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About Selena Sanderfer Doss

Research Interests
My research interests focus mainly on southern African Americans and Black Nationalism. I am currently pursuing research related to my dissertation, which examines the participation of black lower class southerners in movements supporting territorial separatism from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth century. For future research I plan to continue studying the experiences of black southerners and in particular investigate the emergence and legacy of all black towns and communities.
Teaching Interests
I enjoy teaching courses on the history of the African Diaspora and American history. I have taught courses in African history, American history and Western Civilization as well as special topic courses in African American history, the Atlantic World and the history of slavery.


Present Associate Professor, Western Kentucky University Department of History

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Short Term Fellowship, Mellon Scholars Program in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia 2014
  • World History Teaching Certification, Gettysburg College, June 2012
  • Research and Creative Activities Program Grant, Western Kentucky University, 2012-2013
  • George C. Roberts Award for Best Article, Indiana Academy of Social Science, 2017
  • Quick Turnaround Grant, Western Kentucky University, 2018
  • Research Grant, Indiana Academy of Social Science, 2018
  • John Hope Franklin Research Center Travel Grant, Duke University, Durham, NC, April 2019


  • HIST 102 – World History since 1500
  • HIST 120 – Western Civilization since 1648
  • HIST 240 – US History before 1865
  • HIAR 331 – History of African since 1500
  • HIST 359 – Blacks in American History after 1877
  • HIST 390 – Blacks in the American South
  • HIST 451/451G Diplomatic History of the U.S. since 1898
  • HIST 490/490G - Comparative Slavery
  • HIST 490/490G – African Americans in the Civil War and Reconstruction
  • HIST 490 – The Black Church
  • HIST 563 – The Atlantic World


2005 - 2010 PhD, Vanderbilt University ‐ History Department
2003 - 2005 Master of Arts, Vanderbilt University
1993 - 2003 Bachelor of Arts, Fisk University

Contact Information

1906 College Heights Blvd. #21086
Department of History
Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1086
Office Phone: (270) 745-3842