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Associate Professor of History and Ethnic Studies History 402-472-2414 625 Oldfather Hall

January 2006


Dawne Y. Curry is an Associate Professor of History and Ethnic Studies. She received her Ph.D. in African History from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan in 2006. Curry’s research field is 20th and 21st century African history with emphasis on South African protest and resistance struggles. She also explores oral history, women and gender studies, comparative black history, and African colonial history. Recent publications have included an examination of the northeastern Johannesburg Township of Alexandra and its contribution to South Africa’s liberation struggle (1970-1979). During the academic year 2017-2018, Curry will spend eleven months in South Africa as a US Fulbright Scholar. During her tenure in South Africa, Curry will work on her second single-authored book. Her current project addresses how African women were intellectuals during the pre-apartheid era (1910-1948). Curry argues that many of the women she discovered were in conversation with men and women, therefore their contributions to political thought go beyond gender and geographical boundaries.

  • Marquis Who’s Who, 2009.
  • Selected for Phi Kappa Phi, National Honor Society, Michigan State University, 2001.
  • Participant in Dean’s Colloquium, College of Arts and Letters, Michigan State University, 1999-2000.
  • Selected for Phi Sigma Iota, National Honor Society for Foreign Languages, 1999.
  • Layman Grant-In Aid, University Research Council, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, December 2009
  • Charles Henry Oldfather Research Grant, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2009
  • Maude Hammond Fling Faculty Research Fellowship, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2008
  • Arts and Humanities Research Enhancement Fellowship, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2007
  • Academic Senate Convocations Committee Grant, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2007
  • Charles Henry Oldfather Research Fund, History Department, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2006
  • Diversity Fellowship, Western Washington University, 2003-2005
  • Dawne Y. Curry, Apartheid on a Black Isle: Removal, and Resistance in Alexandra, South Africa, published by Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
  • Curry, Dawne Y., Eric D. Duke, and Marshanda Smith, Extending the Diaspora: New Histories of Black Peoples, the University of Illinois Press, 2009.
  • “Considered Coloured or Honorary White: African Americans in South Africa” in Extending the Diaspora : New Histories of Black People, University of Illinois Press, 2009, 270-290.
  • “When Apartheid Interfered with Funerals: We Found Ways to Grieve" in Alexandra, South Africa," International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 2, 2, (2007), 245-252.
  • “An African American Constructs and Confronts the Social Construction of Race in Post-Apartheid South Africa,” Safundi: Journal of South Africa and American Studies 7, 2 (April 2006): 1-26.
  • “Lilian Tshabalala: A Daughter of Africa and Proto-nationalist Freedom Fighter in South Africa,” Seventh International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Universidad Abat Oliba CEU. Barcelona, Spain, 25-28 June 2012.
  • “Alexandra’s Underground Network: Secrecy and Disclosure in an Insulated Township,” Sub-Sahara Africa in the 1970s, Bologna, Italy (January, 2011).
  • “The Wedding Cakes, the Ford Fairmont and the Combi:” Secrecy and Disclosure in Alexandra, South Africa’s Underground Movement, 1962-1977, 50th Annual International Studies Association Conference, New York, New York (March 15-19,2009).
  • “When Apartheid Interfered with Funerals: We Still Found Ways to Grieve in Alexandra, South Africa, 50th African Studies Association Conference, 21st Century Africa: Evolving Conceptions of Human Rights, New York, New York (November 2007).
  • “We Want The Right to Mourn: Grieving in Alexandra, South Africa during Apartheid” “Transformations, Renewals and Reconfigurations in Southern African Historical Studies-Only Skin Deep,” Southern African Historical Society Conference, University of Johannesburg (25-27 June 2007), Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • “Squatters Dumped on the Township’s Doorstep: Spatial Resistance in the 1946 Squatters’ Movement in Alexandra, South Africa, 47th Annual African Studies Association, New Orleans, LA (November, 2004).

Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2006
M. A. Ohio University,1996
B. A. University of Mary Washington, 1990


20th Century Sub-Saharan African History, South African History and protest struggles, Women and Gender in African History, African Colonial History, Comparative Black History, Oral History