Jacquelyn Dowd Hall is the Spruill Professor of History and director of the Southern Oral History Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her work revolves around issues of race, class, and gender in the American South.
At Radcliffe, Hall will complete a book: a study of southern women radicals and intellectuals that stresses the centrality of the South and of women writers of the politics and culture of the Popular Front. She will demonstrate the breadth and complexity of the intellectual field that called the work of such women into being and gave it meaning, argue for a broad-based “reconstruction of social knowledge” in the interwar period, and advance the recovery of the left feminist strand in the women's rights tradition. She will also complete a presidential address, “The Long Civil-Rights Movement and the Integrationist Dream,” which she will deliver in 2004 at the annual meeting of the Organization of Historians in Boston.
Hall is the author of two prize-winning books and many articles. In addition to serving as president of the Organization of American Historians, she is the immediate past president of the Southern Historical Association and the founding president of the Labor and Working Class History Association. In 1999, she was awarded a National Humanities Medal by the president of the United States. She held a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 1990 and has been the recipient of numerous other fellowships and awards.