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Allison Berg

Allison  Berg
  • Associate Professor
  • Faculty
  • Case Hall Room N353
  • 842 Chestnut Rd
  • East Lansing, MI 48825
  • 517-353-8600


Berg, Allison (Ph.D., Indiana University--Bloomington; English) Professor Berg’s research focuses on the history and literature of social movements, with an emphasis on race, class, gender, and sexuality.  Her publications include a book titled Mothering the Race: Women’s Narratives of Reproduction, 1890-1930(University of Illinois Press), which examines African American and white women’s literary depictions of maternity   in the context of early twentieth-century social movements, including the feminist, birth control, racial uplift, and eugenics movements. She has also published many articles on the Harlem Renaissance, the civil rights movement, multicultural pedagogy, and other topics.  Her article “Trauma and Testimony in Black Women’s Civil Rights Memoirs” was published in the Journal of Women’s History.  She regularly teaches MC 281, “Immigrants, Minorities, and American Pluralism”; MC 368, “The Civil Rights Movement and its Legacies”; and MC 498, “The History and Future of Modern Feminism.”  Professor Berg is the director of the James Madison Writing Consultancy and serves as James Madison’s Faculty Excellence Advocate.


Allison Berg published an article titled "Trauma and Testimony in Black Women's Civil Rights Memoirs: The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Started It, Warriors Don't Cry, and From the Mississippi Delta," in the fall 2009 volume of the "Journal of Women's History."