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Valerie Grim


eric harhausen

Director of Graduate Studies, Professor
Alma Mater: PhD, Iowa State University, 1990
Phone: (812) 855-4726
Office: Ballantine Hall 511
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The Black Family in 20th-Century Rural America, 1900-present; Black Social History, 1600s-1990s; A355 Afro-American History, part I (1620-1865); A356 Afro-American History, part II (1865-present); A405 Civil Rights and Black Power Movements, 1954-1974; A150 Survey of the Culture of Black Americans; A169 Introduction to African American Literature.


African American history, agricultural history, black rural communities, the black family.

Recent Publications

"The Co-existent of White Paternalism and Black Self-Determinism in a Mississippi Delta Community 1910-1970” (draft completed)

"Caught Between Forty Acres and a Class Action: Black Farmers Protest Against The United States Department of Agriculture, 1995-2005." (in progress)

Edited Volumes
In press (associate editor) “Mississippi Agriculture and Rural Life,” a section in Mississippi Encyclopedia. Ted Ownby and Charles Wilson, Eds. Jackson, MS: University of Mississippi Press.

2009 Rural Women, Families, and Children of Color, a special issue of Black Women, Gender, and Families 1(3).

Refereed Journal Articles
2009 “The Experiences of Rural Women, Children, and Families of Color in U.S.
and Global Communities.” Black Women, Gender, Families 3 (1):1-15.

Dr. Grim recently edited a special issue of Journal of Black Women, Gender, and Families (University of Illinois Press): Spring 2009, Volume 3, Number 1. The four‐article issue, entitled Rural Women, Families, and Children of Color in Global Communities, examined HIV‐AIDS in Sub‐Saharan Africa; religion among black women in Brazil; ways in which rural black children in the U.S. unlearn racism; and the role of the federal government in addressing rural poverty, literacy, and cultural needs. Her essay, “The Experiences of Rural Women, Children, and Families of Color in U.S. and Global Communities” was published in this special volume. In addition, Dr. Grim’s essay, "Our Stories of Mentoring and Guidance in a Higher Education and Student Affairs Program," (with Kandace Hinton and Mary Howard‐Hamilton) was published in Standing on the Outside Looking In: Underrepresented Students' Experiences in Advanced‐Degree Programs. Several book reviews were published in MS Magazine, Western Historical Quarterly, Journal of Ohio History, and Journal of Agricultural History.