Academic Interests

    Recent Commons Activity


      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


      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)

      Heidi Dodson

      Profile picture of Heidi Dodson


      active 11 months, 3 weeks ago