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Dr. Sharon Harley, Associate Professor in the African American Studies Department at the University of Maryland, College Park, researches and teaches black women’s labor history and racial and gender politics. A leading scholar in the field of black women’s history, Dr. Harley is recognized as one of the top pioneer scholars in the field and as is one of 22 black female historians highlighted in the MSNBC's root.com gallery feature, “Keepers of Black Women’s History.” She is the editor and a contributor to the noted anthologies Sister Circle: Black Women and Work (Rutgers, 2002) and Women’s Labor in the Global Economy: Speaking in Multiple Voices (Rutgers, 2008)-both publications resulting from major Ford Foundation grants and a Rockefeller Bellagio Grant that Dr. Harley directed. Her essay, “Race Women: Cultural Productions and Radical Labor Politics” appears in the first edited volume and her widely cited article, “’Working for Nothing but a Living’: Black Women in the Underground Economy” appears in the later volume. Her most recent publication is an essay titled “The Solidarity of Humanity: Anna Julia Cooper’s Personal Encounters and Thinking about the Intersectionality of Race, Gender, and Oppression” (2015). HerTimetables of African American History was selected by the New York Times as a Book of the Month as well as History Book of the Month.

She has been a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, at the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University, the Smithsonian Institution, and at the National Humanities Center at the Research Triangle, North Carolina.

Dr. Harley recently completed a historical monograph about gender, labor, and citizenship in the lives of African Americans in the United States from the 1862 to 1920. Her current Hutchins Institute research project is titled “Re-Reading W. E. B. Du Bois’ Life and Scholarship through a Gendered Lens.”

She has delivered scholarly papers about race, gender and labor politics in China, Costa Rico, France, Ghana, Italy, Ireland, South Korea, Spain, and the U.S. Most recently, she delivered one of the keynote presentations (titled “A Race Woman’s Representation of Africa and Diaspora Culture: Shirley Graham Du Bois ‘Tom Tom’”) at the NYU/Harvard Black Portraiture [s} II conference: “Imaging the Black Body and Re-staging Histories" in Florence, Italy.

Finally, Professor Harley is the recipient of numerous scholarly awards and recognitions. One of her most distinguished honors is being awarded the Association for the Study of African American Life and History’s Carter G. Woodson Medallion for Outstanding Scholarship.