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About Sally Greene

Welcome! While pursuing a career in public policy, currently as a county commissioner in Orange County, N.C., I remain active as a writer of scholarly and personal essays. The common theme that animates my professional career and my contributions to scholarship is a trust in the power of ideas, powerfully communicated, to inspire thoughtful dialogue.

From University Press of Mississippi, forthcoming tentatively spring/summer 2022: The Edward Tales, by Elizabeth Spencer, ed. and intro. by Sally Greene.

My work on Judge Thomas Ruffin and Albion Tourgee recovers lost or neglected stories about slavery and freedom in nineteenth-century North Carolina. We are still living with the implications of these stories. The Mississippi Quarterly essay on Elizabeth Spencer also invokes a neglected episode in the nineteenth-century history of the Black freedom struggle. The earlier works on Virginia Woolf come out of my graduate studies and dissertation.

J.D., The George Washington University Law School, 1984
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1996


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Honors and Awards

  • American Fellowship, AAUW, 1994


Memory studies (1)

Literary criticism (8)

Personal essay (5)