PAULA MARIE SENIORS

Paula Marie Seniors

Associate Professor

Office

672 McBryde Hall 
225 Stanger Street 
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Phone

(540) 231-7205

Email

pseniors@vt.edu

Department Membership

Sociology

Expertise

  • U.S. History
  • Ethnic and African American Studies
  • African American and Multi-Racial Radical Movements
  • African American and Multiracial Theater, Film and Dance
  • Gender Studies

Education

  • Ph.D. University of California - San Diego
  • M.A. University of California - San Diego
  • B.F.A. City College of New York

Awards and Honors

2013 - South Atlantic Studies Initiative Award, for archival visits to University of Tennessee Knoxville, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and Duke University Archives for,  “For Freedom Now” African American women Radical Activists (1958-1984): Mae Mallory, the Negroes with Guns Movement, and the Monroe Defense Committee: and African American Female Sojourners of the Grenadian and Nicaraguan Revolutions. 2013.

2010-2011 - South Atlantic Humanities Faculty Fellow for the Virginia Foundation for Humanities fellowship to pursue your project titled “For Freedom Now,”African American Women Radical Activists (1956-1987):  Mae Mallory, the Monroe Defense Committee and African American Woman Sojourners of the Grenadian and Nicaraguan Revolution. Fall 2010- Summer 2011.

2009 - Winner of the Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Prize, The Association of Black Women Historians.

Selected Publications

Books

Seniors, P. Beyond Lift Every Voice and Sing: The Culture of Uplift, Identity, and Politics in Black Musical Theater. Ohio State University Press, June 16, 2009.

Winner of the Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Prize, The Association of Black Women Historians for Beyond Lift Every Voice and Sing: The Culture of Uplift, Identity, and Politics in Black Musical Theater. Ohio State University Press, June 16, 2009

Book Chapters

Paula Marie Seniors, “Mae Mallory and “The Southern Belle Fantasy Trope” at The Cuyahoga County Jail 21st and Payne PAIN,” From Uncle Tom's Cabin to The Help: Critical Perspectives on White-Authored Narratives of Black Life, Claire Garcia, Vershawn Young, editors, Palgrave Macmillan, August 2014.

Seniors, P. “Exile and Erasure in Cinderella The African American Cinderella and the Asian Prince,” Images That Injure, Dente S. (ed)., Praeger Press, Spring 2011.

Books Under Contract

African American Women Radical Activists 1958-1987: Mae Mallory, The Monroe Defense Committee and World Revolutions, University of Georgia Press

The Michelle Obama Project (Working Title), Edited Volume, Editors, Paula Marie Seniors, Michelle Duster, Rose Thevenin, Palgrave, Forthcoming

Articles

Seniors, P. “Cole and Johnson’s The Red Moon (1908-1910): Reimagining African American and Native American Female Education at Hampton Institute.” The Journal of African American History, Winter 2008.

Seniors, P. “Ada Overton Walker, Abbie Mitchell and the Gibson Girl: Reconstructing African American Womanhood,”The International Journal of Africana Studies, Volume 13, Issue 2, Fall 2007, Published 2008.

Seniors, P. “Red, Black, and Yellow, Conquest, Slavery, and Indispensable Labor: Teaching and Learning American History Through a Multicultural Curriculum,” The Black History Bulletin, (Summer-Fall, 2007, Volume 70, Number 2), Published in 2008.

Blogs

“Mae Mallory, Audrey and Clarence Seniors and the Monroe Defense Committee” March 26, 2017

“Mae Mallory and “Of Dogs and Men” April 11, 2017

Additional Information

Current Projects:

  • African American Women Radical Activists 1958-1987: Mae Mallory, The Monroe Defense Committee and World Revolutions, University of Georgia Press
  • Michelle Obama Book Project, Edited Volume, Editors, Paula Marie Seniors, Michelle Duster, Rose Thevenin.
  • Exile and Erasure Black Princesses: The Case of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (1997), Disney’s Princess and the Frog (2009), MTVs Carmen the Hip Hopera, and First Lady Michelle Obama.
  • “Reconfiguring Black Motherhood: Michelle Obama and the “Mom in Charge Trope,” Michelle Obama Project (Working Title), Edited Volume, Editors, Paula Marie Seniors, Michelle Duster, Rose Thevenin, Palgrave
  • “Call My Momma”…“Tell those gang members outside the door to go away from my home and family:” Police Assaults of Black Girls, Their Criminalization, and Michelle Obama’s Silence (Working Title), Michelle Obama Project (Working Title), Edited Volume, Editors, Paula Marie Seniors, Michelle Duster, Rose Thevenin, Palgrave
  • “Bob Cole's Colored Man's Declaration of Independence, Black Economic Nationalism and the case of Shoo Fly Regiment (1906) and Shuffle Along (2016),”  The Routledge Companion to African American Theatre and Performance (CAATP) edited by Kathy A. Perkins, Sandra L. Richards, Renée Alexander Craft, and Thomas F. DeFrantz
  • “Mae Mallory,” Black Power Encyclopedia, Akinyele Umoja, Editor, (Santa Barbara, ABC-CLIO/ Greenwood Publishing.
  • “Monroe Defense Committee,” Black Power Encyclopedia, Editors, Akinyele Umoja, Jasmin A. Young, (Santa Barbara, ABC-CLIO/ Greenwood Publishing
  • “Bob Cole and the Politics of Insurrection in Shoo Fly Regiment and the Red Moon,” Fire, The Multimedia Journal of Blacks Studies, Forthcoming.