Vanessa Holden

Vanessa HoldenPh.D., Rutgers University
B.A., Randolph-Macon Woman’s College

At Michigan State University since 2012

Research Interests

Dr. Holden is an African Americanist whose work focuses on the experiences of women during slavery in the American South. She is particularly interested in the ways that race, class, gender, and sexuality shaped American history. Dr. Holden is also interested in the comparative study of resistance and rebellion throughout the African diaspora.

Current Project

Dr. Holden is working on a book length manuscript that focuses on the role of African American women and the role of community in the Southampton Rebellion (Nat Turner’s Rebellion). She is also working on article length pieces that engage the importance of including free people of color and African American children in the study of slave resistance.

Courses Regularly Taught

History 310: African American History until 1876

History 202: US History to 1876

Position: Assistant Professor

Field: Women & Gender

Region: United States

Office: 208A Old Horticulture


Phone: (517) 884-4885

Fax: (517) 353-5599