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Francille Wilson

Associate Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity and History

Contact Information
E-mail: frwilson@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-1667
Office: KAP 450C

 

Biographical Sketch

Francille Rusan Wilson is an Associate Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity and History at the University of Southern California. She is an intellectual and labor historian whose current research examines the intersections between black labor movements, black social scientists, and black women's history during the Jim Crow era. Her book, The Segregated Scholars: Black Social Scientists and the Creation of Black Labor Studies, 1890-1950, was awarded the Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Prize for the best book in African American Women’s history by the Association of Black Women Historians. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa appointed Wilson to the Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women in December 2007 and she was its president, 2009-2010. In 2011 Wilson was appointed to a four year term on the State Board of the California African American Museum by the Governor. Wilson was awarded the 2008 Bethune Award for Excellence in Education by Our Author’s Study Club of Los Angeles. She has served on the boards of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History and the Labor and Working Class History Association, and is a distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians.
 

Education

Ph.D. American History, University of Pennsylvania, 1988
 

Description of Research

Research Specialties

19th-20th Century African American history; labor; race; gender
 

Publications

Book

Wilson, F. R. (2006). The Segregated Scholars: Black Social Scientists and the Creation of Black Labor Studies, 1890-1950. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press.
 

Journal Article

Wilson, F. R. (2008). "Becoming ‘Woman of the Year’: Sadie Alexander’s Construction of a Public Persona as a Black Professional Women, 1920-1950". Black Women, Gender, and Families. Vol. 2 (2 (Fall 2008)), pp. 1-30.
 

Honors and Awards

Distinguished Lecturer, Organization of American Historians 2003-2012, 2003-2013  
Mary McLeod Bethune Excellence in Education Award, Our Authors Study Club, Inc., 2/9/2008. , 2007-2008   
Winner 2007 Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Book Prize, Best book in African American Women’s History by the Association of Black Women Historians, 2007-2008   
 

Service to the University

Administrative Appointments

Director, African American Studies, 2011-2013  
 

Media, Alumni, and Community Relations

State Board of Directors, California African American Museum, 2011-2015  
Commissioner, Commission on the Status of Women, Los Angeles, 2008-2014  
President City of Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women, 2009-2010   
 

Service to the Profession

Other Service to the Profession

President, State Board of Directors, California African American Museum, 2013-2014  
Commissioner, City of Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women, President, 2010-2011, 2008-2013  
 
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