Assistant Professor of History and African American Studies
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2011
20th century U.S., Women’s, Southern, Capitalism Studies/Business History
Shennette Garrett-Scott is an Assistant Professor of History and African-American Studies whose research interests join African-American, women’s and gender, and history of capitalism studies. Her dissertation focused on southern African-American women in the formal and informal insurance industry from the late nineteenth-century to the Great Depression. She joins Ole Miss after spending a year as a Postdoctoral Fellow of African-American Studies at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
Her essay publications include “‘Everything That Is Mean, Damnable, and Cursed’: Minnie Geddings Cox and the Indianola Affair, 1902-1904,” forthcoming in the Journal of Mississippi History; “‘To Feed the Lion of Prejudice’: Maggie Lena Walker and the Fight for Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Early 1900s,” in The True Worth of a Race: African American Women and the Struggle for Freedom (Washington, DC: Association of Black Women Historians, forthcoming 2014); and “‘The Hope of the South’: The New Century Cotton Mill of Dallas, Texas, and the Business of Race in the New South, 1902–1907,” Southwestern Historical Quarterly (October 2012), which won the Texas State Historical Association’s H. Bailey Carroll Award for Best Article of 2012.
She also has an essay manuscript in review entitled “‘The Door of Hope, the Door of Opportunity’: Minnie Geddings Cox and the Mississippi Life Insurance Company, 1908-1923,” which reconceptualizes the roles of gender, race, and business in the New South through a focus on the enterprising life of Minnie Cox. Cox is best known as the first African-American postmistress in Mississippi. In 1903, she was forced out of her position amidst racial turmoil in Sunflower County. Few know that she co-founded an insurance company a few years after the so-called “Indianola Affair.” By the early 1920s, Mississippi Life had become the third largest black-owned life insurance company in the United States.
Dr. Garrett-Scott is currently working on an article about Progressive Era state regulation of black-owned banks in Mississippi and a book entitled Invincible Daughters of Commerce: Black Women in Finance, 1880s to 1950s.
African American History Survey
Black Women’s Enterprise and Activism in the Long Freedom Movement
Experiences of Black Mississippians