Talitha L. LeFlouria is Associate Professor of History and fellow of the Mastin Gentry White Professorship in Southern History at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of the multi-award-winning Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South (University of North Carolina Press, 2015), the first history of Black, working-class incarcerated women in the post-Civil War period. She is currently finishing her second single-authored book, Searching for Jane Crow: Black Women and Mass Incarceration in America from the Auction Block to the Cell Block (Beacon Press). She has received several prestigious fellowships including an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. In addition to her scholarly publications, LeFlouria writes for popular media outlets, including The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and The Root. Her research has also been profiled in Ms. Magazine, New York Magazine, Huffington Post, The Nation, and in several documentaries including Slavery by Another Name and One Thousand Years of Slavery.
Ashley D. Farmer is Associate Professor of History and African & African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas-Austin. Her book, Remaking Black Power: How Black Women Transformed an Era (UNCP, 2017) is the first comprehensive study of Black women’s intellectual production and activism in the Black Power era. She is also a co-editor of New Perspectives on the Black Intellectual Tradition (NUP, 2018). Farmer’s scholarship has appeared in numerous venues such as The Black Scholar and the Journal of African American History. Her research has also been featured in several popular outlets such as Vibe, NPR, and The Washington Post. She is also the recipient of fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Daina Ramey Berry is Michael Douglas Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Berry is an historian, a “scholar of the enslaved,” and a specialist on gender and slavery as well as Black women’s history in the United States. She is the award-winning author/editor of six books. Her most recent publication, A Black Women’s History of the United States, co-authored with Kali Nicole Gross, is an empowering testament of Black women’s ability to build communities in the face of oppression, and their continued resistance to systemic racism and sexism. Professor Berry completed her BA, MA, and PhD in African American Studies and U.S. History at the University of California Los Angeles.