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About Lynn Hudson

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


Research Interests

African American history, Gender and Sexuality, and U.S. West

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Honors and Awards

  • Newberry Library Faculty Fellow, Fall 2009
  • FaCE Grant, Associated Colleges of the Midwest, Macalester College, Spring 2006
  • Barbara Penny Kanner Prize, Western Association of Women Historians, May 2004
  • Joan Jensen-Darlis Miller Prize, Coalition for Western Women’s History, Summer 2001


  • Jim Crow
  • Imagining the American West
  • Public History