Dylan C. Penningroth



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Dylan C. Penningroth



History Department

Northwestern University

1800 Sherman Ave.

Evanston, IL 60201

American Bar Foundation

750 North Lake Shore Drive, 4th floor

Chicago, IL 60611

dcp@abfn.org




EMPLOYMENT


2003- Associate Professor, History Department, Northwestern University

2007- Research Professor, American Bar Foundation

2002-03 Visiting Assistant Professor, History Department, Northwestern

1999-2002 Assistant Professor, History Department, University of Virginia



EDUCATION


Johns Hopkins University, M.A. 1996, Ph.D. in History 2000

Yale University, B.A. with Distinction in History, May 1993


AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS


2009-12 National Science Foundation Award (#0921883), “Local Courts and African American Life” (3-year grant)

2009 EBSCOhost/America: History and Life Award, Organization of American Historians (for article “The Claims of Slaves and Ex-Slaves”)

2008 Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Award, Northwestern

2008-10 Wayne V. Jones Research Professorship in History, Northwestern

2006-07 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, Newberry Library

2005-11 Distinguished Lecturer, Organization of American Historians


2006 Lane Professor in the Humanities, Northwestern

2004 Avery O. Craven Award, Organization of American Historians

2000 Allan Nevins Prize, The Society of American Historians

1998-99 Pre-doctoral Fellowship, Carter G. Woodson Institute for African and African American Studies, University of Virginia

1998 Huggins-Quarles Award, Organization of American Historians

1998 W. M. Keck Foundation and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Summer Fellowship, Huntington Library

1994-98 Dean’s Graduate Fellowship, Johns Hopkins

1997-98 Sawyer Seminar Fellowship, Mellon Foundation, Johns Hopkins

1997 Southern History Research Fellowship, Johns Hopkins

1996 Travel Grant, Institute for Global Studies, Johns Hopkins

1996 Smithsonian Graduate Summer Fellowship, National Museum of American History



PUBLICATIONS


“African American Divorce in Virginia and Washington DC, 1865-1930,” Journal of Family History, vol. 33, no. 1 (2008), 21-35
“The Claims of Slaves and Ex-Slaves to Family and Property: A Transatlantic Comparison,” American Historical Review 112, no. 4 (2007), 1039-69 (winner of biennial EBSCOhost/America: History and Life Award, Organization of American Historians)
“My People, My People: The Dynamics of Community in Southern Slavery,” 166-76, in New Studies in the History of American Slavery, ed. Edward E. Baptist and Stephanie M.H. Camp, University of Georgia Press, 2006
The Claims of Kinfolk: African American Property and Community in the Nineteenth-Century South, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003 (winner of Avery Craven Award, OAH)
“Slavery, Freedom, and Social Claims to Property Among African-Americans in Liberty County, Georgia, 1850-1880,” Journal of American History 84 (Sept. 1997), 405-35. Reprinted in The Old South: New Studies of Society and Culture, ed. J. William Harris (New York, 2008), 113-41

BOOK REVIEWS


Anthony E. Kaye, Joining Places: Slave Neighborhoods in the Old South (Chapel Hill, 2007), in American Historical Review 114, no. 3 (2009), 765-66
Gwendolyn Midlo Hall, Slavery and African Ethnicities in the Americas: Restoring the Links (Chapel Hill, 2005), in Journal of American History 93, no. 2 (2006), 518-19
Wilma A. Dunaway, The African-American Family in Slavery and Emancipation (New York, 2003), in Journal of American History 91, no. 2 (2004), 642-43
African American Life in the Rural South, 1900-1950, ed. R. Douglas Hurt (Columbia, Mo., 2003), in North Carolina Historical Review 81, no. 1 (2004), 125-26
Amy Dru Stanley, From Bondage to Contract: Wage Labor, Marriage, and the Market in the Age of Slave Emancipation (New York and Cambridge, Eng., 1998), in Journal of American History 88 (Mar. 2002), 1535
Walter Johnson, Soul by Soul: Life inside the Antebellum Slave Market (Cambridge, 1999), in Journal of American History 88 (Sept. 2001), 644
Jenny Bourne Wahl, The Bondsman’s Burden: An Economic Analysis of the Common Law of Southern Slavery (New York and Cambridge, Eng., 1998), in Labor History 42, no. 2 (2001), 199-200
Jon F. Sensbach, A Separate Canaan: The Making of an Afro-Moravian World in North Carolina, 1763-1840 (Chapel Hill, 1998), in Journal of Interdisciplinary History 30, no. 4 (2000), 701-702
Jeffrey R. Kerr-Ritchie, Freedpeople in the Tobacco South: Virginia, 1860-1900 (Chapel Hill, 1999), in Labor History 41, no. 4 (2000), 525-26
Philip D. Morgan, Slave Counterpoint: Black Culture in the Eighteenth-Century Chesapeake and Lowcountry (Chapel Hill, 1998), in Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 107, no. 3 (1999), 317-18

PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS


2009 “Beasts and Blood: Legacies of Slavery in Colonial Ghana,” conference on Creating Citizenship in the 19th Century South and Beyond, Univ. of Florida

2008 “The Preacher’s Wife,” History Colloquium, Southwestern Univ.

2008 “The Claims of Slaves and Ex-Slaves to Family and Property: A Transatlantic Comparison,” The Seminar, Johns Hopkins Univ.

2008 Chair, “Revisiting the Slave Community,” OAH annual meeting, New York

2008 Mellon Seminar Workshop, Univ. of Wisconsin

2008 “The Preacher's Wife: Law, Divorce, and Respectability among African Americans, 1865-1930,” Center for Historical Studies, Northwestern Univ.

