Associate Professor of History
Affiliated Faculty Member of African American Studies
Lynn Hudson's areas of specialization include African American history, women and gender history, the history of the U.S. West, public history, and history and memory studies. She earned an M.A. in history from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and her Ph.D. in history at Indiana University. She is the author of The Making of ‘Mammy Pleasant’: A Black Entrepreneur in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2003), which was awarded the Barbara Penny Kanner Prize from the Western Association of Women Historians; and “`Strong Animal Passions’ in the Gilded Age: Race, Sex, and a Senator on Trial,” Journal of the History of Sexuality (January/April 2000): 62-84, which was awarded the Joan Jensen-Darlis Miller Prize from the Coalition for Western Women’s History. Her forthcoming book, West of Jim Crow: The Modern Roots of Racial Segregation (University of Illinois Press, 2019) documents the ways California was an innovator of methods to control, contain, and restrict African Americans. One of the primary goals of the research is to understand how the state could simultaneously be a haven from and an arbiter of discrimination. Additionally, it charts the myriad practices that African Americans and their allies employed to survive and resist segregation. Hudson has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in the histories of race and gender in the U.S. at several institutions including the University of California, San Diego and California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo. Before teaching at UIC she was chair of the history department at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
To prospective graduate students, she is currently accepting new graduate students. She can advise students with interests in African American history, women's and gender history, and the U.S. West. She is particularly interested in students whose work will focus on the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Office: 918, MC 198