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historian, digital humanist

Heidi Dodson is the CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Scholarships at the University at Buffalo.  Her main research interests are Black freedom struggles, labor history, oral history, community-building, and environmental history.  Areas of teaching and practice focus on African American history, but also include U.S. History, digital humanities, and public history.

Education

Ph.D., History, 2016, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Dissertation: “We Cleared the Land with Our Own Hands”: Space and Place in African American Community Building and Freedom Struggles in the Missouri Bootheel, 1890-1968

M.L.I.S., 2001, Library and Information Science, University of Texas at Austin

B.S., 1996, Biology, with minor in Women’s Studies, Southeast Missouri State University

Dissertation Committee: Clarence E. Lang (Chair), Vernon Burton, Sundiata Cha-Jua, Rebecca Ginsburg, David Roediger

 

Teaching & Research Experience
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
May 2012 – May 2014
Online Course Instructor

HIST 172: U.S. History since 1877

Aug. 2010 – May 2011
Teaching Assistant

HIST: 171 U.S. History to 1877 (Fall Semester) HIST 281: Constructing Race in America (Spring Semester)

Aug. 2007 – Aug. 2011
Research Assistant

Prof. Vernon Burton                               

Public Humanities & Library Experience
University at Buffalo
July 2018 – present
CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Scholarship
Marian Cheek Jackson Center for Saving and Making History, Chapel Hill, NC
Feb. 2017- June 2018
Oral History Scholar-in-Residence
University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, VA
Aug. 2003 – Aug. 2007
Librarian for Life Sciences
Amistad Research Center at Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
Dec. 2001 – Aug. 2003
Reference Archivist
Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas, Austin, TX
Oct. 2000 – Jan. 2001
Senior Student Associate
Austin History Center, Austin, TX
Mar. 2000 – Sept. 2001
Archives Volunteer
Publications
  • (In press) “Tenant Farming and Sharecropping” and “Rural Housing” in World of Jim Crow America: A Daily Life Encyclopedia (ABC-CLIO).
  • Book review, Slavery on the Periphery: The Kansas-Missouri Border in the  Antebellum and Civil War Era. By Kristen Epps (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2016), Missouri Historical Review, 112, no. 1 (October 2017): 76-78.
  • “Race and Contested Rural Space in the Missouri Delta: African American Farm Workers and the Delmo Labor Homes, 1940-1951,” Buildings & Landscapes 23, no. 1 (Spring 2016): 78-101.
  • Book review, Been Coming Through Some Hard Times: Race, History, and Memory in Western Kentucky. By Jack Glazier (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2012), Journal of Social History, 49, no.3 (Spring 2016): 757-758.
Professional Presentations
  • (Upcoming) “The Hardest Work I Ever Did”: Black Laborers and Peonage in the Missouri Delta,” Labor and Working-Class History Association, Durham, NC, May 3o-June 1, 2019.
  • Session Organizer, “Across Piney Woods, Delta, and Texas Landscapes: African American Mobility within the South,” Labor and Working-Class History Association, Durham, NC, May 30-June 1, 2019.
  • “Pinhook, Missouri: A Story of Strength,  Struggle, and Displacement,” Black Communities: A Conference for Collaboration, Durham, NC, April 23-25, 2018.
  • “Black Educational Activism and and White “Grudging Compliance” in the Missouri Bootheel, 1948-1968,” ASALH, Cincinnati, OH, September 27-October 1, 2017.
  • Panel presentation, “Circuits of Struggle: Local and Global Networks of Activists in the Black Midwestern Protest Tradition,” Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, April 7, 2017.
  • “Vanishing Black Landowning Communities: Uncovering the Connections between Place and Activism in the Missouri Delta,” Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) Conference, Richmond, VA, October 5-9, 2016.
  • “Pinhook, Missouri: Black Land Ownership, Migration, and Social Networks,” Missouri Conference on History, Chesterfield, MO, March 2015.
  • “Expanding Rural Public Space: Contested Geographies of African American Education and Housing in the Border South, 1940-1954,” Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) Conference, Memphis, TN, September 27, 2014.
  • “Building New Communities: Black Town Development and Contested Geographies of Education and Housing in the Missouri Delta, 1940-1954,” Triangle African American History Colloquium, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, February 28-March 1, 2014.
  • Standing Their Ground: Black Farm Workers’ Educational Activism in the Missouri Delta, Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, September 27, 2012.
  • “African American Planning through Activism: Missouri Delta Farm Worker Communities in the 1940s,” Cleanth Brooks Forum, St. George Tucker Society Conference, Augusta, GA, July 2012.
  • “Standing Their Ground: African American Farm Worker Demands for School Facilities in the Missouri Delta,” Vernacular Architecture Forum, Madison, WI, June 6, 2012.
  • “African American Farm Worker Communities in the Missouri Delta: Claiming Territory and Educational Facilities in the 1940s,” Invited Talk, Washington University Special Collections, St. Louis, MO, November 4, 2011.
  • “‘We Won’t Go Back to the Plantations’”: Claiming Homes and Territory in White Man’s Country,” Paper presented at the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) Conference, Richmond, VA, October 2011.
  • “’We Won’t Go Back to the Plantations’”: African American Claims to Space and Place in the Missouri Delta,” Paper presented at Social Science History Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, November 2010.
  • “Making a Home in White Man’s Country: African American Claims to Space and Place in the Missouri Delta,” Poster presented at Roots and Branches: Migrations to the Lower Ohio and Mississippi Valley Conference, Center for Delta Studies, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, March 2010.
  • “’The Garden Spot of the World’: African American Migration and Farm Ownership in the Missouri Delta,” Paper presented at Social Science History Association Annual Meeting, Miami, FL, October 2008.
  • “Rural African American Migration within the South, 1910-1930,” Poster presented at Social Science History Association Annual Meeting, Miami, FL, October 2008.
  • “A Changing Landscape: African American Migration to the Missouri Bootheel in the Early Twentieth Century,” Paper presented at Missouri Conference on History, St. Louis, MO, April 2007.
  • “African-American Archives in Texas: Mission Accomplished?” Paper presented at Society of Southwest Archivists Annual Meeting, Fayetteville, AR, May 2000.

