Gretchen Long

Gretchen Long

Professor of History and Director of the Williams-Exeter Programme at Oxford University

Williams Oxford Program

On Leave 2017-2018


B.A. Wesleyan University (1989)
M.A. University of Chicago, History (1994)
Ph.D. University of Chicago, American History (2003)


Note: courses in gray are not offered this academic year.

HIST 167 / AFR 167 / AMST 167

Let Freedom Ring? African Americans and Emancipation

HIST 280 / AFR 280

African American History: An Introduction

HIST 374

American Medical History

HIST 452 / WGSS 452

Women in America, 1620-1865

HIST 482 T / AFR 482

Fictions of African-American History

Selected Publications


Doctoring Freedom: The Politics of African American Medical Care in Slavery and Emancipation (University of North Carolina Press, 2012).

Articles, Chapters, and Review:

Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Invited Contributor. “Medical Care, Public Health, and Race” (University of North Carolina Press, 2012).

“’I Studied and Practiced Medicine without Molestation’: African American Doctors in the First Year of Freedom,” Chapter in edited collection, Precarious Prescriptions (forthcoming in Spring 2014, University of Minnesota Press).

Review of Becoming Free Remaining Free: Manumission and Enslavement in New Orleans 1846-1862, in the December 2004 issue of the Journal of American History.

Review of Intensely Human: The Health of the Black Soldier in the American Civil War in the November, 2009 issue of the Journal of Southern History.

Review of Sick From Freedom: African-American Illness and Suffering During the Civil War and Reconstruction forthcoming in the Summer 2014 issue of the Bulletin of the History of Medicine.

Research Interests

African American History. American Women’s History, American Medical History, African American literature, Emancipation

Theses Advised

Annie Jeong, ’14 From Pictures to Pageants through Plastic:  Korea’s Changing Face

Courtney Alexander, ’13In Spite of It All:  Sexuality and Motherhood in Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Program Connections

Africana Studies

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies