Tracy E. K'Meyer



Tracy E. K’Meyer received her BA from the University of Virginia in 1985, her MA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1988, and her Phd from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1993. After serving as the public history director at New Mexico State University for two years, K’Meyer came to the University of Louisville in 1995, where she also serves as Co-Director of the Oral History Center.  Her research interests center on modern U.S. social movements, especially against racism, and the role of progressive faith-based activism.  She has written on Koinonia Farm, an interracial cooperative community in southwest Georgia, and on the civil rights and school desegregation struggles in Louisville and Kentucky. Her current work is a study of the American Friends Service Committee’s housing activism.  In “To Live Peaceably Together”: The American Friends Service Committee’s Housing Activism, 1930-1970, she examines the strategies used by Quakers and their allies to create decent, integrated residential communities where people of different race and class could live together in dignity, as a way toward a more just, democratic, and peaceful world.