 

Digital Humanities Workshops
  • “Black Publics in the Humanities: Critical and Collaborative DH Projects,” HILT, University of Texas at Austin, June 5-9, 2017.
  • Social Network Analysis workshop, American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, January 5, 2017.
  • “Make That Audio Doc,” Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University, Durham, NC, September 12 – October 17, 2016.
  • “Critical Pedagogy and Digital Praxis in the Humanities,” and “Geographical Information Systems in the Digital Humanities,” Digital Humanities Summer Institute, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, June 2016.
  • THATCamp Piedmont, Wake Forest University, May 11, 2016.
  • THATCamp Community Archives, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, March 21, 2015.
  • “Making Maps that Tell Stories: An Introduction to Documentary Mapmaking,” Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University, March-April 2014.
  • Digital Humanities Data Curation Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, June 24-26, 2013.
  • “Introduction to Documentary Studies,” Duke Center for Documentary Studies, Durham, NC, September 11-October 30, 2012.
  • “Introduction to TEI Workshop,” University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, February 17-19, 2012.
  • “Land and Court Records,” Salt Lake City Institute of Genealogy, 2006.
  • “Introduction to ArcGIS I,” ESRI, Vienna, VA, April 2005.
  • “Encoded Archival Description,” Austin, Texas, 2001.
Awards & Grants
  • Lewis E. Atherton Dissertation Prize, State Historical Society of Missouri, 2016.
  • Best Paper Prize, “Building New Communities: Black Town Development and Contested Geographies of Education and Housing in the Missouri Delta, 1940-1954,” Triangle African American History Colloquium, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, February 28-March 1, 2014.
  • Student Scholarship, Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching (HILT), Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), University of Maryland, August, 2014.
  • Travel Grant, Digital Humanities Data Curation Institute, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, June 2013.
  • “Breaking New Ground: A History of African American Farm Owners Since the Civil War” Oral History Research Fellowship, Summer 2012.
  • Pamela H. Simpson Presenter’s Fellowship, Vernacular Architecture Forum, Madison, Wisconsin, June 2012.
  • Nicholson-IPRH Graduate Student Fellowship, 2011-2012, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Graduate College Conference Travel Grant, Fall 2011, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Travel Grant, 2011, Washington University Department of Special Collections, St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Human Dimensions of Environmental Systems Fellowship, 2009-2010, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Pre-Dissertation Research Grant, History Department, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009.
  • Social Science History Association-Rockefeller Graduate Student Travel Award to attend SSHA 2008 Annual Meeting.
  • Jerome M. Clubb Scholarship, ICPSR Summer Program, University of Michigan.
  • University of Virginia Library Faculty Research Grant, 2006.
  • Richard S. Brownlee Fund Grant, 2006, State Historical Society of Missouri.

 

Professional & Community Service
  • Volunteer and Consultant, Marian Cheek Jackson Center for Saving and Making History, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 2014-2017.
  • Secretary, History Graduate Student Association, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011-2012.
  • Volunteer, Wesley Evening Food Pantry, Urbana, Illinois, 2010-2012.
  • Executive Committee, Graduate Symposium on Women’s and Gender History, Department of History, University of Illinois, at Urbana-Champaign, 2009-2010.
  • Faculty Mentor, Office of African American Affairs, University of Virginia, 2005-2006.

 

Professional Affiliations
  • Association for the Study of African American Life and History
  • Oral History Association
  • Labor and Working-Class History Association
  • National Council on Public History
  • Southern Historical Association

About Heidi Dodson

Heidi Dodson is currently CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow at University at Buffalo.
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