415 Hamilton Hall
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599
MA University of Chicago, 1970
PhD University of Chicago, 1975
Genna Rae McNeil’s areas of specialty are African-American History and U.S. social movements of the twentieth century. Within these areas, current research interests are civil rights, and civil liberties, African-American women and social movements, the African-American religious experience, youth movements, and African-American youth. She is completing a research project on Joan Little and “The ‘Free Joan Little’ Movement.” Additional research interests and forthcoming studies include focus on Women, Social Movements, Activism/Agency, Depression, and Incarceration/Prisons.
Some Significant Publications
- Author (with co-authors Houston B. Roberson, Quinton H. Dixie and Kevin McGruder), Witness: Two Hundred Years of African American Faith and Practice at the Abyssinian Baptist Church of Harlem, New York, 1808–2008 (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, October 2013)
- Co-editor with Nancy Grant and Editor V.P. Franklin, African-Americans and Jews in the Twentieth Century: Studies in Convergence and Conflict (University of Missouri Press, 1999)
- Co-editor, with John Hope Franklin, African Americans and the Living Constitution (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1995)
- Co-editor, with Michael R. Winston, Historical Judgments Reconsidered (Howard University Press, 1988)
- Groundwork: Charles Hamilton Houston and the Struggle for Civil Rights, Historical Judgments Reconsidered (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1983)
Courses Offered (as schedules allow)
For current course listings, consult the Registrar’s Schedule of Classes.
- HIST 395—Topics in African-American History
- HIST 569—History of African-American Women
- HIST 581—United States Constitutional History before the Civil War
- HIST 582—United States Constitutional History after the Civil War
- HIST 588—History of African-Americans to 1865
- HIST 589—History of African-Americans, 1865 to Present
- HIST 870—Readings in African-American History
- HIST 942—Graduate Seminar in African-American History
Professor McNeil holds an adjunct position in the Department of African and African American Diaspora Studies (AAADS).