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Paula Marie Seniors

Paula Marie Seniors, Associate Professor

Paula Marie Seniors, Associate Professor
Paula Marie Seniors, Associate Professor

Department of Sociology
672 McBryde Hall 
225 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-7205 | pseniors@vt.edu

Dr. Paula Marie Seniors is an associate professor in the Virginia Department of Sociology.

  • 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
  • PhD, University of California - San Diego
  • MA, University of California - San Diego
  • MA, Musical Theater Vocal Performance - New York University
  • BFA, City College of New York
  • Affiliated Faculty Member, Women’s and Gender Studies, Virginia Tech
  • Affiliated Faculty Member, American Indian Studies, Virginia Tech
  • 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 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)

Books

Mae Mallory, the Monroe Defense Committee and World Revolutions: African American Women Radical Activists (1956-1987), The University of Georgia Press, 2022

Michelle Obama’s Impact on African American Women and Girls, Editors, Paula Marie Seniors, Michelle Duster, Rose Thevenin, Palgrave MacMillan, 2018

Beyond Lift Every Voice and Sing: The Culture of Uplift, Identity, and Politics in Black Musical Theater. Ohio State University Press, June 16, 2009. Released in Paperback 2017 - winner of the Winner of the Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Prize, The Association of Black Women Historians, 

Journal 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.

Book Chapters

“Reconfiguring Black Motherhood: Michelle Obama and the Mom in Charge Trope,” Michelle Obama’s Impact on African American Women and Girls, Editors, Paula Marie Seniors, Michelle Duster, Rose Thevenin, Palgrave MacMillan, 2018

“Introduction, Michelle Obama’s Impact on African American Women and Girls, Editors, Paula Marie Seniors, Michelle Duster, Rose Thevenin, Palgrave MacMillan, 2018

“Conclusion,” Michelle Obama’s Impact on African American Women and Girls, Editors, Paula Marie Seniors, Michelle Duster, Rose Thevenin, Palgrave MacMillan, 2018

“Bob Cole's Colored Man's Declaration of Independence, Black Economic Nationalism and the case of Shoo Fly Regiment (1906) and Shuffle Along (2016)” to 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, 2018

“Mae Mallory,” Black Power Encyclopedia, Akinyele Umoja, Editor, (Santa Barbara, ABC-CLIO/ Greenwood Publishing, 2018.

“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.

 “Exile and Erasure in Cinderella: The African American Cinderella and the Asian Prince,” Images That Injure, Susan Dente Editor, Praeger Press, Spring 2011.

" Transforming the Carmen Narrative: The Case of Carmen the Hip Hopera." Message in the Music: Hip Hop, History, and Pedagogy, The Association for African American Life and History Press, ed. Dr. Derrick P. Alridge & James B. Stewart, Fall 2011.

 “Jack Johnson, Paul Robeson and The Hyper Masculine African American Übermensch.” Harlem Renaissance Revisited, Politics, Arts, Letters. John Hopkins University Press, Jeffrey Ogbar, Spring 2010.

Current Projects:

BOOKS 

African American Women Wept: Police, State, and White Supremacist Violence Against African American Girls and Women Before and During the Grand Global Apocalyptic Pandemic

Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha: Dr. T.J. Anderson, and The 1972 Atlanta, Georgia World Premiere of an American Opera (working title).

JOURNAL ARTICLES

“Recovering Paul Robeson,” ASALH’s Black History Bulletin, Submitted August 2021

“Claudette Colvin, Mary Louise Smith, Excavating Black Girls History,” ASALH’s Black History Bulletin, Submitted August 2021

RECENT ACADEMIC NEWS

“Mae Mallory, Pat Mallory, the Harlem Nine, and Incarceration as a Political Prisoner,” Harlem’s Education Movements: Changing the Civil Rights Narrative, Columbia University Teachers College, July 22, 2021

“Mae Mallory, The Monroe Defense Committee, and World Revolutions,” Jared Ball, Black Power Media, Summer 2021

“Mae Mallory, The Monroe Defense Committee, and World Revolutions,”ASALH BETHEL, Spring 2021

“From Blackface to Tina and Everything in Between: The Black Experience in the Musical, after 1865, Wingspace Salons, 8 October, 2020. I was on the panel with Dr. Eric M. Glover, who invited me Yale University, Broadway Conductor,  Sean Mayes, and Hadestown director Tamilla Woodard, http://wingspace.com/blog-1/2020/10/8/virtual-salon-16-from-blackface-to-tina-amp-everything-in-between

“Mae Mallory, The Monroe Defense Committee, and World Revolutions,” Lee Hagen Africana Studies Center, Jersey City University, 28 October 2020

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