Gretchen Long

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Dean of the College, Frederick Rudolph '42 - Class of 1965 Professor of American Culture

Hopkins Hall

On Leave 2023-2024


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


HIST 167 / AFR 167 / AMST 167 SEM

Let Freedom Ring? African Americans and Emancipation (not offered 2024/25)

HIST 281 / AFR 246 SEM

African American History, 1619-1865 (not offered 2024/25)


Approaching the Past: The American Civil War (not offered 2024/25)

HIST 368 / AFR 363 / AMST 368 SEM

Framing American Slavery (not offered 2024/25)


American Medical History (not offered 2024/25)

HIST 379 / AFR 379 / WGSS 379 LEC

Black Women in the United States (not offered 2024/25)

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

Meadhbh Ginnane ’21‘To do this through a simple maid’: the Rehabilitation of Joan of Arc’s Image in Fifteenth-Century France (with Peter Low)

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