Beverly Bond, Ph.D. is a Professor of African American History in the Department of History at the University of Memphis. Her research focuses on nineteenth-century African-American history, African-American Women’s History and Memphis History, particularly on African American women in Memphis and in Tennessee. She is particularly interested in the ways in which 19th-century African-American women negotiated the boundaries of race, class, and gender in the urban South.
A native Memphian, Dr. Bond received her B.S., first M.A., and Ph.D. – all in History – from Memphis State University/the University of Memphis. She also earned an M.Ed. from Teachers College at Columbia University (New York City). In addition to the University of Memphis, her career has included teaching positions with Memphis City Schools, Teaneck (NJ) Public Schools, Shelby County (TN) Schools (at Germantown High School), LeMoyne-Owen College, and Christian Brothers College. At the University of Memphis, Dr. Bond teaches courses in African American History, African American History, Slavery, Freedom, and Segregation: 19th Century African American History, and graduate seminars in Historical Research, and 19th Century African American History. She was the first permanent Director of the African and African American Studies (2002 to 2012) and has served on several local and state historical committees. She is currently on the Board of Trustees of Memphis Museums, Inc, the Board of Advisors of the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, and the Tennessee Historical Records Advisory Board. She served on and chaired the board of directors of Humanities Tennessee and is a past president of the Southern Association for Women Historians.
Dr. Bond’s publications include the two-volume Tennessee Women: Their Lives and Times (co-edited with Sarah Wilkerson-Freeman); Memphis in Black and White, Images of America: Beale Street, History of the University of Memphis, and Dreamers. Thinkers. Doers: A Centennial History of the University of Memphis (all co-authored or co-edited with Janann Sherman). Her forthcoming (2020) publication Remembering the Memphis Massacre: An American Story (co-edited with Susan Eva O’Donovan) is a collection of the essays presented at the 2016 symposium commemorating the 1866 Memphis Massacre.
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