"Margaret Garner" (True story that inspired Toni Morrison’s novel, Beloved)


2013 "Gendered Resistance: Women, Slavery and the Legacy of Margaret Garner," an anthology of interdisciplinary chapters on women who have rejected subjugation in contemporary and historic contexts, co-editor with Mary E. Frederickson (History), Foreword, Darlene Clark Hine, University of Illinois Press, The New Black Studies Series

Book Chapters:

2016 “Rendering Margaret Garner Accessible: The Preproduction Outreach Campaign”  in Margaret Garner: The Premiere Performances of Toni Morrison’s Libretto, La Vinia Delois Jennings, ed., University of Virginia Press. [Winner the 2016 Toni Morrison Society Best Edited Book Award] 

2010 “Garner, Margaret,” in Encyclopedia of American Women’s History, Hasia R. Diner, ed. NY: Facts on File, Inc.

2010 “Practical Anthropology & the Alleviation of Health Care Disparities: Achievements & Challenges," Anthropology News of the American Anthropological Association, National Association for the Practice of Anthropology column, December

2007 “Margaret Garner," in The Encyclopedia of Emancipation and Abolition in the Trans-Atlantic World, Junius P. Rodriguez, ed. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharp, Inc.

2002 “Work," in Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives. (Based on the HBO Documentary) Boston: Bulfinch Press, Chapter 2, pp. 36-53.


2005-6 “Margaret’s Desperate Solution," in souvenir program for Margaret Garner, Cincinnati Opera, 2005; Reprinted for the Opera Theater of Philadelphia, 2006; & the New York City Opera Company:

2006 “Examining the Legacy of Slavery in the Ohio Valley” in The Freedom Chronicle.

2005 “Margaret Garner in History, Fiction and Opera” program essay for Toni Morrison & Sites of Memory Fourth Biennial Conference, Toni Morrison Society “Margaret Garner Site in Richwood, Kentucky,” Essay in TMS Program

2004 “Involving Students and the Community in Local Underground Railroad Research," The Freedom Chronicle, NKU’s Institute for Freedom Studies:

1996 “Strategies for Teaching about Race, Gender and other Categories of Difference"  in VOICES: Association for Feminist Anthropology. Vol.1 Nos. 2-3, 13-16. 

Book Review:

2007 Review of Sons of Providence: The Brown Brothers, the Slave Trade and the American Revolution, Charles Rappleye, in The Freedom Seeker: Newsletter of the Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region (Albany, NY), Summer.

Reader’s Guides:

2009-10 for Ida, A Sword Among Lions by Paula J. Giddings, commissioned by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.’s National Reading Circle in collaboration with NCRW

2010-11 for The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander, for Delta Sigma Theta, National Reading Circle

Yemen & the Middle East:

"Perceptions of Social Inequality in the Yemen Arab Republic,” 1987
(University Microfilms International, Ann Arbor, Michigan, #8801582)
[Ethnographic research on the social, gender and racial hierarchy in Yemen, an Arab Muslim society with an African-identified minority population]


Book Chapters - Yemen/ Middle East:

2016 Excerpt from “Caste Among Outcastes,” in Feminist Ethnography: Thinking Through Methodologies, Challenges, and Possibilities, Dana-Ain Davis & Christa Craven, eds. Rowman & Littlefield.

2001 “Women, Health Care and Social Reform in Yemen,” in Feminism & Antiracism: International Struggles for Justice, France Winddance Twine and Kathleen Blee (eds.), New York University Press, Chapter 4; pp. 71-93.

1998 "Invisible Survivors: Women and Diversity in the Transitional Economy of Yemen," in Middle Eastern Women in the Invisible Economy, Richard Lobban (ed.), University Press of Florida, Chapter 3, pp. 74-95.

2006 Above translated into Arabic in Challenging the Familiar: Historical and Anthropological Studies of Yemen, Lucine Taminian, ed., Sana`a: American Institute for Yemeni Studies, pp. 161-186.

1996 “Caste Among Outcastes: Interpreting Sexual Orientation, Racial and Gender Identity in the Yemen Arab Republic," in Out in the Field: Reflections of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists. Ellen Lewin and William Leap (eds.), University of Illinois Press, Chapter 3, pp. 58-69.

1993 “Yemen Arab Republic," The Encyclopedia of World Cultures: Africa and the Middle East. Vol. VI. HRAF/Sage. Pp. 388-390.


2004 Video Guide for “Murshidat,” Media Sales, Pennsylvania State University.

1995 “Transforming Cultural, Racial and Gender Categories: An Ethnographic Update on Social Relations in Two Yemeni Communities" in Yemen Update: Newsletter, American Institute for Yemeni Studies, No. 37, 6-9. S/Fall.

Review Article:

2004 “Democracy and Development: Conflicting or Complementary Goals in Yemen?” Review of The Republic of Yemen: Development Challenges in the 21st Century, Marta Colburn, and Pioneers or Pawns: Women Health Workers and the Politics of Development in Yemen, Marina deRegt in Yemen Update, No.46, pp. 25-30, Autumn.

Video Documentary:

1999 Murshidat: Female Primary Health Care Workers Transforming Society in Yemen,” health care and inclusion of formerly enslaved African-identified groups (Arabic, English voice-over, 35 min.), available temporarily at

[Based on research, and analysis of strategies used by women to empower other women and the most marginalized groups in an Arabic-speaking, rural community in Yemen]

Other Videos (2010-2015):

Video: Understanding Our Past (RI)

Video: Serving the Creator: Narragansett Elders Speak About Their Careers in Health Care
(copy and paste in your browser and will open on the URI/ sriAHEC website)

Video: Youth into Health Careers, 

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