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History

Courtney Cain

Assistant Professor of History and African American Studies

Specialization

US History
African American History
African Diaspora
Haiti and The Diaspora
Women and Gender Studies 

Education

PhD in History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
MA in History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
BA in History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with a minor in African American Studies

Courses 

History 230: African American History, 1500-1865
History 233: African American History, 1865-2016
History 275: Black Diaspora Freedom Struggles
AfAm 110: Intro into African American Studies
AfAm 228: History of Hip Hop

Selected Publications

  • “Book Review: The Age of Garvey: How a Jamaican Activist Created a Mass Movement and Changed Global Black Politics by Adam Ewing.” in Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender, and the Black International, Summer 2018.
  • “Book Review: Battle for Bed-Stuy: The Long War on Poverty in New York City by Michael Woodsworth,” in The Black Scholar: Journal of Black Studies and Research, forthcoming.

Selected Conference Presentations

Presenter: “Duvalierism, the Changing Idea of Haiti and the Formation of the Haitian Diaspora in Chicago, 1957-1985” March 2017.
Migration, Immigration, and Diaspora
Harvard University Graduate Conference on International History

Presenter: “DuSable’s Diaspora: Haitians in Chicago 1935-2010” October 2016
Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories
Association for the Study of African American Life and History Annual Meeting

Presenter: “A Moment of Hope: Haitians in Chicago, 1935-1956” May 2016
Haiti: Beyond Commemorations and Boundaries
University of Chicago Graduate Conference

Presenter: A Dispersed Diaspora: Haitians in Chicago, 1933-2010” April 2015
Beyond Coasts: Haiti Midwest Symposium
Northwestern University Graduate Conference

Presenter: “The Complex Racial Politics of the Coalition of Labor Union Women, 1974-1979” March 2013
Community of Scholars Research Conference
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Presenter: “Mothering My Own: The Challenges of Black Motherhood for Black Women Activists” September 2012
Association for the Study of African American Life and History
University of Pittsburgh

Honors and Awards

  • Certification of Exemplary Leadership, SROP, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2017
  • Doris Quinn Fellowship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2017
  • Service Award, Graduate College, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015
  • Summer Pre-Dissertation Travel Grant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013
  • Mentoring Excellence, Graduate College, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2013
  • Outstanding Instructor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2012, 2013, 2016
  • Graduate College Distinguished Fellowship, University of Illinois, 2010-2014
  • Most Outstanding Scholar, SPI, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2010