Faculty Profile

Crystal Moten

Assistant Professor of History (2013)

Contact Information

motenc@dickinson.edu

239 W Louther St Room 202
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

2015-2016 Academic Year

Fall 2015

HIST 211 Sex and the City
Cross-listed with AFST 220-05.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.

AFST 220 African Amer Since Slavery
Cross-listed with HIST 273-01.Focuses on the history of Americans of African ancestry in the years following the American Civil War, which ended in 1865. The course examines several important transformations of African Americans as a people. In the first, we consider the transition from slavery to a nominal but highly circumscribed "freedom," which ended with the destruction of Reconstruction governments in the South. We consider the institution-building and community-building processes among African Americans, and the development of distinctive elite and folk cultures among various classes of black people. We examine the Great Migration north and west between 1900 and 1920, and the urbanization of what had been a predominately rural people. Fifth, we consider the differential impact of World War I, the Great Depression, and the New Deal and World War II on African Americans, and the creation of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950's - 1980's.

AFST 220 Sex and the City
Cross-listed with HIST 211-01.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 273 African Amer Since Slavery
Cross-listed with AFST 220-06.