Faculty Profile

Crystal Moten

Assistant Professor of History (2013)

Contact Information

motenc@dickinson.edu

Denny Hall Room 12
717.245.1913

Bio

Dr. Moten focuses on 20th Century United States with specializations in Women's/Gender History and African American History. Her research examines black women's struggles for economic justice in the 20th century urban north. Dr. Moten teaches classes related to United States History, Urban History, African American History, and Women's and Gender History.

Education

  • B.A., Washington University (MO), 2004
  • M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006
  • Ph.D., 2013

2014-2015 Academic Year

Fall 2014

FYSM 100 First-Year Seminar
The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces students to Dickinson as a "community of inquiry" by developing habits of mind essential to liberal learning. Through the study of a compelling issue or broad topic chosen by their faculty member, students will: - Critically analyze information and ideas - Examine issues from multiple perspectives - Discuss, debate and defend ideas, including one's own views, with clarity and reason - Develop discernment, facility and ethical responsibility in using information, and - Create clear academic writing The small group seminar format of this course promotes discussion and interaction among students and their professor. In addition, the professor serves as students' initial academic advisor. This course does not duplicate in content any other course in the curriculum and may not be used to fulfill any other graduation requirement.

HIST 118 American Hist 1877 to Present
This course covers aspects of political evolution, foreign policy development, industrialization, urbanization, and the expanding roles of 20th century central government. Includes attention to historical interpretation. Multiple sections offered.

AFST 500 Independent Study

Spring 2015

AMST 200 Civil Rights Movement
Cross-listed with AFST 220-03 and HIST 211-01. This course will examine the post-World War II Civil Rights Movement led by African Americans in the United States. In the class, we will analyze key people, issues, events and debates within movement history, including, but not limited to, gender and leadership; struggles for civil rights in the south, west, and urban north; the impact of the Cold War on race relations; student activism; movement strategies; and the emergence of Black Power. Throughout the semester, we will read a wide variety of primary and secondary texts to illuminate the activities and life stories of individual participants as well as the broad historical forces that characterized this long era of insurgency.

HIST 211 Sex and the City
Cross-listed with AFST 220-02. In this class, we will consider the ways in which gender and sexuality have been created, contested, defined, and performed in the urban environment. We will examine several United States cities to illuminate how gender has been inscribed on the urban environment and the ways in which “the gendered city” reflects “complex intersections of race, class, and sexual orientation.” The course might include a day trip to Philadelphia; Washington, DC; or New York City.

HIST 211 Civil Rights Movement
Cross-listed with AFST 220-03 and AMST 200-03. This course will examine the post-World War II Civil Rights Movement led by African Americans in the United States. In the class, we will analyze key people, issues, events and debates within movement history, including, but not limited to, gender and leadership; struggles for civil rights in the south, west, and urban north; the impact of the Cold War on race relations; student activism; movement strategies; and the emergence of Black Power. Throughout the semester, we will read a wide variety of primary and secondary texts to illuminate the activities and life stories of individual participants as well as the broad historical forces that characterized this long era of insurgency.

AFST 220 Civil Rights Movement
Cross-listed with HIST 211-01 and AMST 200-03. This course will examine the post-World War II Civil Rights Movement led by African Americans in the United States. In the class, we will analyze key people, issues, events and debates within movement history, including, but not limited to, gender and leadership; struggles for civil rights in the south, west, and urban north; the impact of the Cold War on race relations; student activism; movement strategies; and the emergence of Black Power. Throughout the semester, we will read a wide variety of primary and secondary texts to illuminate the activities and life stories of individual participants as well as the broad historical forces that characterized this long era of insurgency.

AFST 220 Sex and the City
Cross-listed with HIST 211-02. In this class, we will consider the ways in which gender and sexuality have been created, contested, defined, and performed in the urban environment. We will examine several United States cities to illuminate how gender has been inscribed on the urban environment and the ways in which “the gendered city” reflects “complex intersections of race, class, and sexual orientation.” The course might include a day trip to Philadelphia; Washington, DC; or New York City.

HIST 311 Frederick Douglass to B. Obama
Cross-listed with AFST 320-04. This writing intensive class will examine African American intellectuals and intellectual life from the mid-nineteenth century up until today. We will examine the lives and thought of a variety of African Americans, from political theorists, social scientists, philosophers and economists to social critics, novelists, artists, and activists. In the class, we will situate their ideas within broader historical contexts. By analyzing a wide range of texts, we will look at the issues that were most pressing to them: race and racism, the desire for self-expression, economic development, political representation, and social activism. Ultimately, the course aims to explore how African American intellectuals have contributed to our understanding of issues facing African Americans in the US and across the Diaspora.

AFST 320 Frederick Douglass to B. Obama
Cross-listed with HIST 311-02. This writing intensive class will examine African American intellectuals and intellectual life from the mid-nineteenth century up until today. We will examine the lives and thought of a variety of African Americans, from political theorists, social scientists, philosophers and economists to social critics, novelists, artists, and activists. In the class, we will situate their ideas within broader historical contexts. By analyzing a wide range of texts, we will look at the issues that were most pressing to them: race and racism, the desire for self-expression, economic development, political representation, and social activism. Ultimately, the course aims to explore how African American intellectuals have contributed to our understanding of issues facing African Americans in the US and across the Diaspora.