Lynn M. Hudson is a scholar of race and gender in the U.S. She specializes in African American history and the study of the US West. Before joining UIC, she taught at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and at California State University, San Luis Obispo. She earned her M.A. from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and her Ph. D. from Indiana University. She is the author of “The Making of ‘Mammy Pleasant’: A Black Entrepreneur in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco” (Illinois, 2003). Currently, she is working on a book project about segregation in California.