Dr Jenny Woodley is a Lecturer in Modern American History, teaching on range of modules, including HIST103 Creating the Modern and HIST204 Land of Liberty: History of the United States, 1815-2000.
Research interests include:
- African American history
- Black culture
- American Civil War memory
- Emancipation celebrations
Art for Equality: The NAACP's Cultural Campaign for Civil Rights published with the University Press of Kentucky, June 2014. This work explores an important and little-studied side to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In openly supporting African American artists, writers, and musicians in their creative endeavours, the organization aimed to change the way the public viewed the black community. By overcoming stereotypes and the belief of the majority that African Americans were physically, intellectually, and morally inferior to whites, the NAACP believed it could begin to defeat racism. This book examines the successes and failures of the NAACP's cultural campaign from 1910 to the 1960s and offers an in-depth analysis of the social and cultural climate during a time of radical change in America.
Dr Woodley is currently working on a new research project, which explores African American Emancipation Celebrations. She is interested in the ways that African Americans commemorated Emancipation and what these practices tell us about identity, issues of ‘progress' and ‘respectability', debates about self-emancipation, and the importance of history and memory in the civil rights struggle.
Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil/PhD exist in the areas of African American History and Civil War Memory, further information may be obtained from the NTU Graduate School.
- Art for Equality: The NAACP's Cultural Campaign for Civil Rights. Woodley J, 2014, University Press of Kentucky
- In Harlem and Hollywood: The Cultural Campaigns of the NAACP, 1910-1950. Woodley J in Fairclough, Verney and Sartain (eds), Long is the Way and Hard, 2009, University of Arkansas Press, 15-27