Ethelene Whitmire

Position title: Professor, Department Chair Afro-American Studies


Phone: (608) 262-8952

Afro-American Studies
4113 H.C. White Hall
600 N Park St, Madison, WI 53706

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PhD – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
MLS – Rutgers University
BA – Rutgers University

Research Interests:

African American History in the 20th Century and African Americans Abroad

Research fields – History, Scandinavian Studies, African American Studies (African American, 20th Century)

Methods and methodologies – Archival research

Theories – Black feminist theory

Areas of interest – African American history, transnational experiences of African Americans.

Classes Taught

AFROAMER 221 – Introduction to Black Women’s Studies
LIS 665 – Who Writes Your Story? Race & Gender in the Archives
AFROAMER 271 – Searching for a Rainbow: The Transnational Experiences of African Americans in 20th Century Denmark (Summer 2018 in Copenhagen)


Regina Anderson Andrews, Harlem Renaissance Librarian (University of Illinois Press, 2014)

Searching for a Rainbow: African Americans in 20th Century Denmark (in progress)