Specializing in the study of African-American women and convict labor in the post-Civil War South, Talitha LeFlouria is the author of Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South (UNC Press, 2015). The book won the 2016 Darlene Clark Hine Award from the Organization of American Historians and the 2016 Philip Taft Labor History Award from the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations & Labor and Working-Class History Association. Chained in Silence also earned her the 2016 Malcolm Bell, Jr. and Muriel Barrow Bell Award from the Georgia Historical Society, the 2015 Berkshire Conference of Women Historians’ (First) Book Prize, the 2015 Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Book Prize from the Association of Black Women Historians, and the 2015 Ida B. Wells Tribute Award from the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.
LeFlouria was appointed to the board of directors for Historians Against Slavery last year. Before her faculty appointment, LeFlouria was a postdoctoral fellow in the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies (2015–16). LeFlouria received her Ph.D. in history from Howard University and taught at Florida Atlantic University (2009–2015) previously.
LeFlouria is working on a second book project, Doctoring Captivity: Prison Physicians and Incarcerated Patients in the post-Civil War South. LeFlouria is teaching two new courses this year: “Black Women and Work” and “Slavery Since Emancipation.”