Myisha S. Eatmon
College of Arts and Sciences
B.A. University of Notre Dame
M.A. Northwestern University
Ph.D. Northwestern University, November 2019.
I am a Chapel Hill, North Carolina native and I joined the department as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Fall 2019. I will begin my role as an Assistant Professor of African American History in Fall 2020. My dissertation, titled Public Wrongs, Private Rights: African Americans, Private Law, and White Violence during Jim Crow, explores black legal culture in the face of white-on-black violence under Jim Crow and black civil litigation’s impact on civil law. My interest in social justice drives my research, which focuses on the ways that oppressed persons, particularly African Americans, use their legal imaginations. I have earned the American Historical Association’s Littleton-Griswold Research in Legal History Research Grant among other research grants to advance my research on black legal culture, civil law, and Jim Crow. I have also received the Mellon/American Council for Learned Scholars Dissertation Completion Fellowship to complete my dissertation, and I am a Kathryn T. Preyer Fellow and J. Willard Hurst Fellow through the American Society for Legal History and the University of Wisconsin School of Law. I am committed to the recovery of lost histories and voices, to the cultivation of historical and civic debate, and civic engagement and I hope my work will foster discussion inside and outside of the academy.
I plan on using my postdoctoral year to publish an article and present two pieces at the American Society of Legal History’s annual conference and the Organization of American Historians’ annual conference. Additionally, I am interested in developing African American history courses, legal history courses, and courses derived from my dissertation on African American legal history. My interest in my current subject matter comes from my interest in activism and social justice, and I hope to use my position at the university to further those interests. The History Department has been very active in working on South Carolina public history, particularly Columbia’s public history, and I aim to assist in this endeavor in order to bring my expertise to bear on what appears to be an effort to provide justice for those whose history has been erased or overlooked in my new home, Columbia, South Carolina.