Kathryn Silva

Title: Assistant Professor of History
Office Location: Buller Hall 129
E-mail: kathrynsilva@andrews.edu
Phone: (269) 471-3291

Academia.edu profile


BA, University of Massachusetts, Boston

MA, University of South Carolina

PhD, University of South Carolina


 Dr. Silva earned her graduate education at the University of South Carolina in American History, with a research focus is on African Americans, women, and labor. Her current research focuses the intersection of U.S. African American, gender, and labor histories. Her current book project follows the history of African American women laboring as textile workers in the New South from the passage of Plessy v. Ferguson to the Great Depression.

She has received grants from the John Hope Franklin Research Center at Duke University, the Institute for Southern Studies at the University of South Carolina, and the Archie K. Davis Fellowship from the North Caroliniana Society at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Additional to her research experience, Professor Silva has worked on numerous projects including as the Associate Producer and Lead Research Researcher on the documentary film, “The Commander: Harriet Tubman and the Combahee Raid” produced by The National Picture Company. She also worked as a researcher and footnote editor for the manuscript collection, “Heyward Family Papers, 1865-1872,” South Caroliniana Library Columbia, South Carolina.

Teaching Summary:

Civilizations & Ideas I & II, HIST117 & 118
American Experience I & II, HIST 204 & 205
Research Methods, HIST290
Emergence of Modern America, 1865-1939 HIST458
Union & DisUnion, 1789-1865 HIST435
African American Women’s History, 1865-1950, Topics, HIST 437
African American History, Topics, HIST 437
Meanings of America (Honors), 1685-1965, HONS 245

19th and early 20th century US
African American Labor History

Research Summary:
Southern U.S., Reconstruction, New South, Gender, Southern Women

Current Research or Professional Activities:


Book Reviews:

2004 Joan Marie Johnson, Southern Ladies, New Women:  Race, Region, and Clubwomen in South Carolina, 1890-1930 (Gainesville:  University of Florida Press, 2004) in Journal of African American History (Volume 92, No.2, Spring 2007) 300-302.
Dictionary/Encyclopedia Articles

2011 “Gertrude Hood Miller,” African American National Biography, Online Edition, Editors in Chief, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham (Oxford University Press).

2011 “Thomas Wellington Thurston,” African American National Biography, Online Edition, Editors in Chief, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham (Oxford University Press).



At Times We May Seem Bold: African American Women in the Southern Textile Industry, 1895-1954 (book manuscript in progress)

“African American Millhands, the Durham Hosiery Mills, and the Politics of Race and Gender in the Southern Textile Industry, 1903-1920” article in progress to be submitted to the Journal of Southern History

“Redefining Skilled Mill Labor: Cape Verdean and African American Women in the American Textile Industry, 1900-1930" article in progress

“‘When the Boss Gets Your Told’: Luta Belle Williams Ward and the Poetry of Black Female Millhands,” article in progress

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