Glenda Gilmore

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Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore is an award-winning historian of the American South at Yale University.


An eighth-generation North Carolinian, Gilmore received her B.A. in Psychology from Wake Forest University. She taught high school history in South Carolina for several years and held managerial positions in private industry before returning to school to graduate from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with an M.A., and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Ph.D. She studied at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University.[1]

She taught history at Queens University of Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina before joining the Yale University as an assistant professor in 1994, full professor of history in 1998, and Peter V. & C. Vann Woodward Professor of History in 2001.[2] She is also a member of the University's African American studies and American studies departments and currently serves as the Acting Chair of the African American Studies Department. Her areas of expertise include: race relations, women's and African-American history, the history of social reform, American religious activism, North Carolina history, the history of prostitution and the political, social and cultural history of the United States in the late 19th and 20th centuries.

She is collaborating with Thomas Sugrue on a synthetic reinterpretation of society and politics in twentieth century America.

She is married to noted Cambodian genocide scholar Ben Kiernan.



  • Gender and Jim Crow: Women and the Politics of White Supremacy in North Carolina, 1896-1920. 1996
  • Defying Dixie: The Radical Roots of Civil Rights, 1919-1950 W. W. Norton & Company, January 2008. ISBN 978-0-393-33532-3
  • "Am I a 'Screwball,' or am I a Pioneer?": Pauli's Murray's Civil Rights Movement in Walter Isaacson (ed.) Profiles in Leadership (W. W. Norton & Company, 2011)


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