2007 “The Preacher's Wife: Law, Divorce, and Respectability among African Americans, 1865-1930,” Legal History Colloquium, Harvard Law School; The Seminar, Johns Hopkins History Department

2007 “The Slave Community and African Slavery,” British-American Nineteenth Century History meeting, Cambridge, England

2007 “African American Divorce in Virginia and Washington DC, 1865-1930,” AHA annual meeting, Atlanta

2006 “Slaves’ Claims to Family and Property in Southern Gold Coast and the U.S. South,” Rock Ethics Institute, Penn State Univ.

2006 Respondent, “Rethinking Rebellious Slaves and Slave Rebellions,” SHEAR annual meeting, Montreal

2006 “Kinship,” symposium on New World Slavery: History, Memory and Redress, Univ. of Southern California

2006 "Slaves’ Claims to Family and Property in Southern Gold Coast and the U.S. South," Legal History Workshop, American Bar Foundation

2006 “The Idea of Ancestry: Family Land and Local Courts in the Jim Crow South,” AHA annual meeting, Philadelphia

2005 Consultant for Teaching American History institute, Evanston

2005 Organizer and panelist, “Inheritance in Comparative Perspective: West Africa and the U.S.,” Law & Society Association annual meeting, Las Vegas

2005 “A Question of Belonging,” Distinguished Lecturer Series, Stanford History Department

2004 Panelist, “New Meanings of Property in Legal History,” American Society for Legal History

2004 Organizer, “Slavery: State of the Field,” OAH Plenary

2004 Panelist, “Transforming Slavery” Conference, Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

2004 Legal History Workshop, Columbia Law School

2004 Commenter, “African Americans and the State in the United States and Canada,” AHA annual meeting

2003 “One of the Family? The End of Slavery in Fante, West Africa, 1868-1930,” American Bar Foundation

2003 “The Dynamics of Community in Southern Slavery,” OAH

2003 “After the Love Has Gone: Marital Exits Among Freedpeople,” USC Law School

2002 “Taking Kin to Court: The Renegotiation of Property and Family in the Freedmen’s Courts,” American Society for Legal History Annual Conference

2002 “Loud talking, landscapes, and black life in the 19th-century Lowcountry,” presented at “The Material World of Tidewater, Lowcountry, and Caribbean,” College of Charleston

2002 “My People, My people: The Dynamics of Community in Southern Slavery,” presented at symposium “New Studies in American Slavery,” Univ. of Washington, Seattle

2002 “The Black Family During Reconstruction,” Woodrow Wilson Center

2001 “One of the family? The dynamics of kinship among African Americans in the age of emancipation,” Southern Historical Association

2001 “The Role of African Studies in African American History,” presented at “Rethinking Nineteenth-Century American History,” Stanford Univ.

2000 “Reconstructing Property: African Americans and the Southern Claims Commission,” presented at Washington and Lee Law School

1999 “The Dynamics of Kinship Among African Americans During the Emancipation Process,” presented at “Slave Routes: The Long Memory,” symposium sponsored by UNESCO, New York University, Schomberg Center, and Smithsonian Institution

1999 Visiting Scholar, McNutt Graduate History Workshop Series, Indiana University, Bloomington, April 27-28, 1999

1998 Commentator, “Historical Perspectives on Race and Law in the United States,” Conference at University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison

1998 “Social Claims to Property Among Enslaved African Americans, 1850-1880,” presented at Cultural Studies in the African Diaspora Colloquium, UCLA

1997 “Social Claims to Property Among African Americans in the U.S. South Before the Civil War,” presented at California Institute of Technology

1997 “One of the Family? Abolition and Social Claims to Property in the Gold Coast, 1868-1885,” presented to Johns Hopkins Institute for Global Studies in Culture, Power, and History


PEER REVIEW AND RELATED ACTIVITIES

Referee for the Journal of Southern History, Oxford Univ. Press, Cambridge Univ. Press, University of North Carolina Press



TEACHING

United States Legal and Constitutional History since 1850

First Year Graduate Research Seminar

Blacks and the Law

African American History, 1500-1870

African American History Since 1860

Coordinator, Introduction to African American and African Studies (Univ. Virginia)


Gender and Slavery

Slavery and Emancipation in West Africa and the U.S. South


The Black Family

SERVICE


2008-10 Editorial Board, Journal of American History

2008-09 Planning Committee, Northwestern History Department

2008-09 Senior Search Committee, Northwestern Sociology

2006-09 Tenure Committee, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Northwestern

2008-09 Speakers Committee, American Bar Foundation

2007-08 Council member, Center for Historical Studies, Northwestern

2007-08 Chair, U.S. Borderlands Search Committee, Northwestern History

2007-08 Policy Committee, American Bar Foundation

2007-08 Research Committee, American Bar Foundation

2006-08 2008 Program Committee, Organization of American Historians

2005-07 Surrency Prize Committee, American Society for Legal History

2005-06 2006 Program Committee, Southern Historical Association

2005-06 Chair, Native American/Environmental History Search Committee

2004-05 Chair, Early America/Early National Search Committee, Northwestern History

2004-05 Member, College Ad Hoc Committee

Jan. 2003 Panelist, Public Programs Division, National Endowment for the Humanities

June 2003 Consultant for NEH Summer Seminar, “Roots,” Univ. of Virginia

2002 Member of Woodson Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship Selection Committee, Univ. of Virginia

2001 Search committee in Modern West African History, Univ. of Virginia

2001 “Arts and Sciences Envision,” University of Virginia strategic planning

1999-2002 Steering Committee, Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies

1998 Member of Woodson Institute Fellowship Selection Committee



1999-2002 Head of Curriculum Redesign Committee and Coordinator for Introduction to African American and African Studies (AAS 101)


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