Annie Valk

Fall 2019 Class Hours

Mon/Thu – 1:10 pm to 2:25 pm

Fall 2019 Office Hours



Anne Valk is a specialist in oral history, public history, and the social history of the 20th century United States.  She received a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College a PhD in history from Duke.  At Williams she serves as Associate Director for Public Humanities in a position shared by the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity and the Center for Learning in Action.  She teaches experiential and community-based classes in oral history and public history.  She is professionally active, serving as president of the national Oral History Association (2015-16) and is a series editor of Humanities and Public Life, a new book series published by the University of Iowa Press. Before coming to Williams College in 2014, she was Associate Professor of History and Director of Women’s Studies at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (1996-2007) and Deputy Director of the Center for Public Humanities at Brown University (2007-2014).

Selected Publications


U.S. Women’s History: Untangling the Threads of Sisterhood (Rutgers University Press, 2017), edited with Leslie Brown and Jacqueline Castledine

Living with Jim Crow: African American and Memories of the Segregated South (Palgrave, 2010), edited with Professor Leslie Brown and winner of the annual book award issued by the Oral History Association

Radical Sisters: Second-Wave Feminism and Black Liberation in Washington, D.C. (University of Illinois Press, 2008), recipient of the Richard Wentworth Prize issued to the best book in U.S. history published by the University of Illinois Press

Selected Articles and Chapters

“Women’s Movements in 1968 and Beyond,” in Reframing 1968: American Politics, Protest and Identity, ed. Martin Halliwell and Nick Witham (Edinburgh University Press, 2018)

“Industrial Remains: Community Narratives of Mashapaug Pond in Providence, Rhode Island,” in Telling Environmental Stories, ed. Katie Holmes and Heather Goodall (Palgrave, 2018)

“Turning toward Mashapaug: Using Oral History to Teach about Place and Community in Providence, Rhode Island,” co-authored with Holly Ewald Transformations (Summer 2017)

“Remembering Together: Take Back the Night and the Public Memory of Feminism,” in U.S. Women’s History: Untangling the Threads of Sisterhood (Rutgers University Press, 2017)

“Bringing a Hidden Pond to Public Attention: Increasing Impact through Digital Tools,” co-authored with Holly Ewald, Oral History Review (winter/spring 2013)

“Engaging Communities and Classrooms: Lessons from the Fox Point Oral History Project,” co-authored with Amy Atticks, Rachael Binning, Elizabeth Manekin, Aliza Schiff, Reina Shibata, and Meghan Townes, Oral History Review (spring 2011)

“Framing Abortion as a ‘Health Right’ in Washington, DC,” in Feminist Coalitions: Historical Perspectives on Second-Wave Feminism in the United States, ed. Stephanie Gilmore (University of Illinois Press, 2008)

“Black Durham ‘Behind the Veil’: An Urban Case Study;” “Behind the Veil: Behind Brown,” and “Educational Resources for Teaching Jim Crow History on Web Sites and in Films,” (three articles) co-authored with Leslie Brown, in OAH Magazine of History (January 2004)

“’Our Territory’: Race, Place, Gender, Space and African American Women in the Urban South,” co-authored with Leslie Brown, in Katherine T. Corbett and Polly Kaufman, ed., Her Past around Us: Interpreting Sites for Women’s History (Krieger Publishing Company, 2003)

“Living a Feminist Lifestyle: The Furies Collective,” Feminist Studies (Summer 2002). Reprinted in No Permanent Waves: Recasting Histories of U.S. Feminism, ed. Nancy A. Hewitt (Rutgers University Press, 2010)

“Marching for Pride,” Gateway Heritage (Summer 2001)

“’Mother Power’: The Movement for Welfare Rights in Washington, D.C., 1966-1972,” Journal of Women’s History (Winter 2000). Reprinted in Sharon Block, Ruth Alexander, and Mary Beth Norton, Major Problems in American Women’s History 5th Edition (NY: Wadsworth, 2014)