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Berg, Allison

Associate Professor

Case Hall
842 Chestnut Rd Room N353
East Lansing, MI 48825


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, Mothering the Race:  Women’s Narratives of Reproduction, 1890-1930, which examines African American and white women’s writing about feminism, birth control, eugenics, and racial uplift in the early twentieth century.  She has also published many articles on African American literature and history, including “Trauma and Testimony in Black Women’s Civil Rights Memoirs,” 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 388, “Gender and Sexuality.” She was awarded a Lilly Teaching Fellowship in 1999 and currently serves as the director of the James Madison Writing Consultancy. 


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."