Felicia Jamison

Assistant Professor History & Comparative Humanities


Professor Jamison works on 19th and 20th-century African American History, Public History, and the Public Humanities. Before coming to UofL, she was an assistant professor of History at Drake University. Jamison received her Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Additionally, she was a President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the History Department at the University of Maryland College Park.


She is currently working on a monograph tentatively titled Reconstructing Freedom: Black Women and Property Ownership in the Rural South. The book analyzes the strategies and techniques Southern Black women used to accumulate property during slavery in the antebellum period and purchase land and deed property to their progeny during Reconstruction. By tracing the practice of property and landownership through several generations, this study shows that Southern African Americans built on traditions of property ownership created in slavery to purchase and maintain ownership of land during the late 19th and early 20th century. It also shows that Black women had long been integral in this process.


In addition to researching and writing history, Professor Jamison is passionate about Public History and the Public Humanities. She has previously taught courses such as “African American History as Public History” which analyzes how African American history has been interpreted in the public sphere in museums and at historic sites, in public schools, and in films. Here at UofL she will teach the Intro to the Public Humanities in which students learn about new scholarship in the field and collaborate with local practitioners and community members.