Professor
415 Hamilton Hall
919-962-8082
mcneilgr@email.unc.edu

Education

MA University of Chicago, 1970
PhD University of Chicago, 1975

Research Interests

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 Notable 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 Taught (as schedule allows)

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  • 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