Lynn M. Hudson is a specialist in African American history and the study of gender
and sexuality. Her publications examine the lives of free black men and women during the
age of slavery, and the possibilities for freedom in the U.S. West. Her recent research
investigates the legal, cultural, and social manifestations of Jim Crow discrimination in
California in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. 

Hudson is an associate professor in the history department at University of Illinois at

EDUCATION:B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz M.A., University of North Carolina,
Chapel Hill Ph.D., Indiana University 

Journal Articles


Contributions to Books


Mary Ellen Pleasant’s Nantucket, Nantucket’s People of Color: Essays on History, Politics and Community (2006)


Mining A Mythic Past: The History of Mary Ellen Pleasant, African American Women Confront the West, 1600-2000 (2003)

Book Reviews