academic publications

Non-Fiction Books


Tales from the Haunted South Dark Tourism and Memories of Slavery from the Civil War Era (UNC Press: University of North Carolina Press, 2015).


The House on Diamond Hill: A Cherokee Plantation Story (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2010).


Ties That Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005).


Crossing Waters, Crossing Worlds: The African Diaspora in Indian Country, essay collection co-edited with Sharon P. Holland (Durham: Duke University Press, 2006).

Articles and Chapters

“‘Shall Woman’s Voice Be Hushed?’: Laura Smith Haviland in Abolitionist Women’s History.” Michigan Historical Review, Vol. 39, No. 2 (Fall 2013), pp. 1-20. View full PDF.

“The Long Arm of the South?” The Western Historical Quarterly (Autumn 2012).

“‘Showplace of the Cherokee Nation’: Race and the Making of a Southern House Museum,” The Public Historian (Fall 2011).

“Of Waterways and Runaways: Reflections on the Great Lakes in Underground Railroad History,” Michigan Quarterly Review (Summer 2011).

“Taking Leave, Making Lives: Creative Quests for Freedom in Early Black and Native America,” IndiVisible, African-Native American Lives in the Americas, ed., Gabrielle Tayac (Washington DC: Smithsonian Institution, 2009): 139-149. View full PDF.

“Circular Reasoning: Recentering Cherokee Women in the Antiremoval Campaigns,” American Quarterly (June 2009). [This article was awarded the A. Elizabeth Taylor Prize for the best article in southern women’s history for 2009.]

“The Narrative of Nancy, A Cherokee Woman,” Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, Special Issue: Intermarriage and North American Indians 29: 2 & 3 (spring 2008).

“Rethinking Race and Culture in the Early South,” Co-authored with Claudio Saunt, Barbara Krauthamer, Celia E. Naylor, Circe Sturm, Ethnohistory 53:2 (spring 2006).

“His Kingdom for a Kiss: Indians and Intimacy in the Narrative of John Marrant,” Haunted by Empire: Race and Colonial Intimacies in North American History, ed., Ann Laura Stoler (Durham: Duke University Press, 2006). View full PDF.

“All in the Family? A Meditation on White Centrality, Black Exclusion, and the Intervention of Afro-Native Studies,” Foreword to Race, Roots, and Relations: Native and African Americans, ed., Terry Straus (Chicago: Albatross Press 2005). View full PDF.

“Africans and Native Americans,” co-authored with Barbara Krauthamer, A Companion to African-American History, volume ed., Alton Hornsby Jr., (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2005).

“African-Americans in Indian Societies,” co-authored with Celia E. Naylor, Handbook of North American Indians, vol. 14 Southeast, ed., Raymond Fogelson (Washington DC: Smithsonian, 2004).

“Uncle Tom Was an Indian: Tracing the Red in Black Slavery,” Confounding the Color Line: Indian-Black Relations in Multidisciplinary Perspective, ed., James Brooks, (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2002). View full PDF.

Feminist Personal Essays

“Obama and Big History,” Michigan Quarterly Review (Summer 2009).

“The Black Mother Within: Notes on Feminism and the Classroom,” Black Women, Gender, and Families 2:2 (fall 2008).

“Speckled Birds,” Journal of Interdenominational Theological Center, Special Issue: Perspectives on Womanist Theology 22:2 (fall 1995): 249-253.

“Murky Waters,” Women and Language 18:1 (spring 1995): 21-22.

“Boundary Waters,” Sistersong: Women Across Cultures 3:1 (spring 1995): 47-55.

“Lessons from a Young Feminist Collective,” Listen Up: Voices of the Next Feminist Generation. ed., Barbara Findlen (Seattle: Seal Press, 1995): 167-176. Republished as “On the Rag,” Ms. magazine (May-June 1995).

“The Straight and Narrow,” co-authored with Keiko Morris, Testimony: Young African Americans on Self-Discovery and Black Identity, ed., Natasha Tarpley (Boston: Beacon Press, 1995): 236-241.