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Stephanie Shaw

Stephanie Shaw is a Professor of History faculty at the Ohio State University. Her major fields of study include American Women’s, Labor, and Social history, and her research and teaching fields focus on women and black Americans.  In 1996, Shaw published What a Woman ought to Be and to Do: Black Professional Women Workers during the Jim Crow Era (University of Chicago Press), a book about the family, work, and community lives of black women who worked in feminized professions between about 1880 and 1955. In 2015, she published W. E. B. Du Bois and The Souls of Black Folk (UNC Press), which offers a new perspective on Du Bois’ iconic study as a major work of philosophy.  She is currently in the process of completing a book titled “Grandmothers, Granny Women, and Old Aunts: Rethinking Slave Families and Communities in the Nineteenth Century South” and working on a book on elderly ex-slaves during the Great Depression.