Office hours: Tuesday 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago
Teaching and Research Interests
American Progressivism, Women, Religion
Professor Payne is the author of Reform, Labor, and Feminism: Margaret Drier Robbins and the Women’s Trade Union League (University of Illinois Press, 1988), which explores how, in the early 20th century, working women and wealthy and middle-class allies joined together in the Women’s Trade Union League to unionize women workers, bring their problems to public attention, and secure protective legislation. She is also a co-editor of Mississippi Women: Their Histories, Their Lives, Volume 1 (University of Georgia Press, 2003) and Mississippi Women: Their Histories, Their Lives, Volume 2 (University of Georgia Press, 2010). Volume 1 of Mississippi Women enriched our understanding of women’s roles in the state’s history through profiles of notable, though often neglected, individuals. Volume 2 explores the historical forces that have shaped women’s lives in Mississippi.
Additionally, Professor Payne has worked on a variety of oral history projects about women in North Mississippi which include:
NORTH MISSISSIPPI WOMEN’S HISTORY PROJECT
An oral history project that interviewed women in North Mississippi, mostly in Union County, to learn about their lives and experiences growing up in the region.
A documentary film on the women of North Mississippi.