Katherine Mellen Charron, 2019–2020

"Possibility Thinkers": Rural Black Power and Women's Liberation Politics after 1965

Founders’ Fellowship; Josephus Daniels Fellowship of the Research Triangle Foundation, 2019-20

Associate Professor of History, North Carolina State University

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Katherine Mellen Charron

Katherine Mellen Charron, North Carolina State University

Katherine Mellen Charron is a native of North Carolina and a proud product of its public schools. She earned her BA in literature, summa cum laude, from the University of North Carolina–Asheville; her MA in African-American studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison; and her PhD in history from Yale University.

Charron is the author of the award-winning Freedom’s Teacher: The Life of Septima Clark, as well as several articles and digital history projects, and is the co-editor of William Henry Singleton’s Recollections of My Slavery Days. Her teaching and research interests include 20th century U.S., African American, southern, and women’s and gender history. Her current project focuses on Evangeline Grant Redding Briley and a network of activists in rural northeastern North Carolina to illuminate how they conceptualized and deployed Black Power and women’s liberation politics in their efforts to affirm community identity and in pursuit of justice and economic self-determination.

Selected Publications

Freedom’s Teacher: The Life of Septima Clark