Gretchen Long

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Professor of History

Hollander Hall Rm 214

Spring 2020 Class Hours

All classes being taught online.

Spring 2020 Office Hours

No meetings on campus.


B.A. Wesleyan University (1989)
M.A. University of Chicago, History (1994)
Ph.D. University of Chicago, American History (2003)

Selected Publications


Doctoring Freedom: The Politics of African American Medical Care in Slavery and Emancipation (University of North Carolina Press, 2012).

Articles, Chapters, and Review:

Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Invited Contributor. “Medical Care, Public Health, and Race” (University of North Carolina Press, 2012).

“’I Studied and Practiced Medicine without Molestation’: African American Doctors in the First Year of Freedom,” Chapter in edited collection, Precarious Prescriptions (forthcoming in Spring 2014, University of Minnesota Press).

Review of Becoming Free Remaining Free: Manumission and Enslavement in New Orleans 1846-1862, in the December 2004 issue of the Journal of American History.

Review of Intensely Human: The Health of the Black Soldier in the American Civil War in the November, 2009 issue of the Journal of Southern History.

Review of Sick From Freedom: African-American Illness and Suffering During the Civil War and Reconstruction forthcoming in the Summer 2014 issue of the Bulletin of the History of Medicine.

Research Interests

African American History. American Women’s History, American Medical History, African American literature, Emancipation

Theses Advised

Annie Jeong ’14 From Pictures to Pageants through Plastic:  Korea’s Changing Face

Courtney Alexander ’13In Spite of It All:  Sexuality and Motherhood in Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Program Connections

Africana Studies

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies