Arch Dalrymple III Department of History

University of Mississippi

Shennette Garrett-Scott

Assistant Professor of History and African American Studies

Office Hours: By Appointment

Longstreet Hall 304
(662) 915-5977 |

Ph.D, University of Texas at Austin

Teaching and Research Interests
20th-century United States, African American, Women’s History, Southern History, Capitalism Studies, Business History

Shennette Garrett-Scott is a historian of gender, race, and business who focuses on black women in the financial industry. Her first book Banking on Freedom forthcoming Fall 2018, Columbia University Press) is the first full-length history of finance capitalism that centers black women and the banking institutions and networks they built from the eve of the Civil War to the Great Depression. Black women played essential roles in black communities’ efforts to use finance to carve out possibilities within U.S. capitalism and society. As black women created, maintained, and used their own financial institutions and networks, they linked political demands, such as equal access to public accommodations, with other demands for reparative justice, such as access to credit, fair prices, and better housing. Black women’s complicated entanglements with U.S. finance reveal how race and gender mutually reinforce each other as categories of exclusion and difference—and inclusion and participation—in U.S. capitalism. Financial institutions and practices represented a terrain upon which black women worked out familial and community strategies to achieve economic and social justice under the Jim Crow system of racial apartheid—even as those same institutions and practices constrained their vision of what constituted justice.

Her forthcoming projects include peonage and the extralegal, informal economy of bootlegging in the Deep South and a Mexican colony of African American sharecroppers during the Porfirian regime.

Courses Taught
African American History Survey to and since 1865
African American Women’s History
Black Women’s Enterprise and Activism in the Black Freedom Struggle
Oprah Winfrey: Gender, Race, and Power
Black Image in Popular Movies
Experiences of Black Mississippians
Origins of the Jim Crow South
African American Historiography (Graduate)
Readings in U.S. History from Civil War to the Present (Graduate)

Courses in Development
African American History through Literature (Team Taught)
Black Capitalism