Dr. Brandi Brimmer

Associate Professor
Office Location: 
Holmes Hall

African-American women; African American; gender and emancipation; U.S. social and political; U.S. women's and gender

Ph.D. American History - Univ. of California, Los Angeles
M.A. African-American Studies - Univ. of California, Los Angeles
B.A. History - Spelman College

Courses: United States history; African-American women's history


  • Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2011-2012

Select Scholarship

  • "Black Women's Politics, Narratives of Sexual Immorality, and Federal Policy in Mary Lee's North Carolina Neighborhood," Journal of Southern History 80:4 (Nov 2014): 827-858.
  • "'Her Claim for Pension is Lawful and Just': Representing Black Union Widows in Late-Nineteenth Century North Carolina," Journal of the Civil War Era 1:2 (June 2011): 207-36.
  • Review of Mary Farmer-Kaiser, Freedwomen and the Freedmen's Bureau: Race, Gender, and Public Policy in the Age of Emancipation (New York: Fordham Univ. Press, 2010). Journal of Southern History 77:4 (Nov 2011): 999-1000.
  • Review of Thavolia Glymph, Out of the House of Bondage: the Transformation of the Plantation Household (New York: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2008). The Alabama Review 63 (Jan 2010): 75-77.

Recent Presentations

  • "Encountering the State:  Southern Black Women and the U.S. Pension Bureaucracy in Post-Civil War America," at the 'Long Aftermath of Slavery':  Emancipation and Reparation Struggles in the United States and the Caribbean Colloquium, Davis Center for Historical Studies (Princeton Univ., April 3-4, 2015).