Tera Hunter

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Tera Hunter
Born Miami, Florida
Alma mater Duke University
Yale University
Occupation Historian, professor
Employer Princeton University
Notable work To 'Joy My Freedom
Title Professor of History and African-American Studies

Tera Hunter is an American scholar of African-American history and gender. She is Professor of History and African-American Studies at Princeton University.

Early life[edit]

Hunter was born in Miami, Florida. She graduated with Distinction in History from Duke University, then earned an M.Phil. and Ph.D. in history from Yale University.[1]


Hunter taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, then Carnegie Mellon University before joining the faculty of Princeton in 2007.[1]

Hunter's first book, To 'Joy My Freedom: Southern Black Women’s Lives and Labors After the Civil War, won the H. L. Mitchell Award from the Southern Historical Association,[2] the Letitia Brown Memorial Book Prize from the Association of Black Women’s Historians and the Book of the Year Award in 1997 from the International Labor History Association.[1]


  • To 'Joy My Freedom: Southern Black Women’s Lives and Labors After the Civil War (Harvard University Press, 1998)[3][4][5]
  • ed. The African American Urban Experience: Perspectives from the Colonial Period to the Present with Joe Trotter and Earl Lewis (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004)
  • ed. Dialogues of Dispersal: Gender, Sexuality and African Diasporas with Sandra Gunning and Michele Mitchell (Wiley-Blackwell, 2004)[6]
  • The Making of a People: A History of African-Americans with Robin D. G. Kelley and Earl Lewis (W. W. Norton, forthcoming)
  • Bound in Wedlock: Slave and Free Black Marriage in the Nineteenth Century (Harvard University Press, 2017)[7][8]


  1. ^ a b c "Tera Hunter | Department of History". history.princeton.edu. Princeton University. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  2. ^ "H. L. Mitchell Award". thesha.org. Southern Historical Association. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  3. ^ Shannon, Janet Harrison (1 April 2000). "To 'Joy My Freedom: Southern Black Women's Lives and Labors after the Civil War. Tera W. Hunter Gendered Strife and Confusion: The Political Culture of Reconstruction. Laura F. Edwards What a Woman Ought to Be and to Do: Black Professional Women Workers during the Jim Crow Era. Stephanie J. Shaw". Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. 25 (3): 908–912. doi:10.1086/495488. ISSN 0097-9740. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  4. ^ Holsey, Bayo (1 January 1998). "To 'Joy My Freedom: Southern Black Women's Lives and Labors After the Civil War". Transforming Anthropology. 7 (1): 76–77. doi:10.1525/tran.1998.7.1.76. ISSN 1548-7466. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  5. ^ Faust, Drew Gilpin (July 13, 1997). "Slave Wages". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  6. ^ Epprecht, Marc (2006). "Review of Dialogues of Dispersal: Gender, Sexuality, and African Diasporas". The International Journal of African Historical Studies. 39 (1): 144–147. JSTOR 40034005.
  7. ^ Robertson, Darryl (2017-08-17). "V Books: Prof. Tera Hunter Explores Slave Marriages In 'Bound In Wedlock'". Vibe. Retrieved 2018-02-15.
  8. ^ Smith, Mark M. (2017-06-09). "Till Death or Distance Do Us Part". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2018-02-15.