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Amber Moulton

Ph.D. in African American Studies, with a primary field in History

Class of 2011

Amber Moulton is Assistant Professor of US History, Race and Ethnicity at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She received her B.A. from Gettysburg College in 2002, A.M. in History from Harvard in 2007, and Ph.D. in African American Studies from Harvard in 2011. In May 2011, she completed her dissertation, “Marriage Extraordinary:  Interracial Marriage and the Politics of Family in Antebellum Massachusetts,” and is currently working on a book manuscript based on the dissertation. “Marriage Extraordinary” examines the history of law, racial ideology, social activism, and political mobilization surrounding to the legalization of interracial marriage in Massachusetts in 1843.  Moulton’s research interests include the broad swathe of African American history, theories of culture and Diaspora, slavery and abolition, white supremacy and domestic terrorism, the impacts of gender, race, and class on American identity formation, and interracialism in history and literature. Her publications include reviews and articles in Civil War History and the New England Quarterly, and she has a forthcoming article entitled “’Closing the Floodgate of Impurity’: Moral Reform, Anti-Slavery, and Interracial Marriage in Antebellum Massachusetts” in the Journal of the Civil War Era.


Moulton has taught widely in History and African American Studies. She currently teaches the survey of US History to 1877, the Age of Civil War and Reconstruction, and Women in Early American History. She also created and taught a new course, Roots, Race and Resistance: Topics in African American History Through Film, in Spring 2012. She has taught African-American History as a Senior Lecturer at Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies and at Harvard served as Teaching Fellow for AAAS 10:  Introduction to African American Studies, AAAS 121:  Please Wake Up: Race, Gender and Ethnicity in the Films of Spike Lee, HIST 84: Histories of the Present, HIST 1625: American Civil War in History and Memory, and HSB 39: American Revolutions in the Atlantic World.