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Department of History
University of Mississippi

Shennette Garrett-Scott

Associate Professor of History and African American Studies

Virtual Office Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Thursday, schedule online

Longstreet Hall 214

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Twitter: @EbonRebel, #BankingOnFreedom

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Ph.D, University of Texas at Austin

Teaching and Research Interests:

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


Shennette Garrett-Scott is a historian of gender, race, and capitalism. Her award-winning first book Banking on Freedom: Black Women in U.S. Finance Before the New Deal (Columbia University Press, 2019) 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.

Selected Publications:

Banking on Freedom: Black Women in U.S. Finance Before the New Deal (Columbia University Press, 2019)


Winner, Association of Black Women Historians 2019 Letitia Woods Brown Prize for Best Book in Black Women’s History

Shortlisted, Hagley Museum & Library and the Business History Conference 2020 Hagley Prize for Best Book in Business History

Winner, Southern Historical Association 2020 Bennett H. Wall Award for Best Book in Southern Business and Economic History

Winner, Organization of American Historians 2020 Darlene Clark Hine Award for Best Book in African American Women’s and Gender History

With Beth Kruse, Rhondalyn Peairs, and Jodi Skipper, “Remembering Ida, Ida Remembering: Ida B. Wells-Barnett and Black Political Culture in Reconstruction-Era Mississippi,” Southern Cultures (forthcoming)

With Dominique Scott, “This Ain’t Yo’ Mama’s Revolution—Or Maybe It Is: #TakeDownTheFlag and the New Student Activism,” in Black Women and Social Justice Education: Legacies and Lessons, eds. Stephanie Y. Evans, Andrea D. Domingue, and Tania D. Mitchell (SUNY Press, 2019)

 With Caleb W Lugar, Milorad M. Novicevic, Ifeoluwa Tobi Popoola, John H Humphreys, and Albert J Mills, “The Historic Emergence of Intersectional Leadership: Maggie Lena Walker and the Independent Order of St. Luke,” Leadership (Aug., 2019): 1-21

“‘A Commercial Emancipation’ for the Negro: Financing Black Business in the 1920s,” Financial History Magazine (Summer 2019)

“‘To Do a Work that Would Be Very Far Reaching’: Minnie Geddings Cox, the Mississippi Life Insurance Company, and the Challenges of Black Women’s Business Leadership in the Early Twentieth-Century United States,” Enterprise and Society (Sept., 2016): 473–514

With Juliet E. K. Walker, “Introduction,” Special Issue on African Americans and Business: Race, Capitalism, and Power, Guest Editors Juliet E. K. Walker and Shennette Garrett-Scott, Journal of African American History 101, no. 4 (Fall, 2016), 395-406

“‘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 116, No. 2 (Oct., 2012): 138-66

* Winner: 2012 Texas State Historical Association Carroll Award for Best Article

“A Historiography of African American Business,” Business and Economic History Online 7 (2009)

Courses Taught:

African American Experience II

African American History Survey to and since 1865

African American Women’s History

Beyoncé, Inc.

Black Image in Popular Movies

Black Women’s Enterprise and Activism in the Black Freedom Struggle

Experiences of Black Mississippians

Oprah Winfrey: Gender, Race, and Power

Origins of the Jim Crow South

African American Historiography (Graduate)

Readings in U.S. History from Civil War to the Present (Graduate)