Professor History and Ethnic Studies

Dr. Dawne Y. Curry is a Professor in the Department of History and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr Dawne Y. Curry received her PhD in African History from Michigan State University and is a US Fulbright Scholar (2017-2018). Her research examines resistance, women, gender, oral history, intellectual history, and comparative black history. Dr. Curry’s research field is 20th and 21st-century African history with an emphasis on South African protest and resistance struggles.

Dr. Dawne Y. Curry is currently conducting research and writing drafts for her third single-authored monograph, tentatively titled, Liberation Struggle Eulogies:  Death and Violence in Apartheid South Africa.  

Selected Publications

Social Justice at Apartheid’s Dawn: African Women Intellectuals and the Quest to Save the Nation (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2022).

“A Nation She Defined and Constructed:” Lillian Tshabalala, the Daughters of Africa, and Nation-building in Segregated South Africa in the 1930s, Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies, Special Issue: Transnational Networks of Gender and Race in South Africa and the United States, 1 (January 19, 2018): 55-76.

“Through the Doors of Return:” Paul Robeson and Miriam Makeba’s ‘Migration’ to Africa,” New Frontiers in the Study of the Global African Diaspora: Between Unchartered Themes and Alternative Representations, editors Glenn Anthony Chambers, Tama Hamilton-Wray, (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2018), 135-148.

“Their World is a Ghetto: Squatters, Space, and Power in 1940s Alexandra, South Africa,” in Wendy Goldman and Joe Trotter (ed). The Ghetto in Global History, 1500 to the Present(New York: Routledge, 2018), 277-293.

“Considered Coloured or Honorary White: African Americans in South Africa” in Extending the Diaspora: New Histories of Black People (Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2009), 270-290.