franklin L. Riley Dissertation Prize, Mississippi Historical Society. 2006.
C. Vann Woodward Dissertation Prize, Southern Historical Association. 2005.
Du Bois-Mandela-Rodney Fellowship, Center for Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan. 2004-2005.
Sylvia Ardyn Boone Prize for work in African American culture & history, Yale University. 2004.
Albert J. Beveridge Research Grant, American Historical Association. 2003.
Huggins-Quarles Award, Organization of American Historians. 2002.
American Historical Association
Organization of American Historians
Southern Historical Association
Southern Association for Women Historians (membership committee member, 2005-2007)
Coordinating Council for Women in History (graduate student representative, 2002-2004)
American Studies Association
Association for the Study of African American Life & History
Study of the History of Children and Youth
Courses taught include:
An Introduction to Africana Studies
American Slavery and Its Afterlife
Rethinking the Civil Rights Movement
Autobiography of the Civil Rights Movement
Formation of Modern American Culture
Social Change in the 1960s
The Black Freedom Struggle Since 1945
Racializing Britain From World War II To The Present
Emancipation to Obama
African American Women's History
American Patriotism in Black and White
AFRI 0090 - An Introduction to Africana Studies. Fall 2014, Fall 2016.
AFRI 1090 - Black Freedom Struggle Since 1945. Spring 2017.
HIST 0654B - American Patriotism in Black and White. Fall 2016.
HIST 1965 - Social Change in the 1960s. Spring 2015.
HIST 1971X - From Emancipation To Obama. Spring 2015.
HIST 1979D - American Slavery and Its Afterlife. Fall 2014.
HIST 2970C - Rethinking the Civil Rights Movement. Spring 2017.