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    Heidi Dodson is a postdoctoral fellow in the Humanities in the World initiative at the Penn State Humanities Institute. She is a historian who specialized in twentieth-century African American history. Her research interests include community building, social movements, race and landscape, public and digital history, and environmental history. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has an MLIS from the University of Texas at Austin. Heidi is currently working on a book manuscript based on her dissertation, titled “We Cleared the Land with Our Hands”: Claiming Black Community Space in the Missouri Delta. Her work interrogates the intersections of rural migration, activism, and place in the Border South. Heidi most recently held positions as the CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Scholarship at the University at Buffalo (2018-2019) and Oral History Scholar-in-Residence at the Marian Cheek Jackson Center in Chapel Hill, NC (2017-2018).


    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, PhD History
    University of Texas-Austin, MLIS
    Southeast Missouri State University, BS Biology


    Peer Reviewed Articles

    “The River is Part of Our Life: African Americans and Water Landscapes in the Missouri Bootheel,” Missouri Historical Review 114, no. 1 (October 2019):16-39.

    “Race and Contested Rural Space in the Missouri Delta: African American Farm Workers and the Delmo Labor Homes, 1940-1951,” Buildings & Landscapes 23, no. 1 (Spring 2016): 78-101.

    Encyclopedia Articles & Book Reviews

    “Tenant Farming and Sharecropping,” in The World of Jim Crow America: A Daily Life Encyclopedia (Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Press, 2019): 135-138.

    “Rural Housing,”  in The World of Jim Crow America: A Daily Life Encyclopedia (Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Press, 2019):365-367.

    (Book review) Slavery on the Periphery: The Kansas-Missouri Border in the Antebellum and Civil War Eras. By Kristen Epps (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2016), Missouri Historical Review 112, no. 1 (October 2017): 76-78.

    (Book review) Been Coming Through Some Hard Times: Race, History, and Memory in Western Kentucky. By Jack Glazier (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2012), Journal of Social History, 49, no.3 (Spring 2016): 757-758.

    (Book review) J. V. Conran and Rural Political Power: Boss Mythology in the Missouri Bootheel. By Will Sarvis (Latham, MD: Lexington Books, 2012), Agricultural History, 88, no. 3 (Summer 2014): 451-453.








    Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)
    American Historical Association (AHA)
    Labor and Working-Class History Association (LAWCHA)
    Oral History Association (OHA)

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