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Emilye Crosby

Professor of


Sturges Hall 13L
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454

Crosby and Geneseo folksEmilye Crosby with Shanna Reulbach, Alexis Everson, Brian Hartle, and Ryne Kitrow, all class of 2010, at SNCC 50th Aninversary Conference, Raleigh, NC.

Emilye Crosby has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 1995.

Faculty Information


  • Ph.D., Indiana University

Research Interests

  • African American
  • Civil Rights Movement
  • Women's History


Awards and Honors

  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service, 2013.
  • President's Award for Excellence in Research and Creativity, Geneseo, 2007.
  • Liberty Legacy Foundation Award, Honorable Mention, for A Little Taste of Freedom, Organization of American Historians, 2006.
  • McLemore Prize, for A Little Taste of Freedom, Mississippi Historical Society book prize, 2006.
  • Spencer Roemer Supported Professor, 2005-2008.
  • Harter Mentoring Award, Geneseo, 2004.
  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2002.
  • PATH Award, Geneseo, 1997.

Publications and Professional Activities

  • Civil Rights History from the Ground Up: Local Struggles, a National MovementCrosby, CRH from the Ground Up
  • A Little Taste of Freedom: The Black Freedom Struggle in Claiborne County, MississippiCrosby, Little Taste of Freedom
  • "'Looking the Devil in the Eye': Race Relations and the Civil Rights Movement in Claiborne County History and Memory," in The Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi, ed. by Ted Ownby (University Press of Mississippi, forthcoming, tentatively scheduled for 2011).
  • "'God's Appointed Savior': Charles Evers's Use of Local Movements for National Prestige," in Groundwork: The Local Black Freedom Movement in America, eds. Komozi Woodard and Jeanne Theoharis (New York: New York University press, 2005), 165-92.
  • "'You Got a Right To Defend Yourself': Self-Defense and the Claiborne County, Mississippi Movement," International Journal of Africana Studies, vol. 9 (no. 1, Spring 2004), 133-63.
  • "'This nonviolent stuff ain't no good. It'll get ya killed.': Teaching about Self-Defense in the African-American Freedom Struggle," in Teaching the Civil Rights Movement eds. Julie Buckner, Houston Roberson, Rhonda Y. Williams, Susan Holt (New York: Routledge, 2002), 159-73.
Fall 2016 Classes

BLKS 220:
Black LivesMatter:Past&Present

    HIST 266:
    S/U/Civil Rights Movemnt in Am

      Through the Civil Rights Movement, African Americans and their white allies initiated and maintained a massive social movement which assaulted centuries of discrimination, segregation, and racism in t
      he United States. We will examine, not only familiar images from the movement, but also the larger forces that made the movement possible. We will identify the social, political, and economic changes that contributed to the making of the Movement, paying particular attention to the African-American tradition of struggle and protest. Within the movement, we will consider such topics as the role of public leaders and grass roots activists; the role of the media; the extent and nature of nonviolence and self-defense; and the relationship between national events, leaders, laws, and organizations and local movements and local realities; and the Black Power movement of the late 1960s. Credits: 3(3-0). Not offered on a regular basis
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    INTD 105:
    WrSm:Civil Rights-Hist &Movies

      Writing Seminar is a course focusing on a specific topic while emphasizing writing practice and instruction, potentially taught by any member of the College faculty. Because this is primarily a course
      in writing, reading assignments will be briefer than in traditional topic courses, and students will prove their understanding of the subject matter through writing compositions rather than taking examinations.
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